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Production 100, 2017 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Most of the biggest indies are part of global production empires, while many smaller producers have minority investment from larger companies

The UK production sector is dominated by big indie groups and global studios. These consolidators account for 74.5% of total revenues of companies in the Production 100 – or £1.62bn in total.

The A-Z list below sets out the indies that each of the major groups owns outright or has minority stakes in. ITV Studios is the biggest group, with UK revenues of £626m, up from £574m last year. (Its indies do not take part in the Production 100 as ITV refuses to disclose turnover for its companies). ITV is followed by Endemol Shine (owned by Twenieth Century Fox and Apollo), All3Media (Discovery and Liberty Global) and Fremantle Media UK (RTL).

The big groups have continued to invest in indies over the past 12 months, although there have fewer big deals than in recent years. All3Media acquired Raw TV, Betty and Two Brothers, while ITV bought World Productions, Tin Roof snapped up Outline Productions and Sky took a majority stake in True North.

Most of the deal-making, though, has focused on seeding start-ups or taking minority stakes in more established, but smaller producers.

BBC Worldwide has backed new firms such as House Productions, Expectation and 72 Films. All3Media has seeded Two Halves and Story Films, while Sky Vision has invested in Chrysalis Vision. New investors have emerged too, including Access Entertainment which took a 25% stake in Bad Wolf and Blue Ant which has backed Antenna Pictures.

The ‘superindie’ groups

Access Entertainment
Bad Wolf

Bentley, Betty, Company, Caravan, Lime, John Stanley, Maverick, Objective, Optomen, Little Dot, Lion, Neal Street, New Pictures, North One, Raw TV, Seven Stories, Story Films, Studio Lambert, Two Brothers, Two Halves

Leopard Pictures, Leopard Drama, Remedy, Windfall, The Bridge, BrightSpark, Transparent, Barefaced TV, Bandicoot

Avalon TV, Liberty Bell, Flame, Topical

RDF, IWC, Touchpaper, Comedy Unit, Foundation, Zodiak Kids Studios, Blacklight TV

BBC Worldwide
Cuba, Amazing, Mighty, Red Planet, Greenbird Media, Lookout Point, Baby Cow, Clerkenwell, Sprout, House, 72 Films, Two Cities, Expectation

Channel 4
Barcroft, Arrow, Eleven, Lightbox, Firecrest, Parable, Popkorn Media, Renowned, Spelthorne Community TV, Voltage, Whisper

Endemol Shine
Shine, Princess, Kudos, Dragonfly, Brown Eyed Boy, Remarkable, Tigress, Tiger Aspect, Zeppotron, DSP, Initial, House of Tomorrow, Artists Studio, Bandit, Cave Bear, Fifty Fathoms, Wild Mercury, Sidney Street, Sharp Jack TV, Shiny Button, Douglas Road, Electric Robin

FremantleMedia UK
Thames, Talkback, Boundless, Retort, Newman Street, Euston Films, Shotglass, Dancing Ledge, Full Fat TV, Wild Blue Media, Dr Pluto, Man Alive, Naked Ent, Duck Soup

Greenbird Media
Tuesday’s Child, Crackit, Rumpus, Handsome, Riverdog, Big Light, Hello Halo, Gobstopper, Pi, Top Hat

ITV Studios
12 Yard, Big Talk, The Garden, So TV, Mammoth Screen, Possesed, Noho, Cats on the Roof, Route 24, World, Twofour, Boom, Boomerang, Mainstreet, Oxford Scientific, Delightful Industries

Lionsgate UK
Potboiler TV, Primal Media, Kindle Ent

NBC Universal
Carnival, Monkey, Working Title TV, Heyday Television, Matchbox, Lark

Red Arrow 

CPL, Nerd TV, Endor

Sky Vision
Love, Blast! Films, Znak&Jones, Sugar, True North, Chrysalis Vision

Left Bank, Electric 
Ray, Stellify, Blueprint TV, Fable Pictures

Red Production

Firecracker, Mentorn, Pioneer, Sunset+Vine, Tinopolis Wales, Daybreak, Fiction Factory, fFatti

Tin Roof

Blink Films, Outline

Vice Media
Pulse Films

Warner Bros
Wall to Wall, Ricochet, Twenty Twenty, Renegade, Yalli

William Morris Endeavour
IMG Media

Zinc Media
Blakeway, Brook Lapping, Films of Record, Reef

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