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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 2010 Back to Reports & survey Listing

71 Illuminations
t 020 7288 8400 w chairman John Wyver md Linda Zuck head of production Seb Grant staff 6 turnover £2.26m profit £30k commissions 5 hrs commissioned 8 hrs tx’d 5 Key shows Art of Faith II (Sky) Hamlet (BBC2) Macbeth (BBC4) genre fact, drama, arts

72 Matchlight
t 0141 332 0319 w creative director Ross Wilson md David Smith creative director Iain Scollay staff 10 turnover £2.1m commissions 7 hrs commissioned 12 hrs tx’d 1 key shows Libel (BBC) Behind Closed Doors (BBC) Mind the Gap (BBC2) genre fact

73 Cicada Productions
t 020 7266 4646 w md Frances Berrigan creative director Mike Warner head of production Christian Holland staff 6 turnover £2.1m commissions 5 hrs commissioned 19 hrs tx’d 2 key shows Wedding Crasher (Nat Geo) Blame It On The Boogie (C4) Secrets of the Tribe (Travel US) genre fact, ent, fact ent

74 Denham Productions
t 01752 345 444 w director of programmes David Pritchard head of production Grace Kitto chairman Chris Denham staff 14 turnover £2.04m commissions 4 hrs commissioned 18.5 hrs tx’d 23 key shows Rick Stein’s Far Easten Odyssey (BBC2) Rhodes Across The Caribbean (UKTV) Simon Rimmer’s Dinners (UKTV) genre fact, fact ent

75 Calon
t 029 2048 8400 w md Robin Lyons commercial director Huw Walters studio director Lynne Stockford head of development Andrew Offiler staff 6 turnover £2m profit £6k commissions 3 hrs commissioned 9 hrs tx’d 9 key shows Igam Ogam (Five) Zoo Factor (CCBC) genre ent, drama, kids

76 Great Meadow
t 020 7733 7621 w directors Robert Cooper, Kate Triggs turnover £1.99m key shows Margaret (BBC2) Margaret Thatcher - The Long walk to Finchley (BBC4) genre drama

77 Iambic Media
t 0117 923 7222 ceo Chris Hunt staff 6 turnover £1.86m profit £645k commissions 4 hrs commissioned 6 hrs tx’d 6 key shows The Michael Jackson Story (ITV1) Abba Forever (Five) Imagine - Placido Domingo: The Time of My Life (BBC1) genre fact, fact ent, drama, arts

78 Skyworks
t 020 8878 1177 w md Damian Keogh director Colin Mills director & aerial producer Richard Mervyn staff 10 turnover £1.85m profit £420k commissions 4 hrs commissioned 4.5 hrs tx’d 2 key shows South Africa Walks (BBC4) German Wanderlust (BBC4) South Africa - An Aerial Journey (International distribution) genre fact

79 World’s End
t 020 7386 4900 w md Gregor Cameron directorJohnny Vaughan staff 5 turnover £1.8m commissions 3 hrs commissioned 4 hrs tx’d 3.5 key shows Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show (ITV2) Moviemash (C4) Fighting Talk (BBC Radio Five Live) genre ent, fact, fact ent, drama, sport

Best known as Johnny Vaughan’s indie, World’s End has enjoyed success with the acclaimed Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show for ITV2. It also produced one-off spoof film magazine comedy Moviemash as part of C4’s Comedy Lab strand.  With a turnover of £1.8m, some 75% of World’s End’s revenue comes from TV production with 5% from rights and the remaining 20% derived from its radio business. In fact, it made 39 hours of radio programming, including Fighting Talk for BBC Radio Five Live. World’s End managing director Gregor Cameron says the past year was “not as bad as everyone thought it might be,” adding that challenges for the year ahead are the same as ever: “finding more ways to get shows commissioned.”

80 Glasshead
t 020 8742 6800 w md/exec producer Lambros Atteshlis creative director Jaine Green head of production Judy Parkinson head of interactive Ian Tonge staff 17 turnover £1.7m profit £280k commissions 10 hrs commissioned 10.6 hrs tx’d 10 key shows Missing: The Claudia Lawrence Story (C4) Stuttering School (pictured) (C4) Pyschic Academy (Bio) Being Italian (BBC) genre fact, fact ent, drama, kids

Launched back in 1994, Glasshead’s output encompasses one-off docs, children’s drama, returning formats through to animation and multiplatform. TV accounts for 80% of Glasshead’s revenue with docs such as Missing: The Claudia Lawrence Story for C4. But its new media activities now account for 13% of revenue. Notably, Glasshead developed a new website for polling company YouGov called Sixth Sense. It also opened a new Northern office in Altrincham, headed by Frankie O’Brien, to focus on digital media and animation, and to tap into broadcaster investment in the regions, particularly Manchester. Business for Glasshead was “reasonably stable until the New Year, but has slowed since, “ says head of production Judy Parkinson.

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