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December 2017

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  • The Televisual Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual's exclusive annual report, the Commercials 30, and finds that while budgets are down and production companies are under threat from agency in-house units, commercials producers are finding new horizons beyond ads too.
  • Commercials 30: Best in Show
    Commercials producers also get to vote for their favourite directors, stand out ads and top rated agencies along with their favourite post houses, editors and vfx ops. We reveal the results
  • Commercials 30: The Top 30
    Televisual reveals the Commercials 30 itself, the 30 top rated commercials production companies in the UK
  • Music in Motion
    So what’s next for the music behind the commercials? Will it be another year in the ascendant for London Grime perhaps? Portugese house? Afro beats or the Angolan kuduro sound?
  • Televisual Factual Festival report
    Last month saw Televisual's annual Factual Festival return to Bafta. How to stand out in a world of ever increasing viewer choice was the big theme this time. Tim Dams reports
  • Alison Kirkham in interview
    At the Televisual Factual Festival, the BBC's controller of factual Alison Kirkham outlined the shows the corporation is looking for in the year ahead
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  • 2017: the year in review
    Two very different stories – the rise of SVOD players and the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations – defined TV’s year. Tim Dams reports
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Production 100, 2016 Back to Reports & survey Listing

ITN Productions
md Mark Browning turnover £23.7m hrs 150 key shows The Agenda (ITV), Football League Show (C5), Dispatches (C4), The Mad World of Donald Trump (C4)

ITN’s production division continues to grow, with revenues up 40%. It has won 33 orders in factual, docs, sport and entertainment over the past year.

Red Planet
ceo Tony Jordan mds Belinda Campbell, Alex Jones head of development Judith King head of prod Alex Protherough turnover £23m hrs 18 key shows Death In Paradise (BBC1), Dickensian (BBC1)

The biggest truly indie drama producer, Red Planet is known for its quality, popular series and recently launched a factual division.

October Films
exec chair Denman Rooke md Adam Bullmore turnover £23m hrs 108.5 key shows Caravaner of the Year (BBC2), Jodie Marsh On...(TLC), Walking the Himalayas (C4), Rude Tube (C4) Trailblazers (Discovery US)

Factual producer October has had an impressive year, with turnover more than doubling to £23m. Md Adam Bullmore says the indie has seen ‘exceptional growth’ in the US where it has established a New York office and ‘strong growth’ in the UK market. Levison Wood’s travelogues have been a standout, while History has greenlit docudrama Barbarians Rising.

md Leon Wilson head of prod Beatrice Gay creative director Ed Sleeman turnover £21m hrs 67.1 key shows QI (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Through the Keyhole (ITV), The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (ITV2)

A well known name in comedy and entertainment, Talkback’s core shows Celebrity Juice and QI returned again this year. The Fremantle-owned indie also picked up scripted comedy commissions in Glitchy and
@elevenish for ITV2, which are focussed on new talent. Turnover is down slightly from £22.3m last year.

ceo Layla Smith head of production Roz Pound turnover £19.8m hrs 70 key shows Fresh Meat (C4), The Cube (ITV), Toast of London (C4), Now You See It (BBC1), Bad Robots (C4)

Layla Smith took over as CEO last year, and has launched three new labels run by well known execs.

North One
ceo Neil Duncanson md Steve Gowans turnover £19.7m hrs 437.75 key shows Fifth Gear (ITV4), Gadget Show (C5), Our Guy in Latvia (C4), Storage Hunters (UKTV)

North One has enjoyed a strong year thanks to returnable hits like Storage Hunters and Guy Martin’s shows.

Love Productions
(Sky Ventures)
creative directors Richard McKerrow, Anna Beattie, Kieran Smith turnover £19.7m key shows The Great British Bake Off (BBC1), The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2)

With Bake Off, Love has one of the biggest hits on TV. It has range too, with doc series like Benefits Street.

(Endemol Shine Group)
mds Conor Baily, Emma Hardy turnover £19.5m hrs 765.2 key shows The Wright Stuff (C5), Sunday Brunch (C4), Idris Elba: No Limits (Discovery), Saturday Show (C5)

Princess produces a big live show every day of the week. It was also behind Stand up to Cancer.

(Discovery Studios Group)
mds Neil Smith, Matthew Littleford turnover £17.8m hrs 61 key shows Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4), The Undateables (C4), Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (ITV)

TV has a poor reputation for diversity, but Betty is known for the diversity of its staff and the cast in its shows.

md Ash Atalla commercial director Tim Sealey turnover £16.8m hrs 24 key shows Cuckoo (BBC3), People Just Do Nothing (BBC3), Trollied (Sky1), I Live with Models (Comedy Central)

Rough Cut has quickly become one of the UK’s top comedy indies. It has had four returning series this year.

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