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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 32nd exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 48 pages of analysis of the sector
  • Aim High
    10 page special report on production at the high end. We take a look at what’s new in colour management, pre visualisation, aerial filming, full frame shooting, the role of the DIT, working with Dolby Atmos, choosing the right codec, booking studios and
  • Drama: Genre Report
    As the streaming revolution gathers pace, with Apple TV+ and Disney+ now entering the SVOD fray, Tim Dams reports on the drama strategies of traditional broadcasters in an increasingly competitive market
  • Live Sport: Technology
    Live sports and events coverage, always on the cutting edge of innovation, is being transformed by new technology from remote production to 5G and immersive sound. Michael Burns reports
  • The Art of the Grade
    The grade provides a consistent ‘look’ to a drama, but a great grade can enhance mood, focus and narrative flow. Jon Creamer asks the experts behind Paddington, Ad Astra, Bohemian Rhapsody, Fleabag and more how it’s done
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Tangerine films Md Ian Davies Credits Land Rover Discovery launch campaign assets for Jaguar Land Rover/Spark 44; Jaguar Grip All Wheel Drive Global TVC for Jaguar Land Rover/Spark 44; Canon EOS M5 launch campaign assets for Canon Europe
Tangerine, part of the Publicis Groupe Network, says it’s won a lot of new business this past year and has produced a “broad range of creative production work for a wide variety of great brands including Lurpak, Waitrose, Co-op, McDonald’s, HSBC, ASDA and GSK.”


contra Head of film John Ford Credits X-ADV craft films for Honda; John Cleese Talks the Walk(ing) Dead for Now TV/Sky PR campaign; People of Science for The Royal Society

Lots of awards for Contra this year and the company says the last 12 months have seen a “significant growth in the quantity of branded content or decent looking, interesting documentaries paid for by clients. We have thoroughly enjoyed making these brand films and working with crafts people to tell truly engaging stories.”


Plastic Pictures
Founders Sara Cooper and James Dark Credits Introducing the Amazon Echo for Amazon; Collective Action for Unilever; Future Customer Journey for Thomas Cook

“An amazing year!” says Plastic Pictures after having “developed and expanded our client base significantly. Budgets have increased as clients are realising they want more innovative filmmaking. Our global production partner network is stronger than ever. Allowing us to shoot in over 30 different countries last year, saving thousands.”


quite frankly Md Jez Frankel Credits Brand Diageo series for Diageo; Educate a Child for Education Above All Foundation; Rio 2016 for Omega

Rio 2016 saw Quitefrankly working on the torch relay and with Omega as content partner for its social and digital channels throughout the Games. It also picks out filming for Educate a Child in Haiti, Senegal, Lebanon, Ethiopia and India as a highlight as well as award wins and increasing its client list in the luxury arena including Bentley, Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton.


Cd Will Ingham Credits Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay for Rio 2016; Skywalk for HUGO BOSS/Alex Thomson Racing; Land Rover BAR America’s Cup for Land Rover         

Wing says its main highlight was delivering the moving image content from the Rio 2016 Torch Relay for clients Rio 2016 and the three presenting partners, Coca–Cola, Nissan and Bradesco. “This was a 100-day constantly moving production, covering 12,500 miles across Brazil and involving 15 crew.”


cheerful 21st
Ceo Gary Fitzpatrick
Credits Cannes Lions Festival for Mail Online; Entrepreneur of the Year (UK) for EY; Group Enterprise Kick Off for Vodafone

Cheerful 21st (part of Aeroma) has built a new sales team in the past year that’s now delivering “above target” with lots of new client wins. It says the future looks bright for the year ahead. “We have an amazing opportunity in 2017 to grow all core pillars of our business including on-screen content.”


speakeasy Md Jonathan Young Credits Meeting Etiquette for Lloyds Banking Group; Student Finance Tour for Department of Business Innovation & Skills; Train to Teach Recruitment Events for National College for Teaching and Leadership

“Continued growth” has been a hightlight of the past year for Speakeasy and there could be more to come, it says. “Our industry is quite fragmented and we see great opportunities for acquisitions and mergers to bring about a certain consolidation of suppliers.”


Md James Wilkins Credits The Hardest Day for EDF Energy; Good to be TSB for TSB; Simply Successful for BMW

New clients Vista has worked with over the past year include Vodafone, HSBC and HPE. It says its work “continues to evolve, expanding into brand and marketing films, and campaign work” and “online content production continues to be a focus.” Vista has also expanded its team with more senior creatives and three in-house directors, “which we aim to grow over the year.”


buddy films Paul GowersCredits Ways of Being Co-op brand film for The Co-op; Lapland brand film for Thomson Holidays; Spirit of the Game Heroes for Barclays

“Personally we’ve had a good year, increasing our client base and working on interesting briefs,” says Buddy. The company says high points include “working with the Co-op at an exciting time during a massive rebrand” as well as “continuing a successful partnership with Barclays and Havas SE Cake.”
Buddy also says that the current vogue for ‘real’ and humorous films is playing into its hands. “More and more clients are looking for authentic, entertaining content that places story and truthfulness above style and fluff and we feel we are a great fit for that work.” The only cloud on the horizon is having to “compete with large agencies bringing production in house.”


