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Production 100 2018 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Which are the most admired indies? The Peer Poll reveals the 10 production companies that are most respected by their rivals

1 Studio Lambert
The Gogglebox producer takes top spot in the Peer Poll for the first time. Rivals love its “inventiveness,” “good casting” and “strong formats”. Studio Lambert “delivers exciting ideas at an enviable rate.” Founder Stephen Lambert is “a genius,” says another. Others admire the company for pushing into drama.

2 Raw TV
Raw charges back into the Peer Poll this year. The Gold Rush indie wins plaudits for its “talent and output.” Others talk of its “strong branding” and “commitment to quality control.” Raw “consistently makes beautiful, dynamic and engaging programmes,” notes one rival. “And they are quite cool.”

3 Blast! Films
Last year’s number one comes in a respectable third place this time. Fellow indies rate Blast!’s “ability to combine the creative with the commercial” and for achieving a significant factual business of scale and quality.” Another has “sheer envy” for Blast!’s output.

4 Minnow Films
The SAS: Who Dares Wins producer has become a fixture of the Peer Poll. Rivals describe the company as a “no compromise outfit that never puts out a bad film.” Others say: “Great access and production values” and “impressive filmmakers.”

5 Wall to Wall
In second place last year, the Who Do You Think You Are? indie takes fifth place in 2018 and is cited for “continually producing compelling factual content,” and “for consistently delivering quality shows” like Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain.

6 The Garden
24 Hours in A&E producer The Garden is another Peer Poll regular. The indie “has good ethics” and “has mastered the art of balancing business requirements and producing high quality output.” Another says it “produces compelling factual”.

7 Left Bank
“The Crown is magnificent”, says a fellow drama producer of Left Bank’s flagship show. The indie is known for “really big shows made with love, care and attention” and is “pioneering the push into the streaming universe.”

8 Red Production
The producer of Trust Me and Come Home “works with brilliant writers”, producing “diverse, writer led ideas,” say rival drama indies. Other rate Red for its “bold and original shows” and “innovative programming.”

9 Keo Films
Another familiar name in the Peer Poll, the Exodus and My Year with the Tribe producer is rated for being “quietly efficient” and “hard working.” Exodus, in particular, continues to resonate with many indies.

10 Shine
The producer of Hunted and The Island with Bear Grylls makes “adventurous, bold formats” and, importantly, has “managed to retain its great formats.” “Consistent quality” and “strong management,” say others.

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