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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

Darlow Smithson
(Endemol Shine Group)
md Emily Dalton head of production Lynsey Neale turnover £6.2m hrs 8 key shows Nazi Megastructures (Nat Geo), Guardians of Egypt 
(Nat Geo) 

md Jonathan Stadlen exec producers Pat Doyle, Natalie von Hurter, Jenny Popplewell turnover £6.04m hrs 70 key shows Celebrities in Therapy (C5), GPs Behind Closed Doors (C5)

md Rachel Purnell creative dir Olivia Ball head of production Carl Green turnover £5.16m hrs 8 key shows Jeni & Olly West Coast Wine Adventures (Food Network), Siba’s Table (Food Network)

Minnow Films
md Morgan Matthews 
creative dir Colin Barr head of prod Clare Voyce turnover £5.1m hrs 17 key shows How to Die: Simon’s Choice (BBC2), Abused: The Untold Story (BBC1), The Unbreakables: Life and Love on Disability Campus (BBC3) SAS: Who Dares Wins (C4), Breaking into Britain: The Lorry Jumpers (C4).

Minnow is an indie on the rise, with a reputation for making docs with great access, strong storytelling and high production values. SAS: Who Dares Wins proved it can make series that win critical acclaim and audiences too. It has branched out into drama, with orders from BBC1 and C4.

Tern Television
md David Strachan creative dir Harry Bell turnover £5m hrs 33 key shows Air Ambulance ER (Sky1), Emergency Animal Hospital (C4), Big Fish Man (Discovery)

Double Act
joint ceos Alastair Cook, Rob Davis exec prod Jonah Weston turnover £4.8m hrs 23.5 key shows Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet (Animal Planet) Prison Night (C4)

ceo Amanda Ross md Simon Ross turnover £4.7m hrs 207 key shows Saturday Kitchen Live (BBC1), John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure (UKTV)

Channel X
md Alan Marke dir of progs Jim Reid head of prod Gary Matsell turnover £4.3m hrs 11 key shows About the Young Idea - Story of the Jam (Sky Arts), So Awkward (CBBC)

Burning Bright
md Clive Tulloh chairman Peter Bennett-Jones dir of production Toby Ward turnover £4.26m hrs 14 key shows Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure (ITV), 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy (Sky), Almost Royal (E4), The World According to Kenny Everett (ITV)

Burning Bright was launched in 2011 by former Tiger Aspect head of entertainment Clive Tulloh and Tiger Aspect founder Peter Bennett-Jones, and is backed by BBC Worldwide. Highlights of the past year include its Sky comedy 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy winning an international Emmy for non-scripted entertainment. The business climate for indies is ‘challenging’, says director of production Toby Ward.

Oxford Film & TV
creative dir Nicolas Kent head of production Annie Lee turnover £4.15m hrs 23.5 key shows  The Queen at 90 (BBC1), Henry VIII and his Six Wives (C5), Face of Britain (BBC2), Dan Cruickshank: At Home with the British (BBC4)

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