Sequel group
Md Suzanne Peck
Credits Customer First for Nationwide; Bupa Thanks for Bupa

top banana Md Nick Terry Credits Kitchens of Excellence for Whitbread; Together for Aggregate Industries; Martini Brand Refresh for Martini


armoury films Mds Clare Gibson and Jack LauranceCredits Land Rover Defender for Land Rover/Lida; Bicester Village Luxury Retail for Value Retail


giggle group Md Jonathan Brigden Credits Now TV launch for Sky; Annual Shareholders’ Meeting for CVC; Merger film for Sovereign Housing Association

Financially there have been successes this year, says Giggle Group. “We have been very fortunate to find some great new staff and our systems and process have helped us drive up our gross profit margin enormously from about 50% to 70%-80%.” It’s growing its broadcast TV slate too with a development deal with Canada’s Teletoon and there’s also a seperate comedy drama in development. New arm Giggle Live will launch in 2017 too to take on more event work.


instinctif Managing partner Mike Macfarlane Credits Fukui Food Films for Fukui Prefecture, Japan; Global Leader in Aviaton for AerCap, Dublin    


big button
bigbutton.tvCeo Mark Burgess
Credits Customer Stories for Rackspace; Chelsea Flower Show for M&G Investments


a-vision Md Andrew Smith Credits Einstein – Live Augmented Reality for Salesforce; NAA for


pretzel & peggy
Md PJ Bickford
Credits Purpose for National Grid; Faces for RBS


world television Exec chairman Peter Sibley Credits Women’s Entrepreneurship Day film for HSBC; 10 Year investor/brand film for SITA


itn productions Group md Mark Browning Credits The Good, The Bad and The Hired for Reed Global; Euro 2016 Internal tournament for McDonalds.


Zinc (straker)
Md Bharti Bhikta Credits Building society, nationwide for Nationwide; Improving Lives for Vodafone; Where Will Your Journey Take You? for TfL

2016 was a year of great change for Straker Films. In April, it was bought by Zinc Media, a media agency that includes a division that delivers digital campaigns for education and employee engagement and also broadcast indies like Brook Lapping and Films of Record. “This has given us an exciting 360 degree offering for our clients in strategy, design, digital and interactive resources, internal and external communications, plus a broadcast capability. It also provides the opportunity to work across different sectors and platforms.”


somersault Ceo Colin Miles
Credits Global Brand Film for London Stock Exchange Group; x-Series Product Launch for Domino Printing;


brickwall Mds Jon Brichto Credits Bitesize for BBC; Through the Generations for Experian; Real Childhoods for NSPCC


pukka films
Md Paul Katis Credits Mind Gremlins for Virgin Trains; 9 to 1 GCSE Grades for Ofqual    


juice Md Alan Poole
Credits BMW & MINI Winter Tyre animations for BMW Group;  Mercedes-Benz Handover films for BI Worldwide; IHG AMEA Leaders’ Learning Event for InterContinental Hotels Group
When pointing to highlights over the past 12 months, Juice says that “steady growth is always a good thing and new team members always makes us very happy.  Plus there has been some great customer feedback.” However, it says the year has also been “somewhat frustrating. Everyone will mention the ‘B’ word and the ‘T’ word and those political upheavals have definitely made clients wobbly – in most cases as far as we can see at the moment for no reason.” But that hasn’t put a dampener on everything. “Demand for our services remains high and happily there’s no sign of a weariness around film production.”


Md Peter Doherty Clients include Amcor, Hyatt, Ingredion, Argos, Roche


raw Founder and ceo Ryan Wilkins Credits What Is VJ Day? for Royal British Legion; The Somme for The Royal British Legion


aspect ltd
Ceo Jo Randle Credits Global Sales Roadshow for Unify; Dealer Conference for BP PLC


wilder films Md and EP Richard Batty Credits Britain Is Great for Visit Britain; Artificial Intelligence Forum for UCL; Battle For The Skies for Leeds Castle

Wilder says that “successfully tackling the beast that is public sector procurement” to win a contract for Visit Britain was a big moment for the company over the last year. Other high points include delivering graphics and titles for feature film My Generation about Michael Caine’s 60s London. Wilder also hooked up with a small broadcast indie to co-produce a new TV series and is also working with the Science Museum and English Heritage to pitch shows to BBC andChannel 4.


Lipfriend Rodd
Md Elliot Levi Credits Xerocon for Xero; Worldwide conferences and videos for Coller Capital


gorilla gorilla
gorilla-gorilla.comCreative partner Dean Beswick Credits Trusted Partner for Worldpay; Life Without Subtitles for Sainsbury’s


rd content Company director Ryan Dean Credits Our Hero for Pfizer; Autumn Winter 17 for Barbour/ Barbour International


firehouse Md Mike Harper Credits Removing The Hazards for Shell; Watch for RBS; OSC for Kingfisher


Md Tom Ward
Credits We Are TDP for Nationwide; Life Is Messy for Dyson

hub Ceo David Hunstone Credits Pop Up Start Up for;
Investment Trusts for Henderson Global Investors

mills media
Md Andrew Mills Credits RRS Sir David Attenborough for Cammell Laird; Spring Show for Wyevale Garden Centres; International Gala Event for British Cycling

A major highlight for Mills Media this time was “working on the hull launch of the RRS Sir David Attenborough Polar vessel for our client Cammell Laird.” Mills says the year has been “difficult as always” but that a “dedicated sales team has pushed us into new projects with new clients and we have retained some long-standing clients by moving them in to new directions.” Mills also says it hopes clients will be “braver and bolder” in the year ahead despite the continuing uncertain times.


bms Md Matt Ellis Credits Could You Live With It? for Mentor FLT Training Ltd; Stop! Take a Minute for National Grid    


id2 media Md Mark Poole  
Credits 25TH Anniversary Project for Vodafone; SOS Childrens Village for BT; WPC TV for Microsoft


eon visual media Md Matt Dass Credits Scholl for RB; E-Surv e-learning programme for LSL Property Group; The Golden Quarter for B&M Retail Ltd


liquid productions director Oliver Hall Credits Days of our Optical Lives for Assoc of Optometrists; Lifetime Mortgage for Legal and General


zut Md Alan Gaffney Credits Nothing will be the Same for Everton Football Club; Stuart Pearce 2016 for Betfred


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