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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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Facilities 50 2016 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Every post house in The Facilities 50 is given the opportunity to vote for the rival companies they most respect and admire. Here we run through the ten most voted for outfits and highlight some of the reasons their rivals rate them highly

01 The Mill
The Mill takes first position this year with voters citing its “landmark work and premium facilities” and “international outlook.” Voters also say it has “stayed at the top of its game and is constantly evolving in an interesting way, despite being huge” and point to its ability to “continue to attract the best work in commercials.”

02 Framestore
Framestore is described as an “innovative company, working across multiple sectors. Awesome work.” Others says it “always produces the best creature and character based vfx work.” Others point to its “forward thinking philosophy” and for being “large but independent.”

03 MPC
Third in the poll is MPC, described as an “excellent facility” by some and a “well oiled machine” by others. Its fans point to MPC’s “constant quality output” and in particular its “great film work” with one voter simply mentioning “The Jungle Book” as reason enough for a vote this time.

04 The Farm
Broadcast specialist The Farm is described as “ubiquitous in TV post.  With the right blend of kit/skills/services.” Others point to its “team” and “talent” and admire its “large size whilst still maintaining quality.” Other voters describe it as “the company to catch” and say “Those ladies have built an empire!”

05 Envy
This year’s number five is Envy with its admirers pointing to its “award winning work” and its “continued strong client service.” Others flag up the facility’s continued ability to expand: “impressive growth while retaining its core values” and “continued growth in a difficult market and a high profile client base.”

06 Molinare
All-rounder Moilnare is voted into number six this time. It’s described as “very flexible with a great range of services, keen pricing and high quality output.” Others point to the company’s “staying power” as well as its “scale and talent base.” Another says its “knowledge and professionalism is impressive every time.”

07 Halo
Taking the peer poll’s seventh place in 2016 is Halo, described as a “nice Bohemian bunch” by one voter. The facility gets plaudits for its “impressive output” as well as its “respected talent and impressive growth.” Another looks to Halo for its “great brand, lovely people and fabulous work.”

08 Evolutions
Eighth in this year’s poll is Evolutions. It’s picked out by rivals for its “large size” and for the breadth of its “talent and experience.” It’s spread across London and Bristol and one voter says: “each facility has its own unique charm.Staff are very good at getting things done in the deadlines. Always very efficient.”

=09 Films@59
Three companies occupy the equal ninth position in the 2016 poll. First up is Bristol and Cardiff based Films@59 that operates as a kit hire firm as well as a post house. It’s described simply as the “best regional company there is” staffed by “genuine people who care about their projects.”

=09 Glassworks
Glassworks also occupies ninth place this year in the peer poll with its admirers singling it out for “continuing to produce high quality work across different platforms.” Its other voters heap praise on the facility for its “attention to detail” and “innovation” and for “giving something back.”

=09 Milk VFX
The third company voted ninth in the poll is vfx specialist Milk, picked out for being “an example of great work on a big scale whilst maintaining a boutique style.” Others plump for the London and Cardiff-based outfit for “pushing the boundaries for television vfx” and its “outstanding output for longform projects.”

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