The Salary Survey
Gender, geography and genre make a big difference in pay rates, according to Televisual’s 21st annual Salary Survey. Tim Dams reports
The art of entertainment
Three leading entertainment producers reveal the secrets of their craft, taking us behind the scenes of hit shows The Graham Norton Show, Britain’s Got Talent and Have I Got News For You?
Televisual talks to NAB regulars about the technology they will be expecting to see at this month’s broadcast convention in Las Vegas
Big Picture: The Five
Sky’s upcoming thriller The Five, created by two of the biggest names in publishing and TV: author Harlan Coben and producer Nicola Shindler
Sports indie Whisper Films has stepped up a gear with its Formula One coverage for Channel 4.
Up close: Marcella
The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt and executive producer Nicola Lander on how they came to make ITV crime drama Marcella, starring Anna Friel
91 True Vision
t 020 8742 7852 w truevisiontv.com md Brian Woods head of productions Jezza Neumann executive producer Deborah Shipley staff 8 turnover £1.25m profit £15k commissions 6 hrs commissioned 10 hrs tx’d 12 key shows Jobless (BBC) Lost Girls of South Africa (C4) Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children (BBC) genre fact
92 Rare Day
t 0207 729 8699 w rareday.co.uk founder Peter Dale md Dan Brooke head of development Emily Renshaw-Smith staff 3 turnover £1.21m key shows School of Saatchi (BBC2) genre ent, fact, fact ent, drama
93 Attaboy Television
t 020 7740 3000 w attaboytv.com md Andrew Shaw executive producer Daniel Allum prod manager Tas Awan staff 5 turnover £1.21m commissions 2 hrs commissioned 20 hrs tx’d 20 key shows Wheeler Dealers, series 6&7 (Discovery) genre fact, fact ent, ent
Attaboy’s core business is factual entertainment, and it’s enjoyed particular success with the long running series Wheeler Dealers for Discovery.The business climate remains tough, says managing director Andrew Shaw, who adds that Attaboy has invested in HD production “to remain competitive and deliver the best quality for our clients.” Plans for the year ahead include a move into 3d production, adds Shaw. Attaboy was launched in 1997 by founding directors Daniel Allum and Michael Wood, who had previously worked at the BBC as producers and directors on shows such as Top Gear. Past credits include UKTV’s Car Duels and Discovery’s On Coarse with Dean Macey. Some 5% of its turnover comes from corporate production.
94= Back2Back Productions
t 01273 227700 w back2back.tv director David Notman-Watt staff 8 turnover £1.2m profit £360k commissions 8 hrs commissioned 17 hrs tx’d 17 key shows Responsible Business (CNBC) Dom Joly and the Black Island (C4) Christmas Carols with the Troops (ITV1) genre fact, fact ent
94= Juniper Communications
t 020 7407 9292 w junipertv.co.uk ceo Samir Shah director Belkis Bhegani head of production Paula Prynn staff 7 turnover £1.2m commissions 5 hrs commissioned 30 hrs tx’d 30 key shows The Execution of Gary Glitter (C4), How Do You Know God Exists? (C4), The Politics Show (BBC1) genre fact
94= Testimony Films
t 0117 925 8589 w testimonyfilms.com md, producer/director Steve Humphries producer/director Nick Maddocks staff 6 turnover £1.2m profit £20k commissions 6 hrs commissioned 10 hrs tx’d 10 key shows Hop Skip and Jump (BBC4) The Children who Fought Hitler (BBC4) Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes (UKTV) genre fact
97 Lambent Productions
t 01273 648 380 w lambentproductions.co.uk director Emma Wakefield head of production Isabelle Pavitt staff 4 turnover £1.11m profit £81k commissions 6 hrs commissioned 10 key shows One Under/Teen Undertakers (C4) Evie (Five) Music, Art, Dance around the World (BBC) genre fact
98 Hanrahan Media
t 01789 450425 w hanrahanmedia.com creative director Will Hanrahan commerical director Gill Garter finance director Louise Satchwell staff 7 turnover £1.1m profit £50k commissions 5 hrs commissioned 25 hrs tx’d 22 key shows A History of the World (BBC1) Vanessa George - Evil Up Close (Sky) Gill Hicks - Surviving 7/7 (Sky) genre ent, fact, fact ent
99 Hardcash Productions
t 020 7253 2782 w hardcashproductions.com md David Henshaw executive producer Lesley Bonner staff 3 turnover £900k profit £103k commissions 6 hrs commissioned 6 hrs tx’d 5 key shows Undercover Social Worker (C4) Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby (C4) Undercover Debt Collector (C4) genre fact
100 The Proudfoot Company
t 020 7253 5666 w proudfoot.tv md Michael Proudfoot producer Simon Richardson director Eddie Frost staff 5 turnover £750k profit £45k commissions 1 hrs commissioned 6 hrs tx’d 1 key shows Close up with...(C4/More4) genre fact
Proudfoot works across both television and corporate production, with its TV credits over the past year including C4/More 4’s 6x30-min Close Up With... Producer Simon Richardson says the past year hasn’t been too bad: “Dare I say it, but this year has been somewhat easier than last. New clients are emerging and, although budgets remain lower than pre-October 2008, for the most part, most of our clients are still in business and still keen to make films of one sort or another.” Over the past year, 15% of Proudfoot’s turnover came from television production, 15% from new media, while 70% was derived from corporate. Its corporate clients included Sony Bravia, Rolex and Nike. “Most organisations are aware that content is crucial these days,” adds Richardson.