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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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Facilities 50 2010 Back to Reports & survey Listing

41 UFX
2nd and 3rd floors, 32 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JJ
t 020 7268 0068
Md Karl Richards Facility manager Jonathan Cheetham Customer services Megan Guy
Genres film
Credits Jackboots on Whitehall, Devil’s Playground, Last Harbour
Services grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD
Turnover £2m
KIT 39th= PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 36th PEER 33rd=

Boutique vfx specialist uFX rebranded from MFX this year. Backed by Brussels-based tax shelter film financier uMedia, which has raised $140m in funding over the past six years, it has worked on films including Jackboots on Whitehall (pictured) which played at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year. uFX has 25 staff and has been built around a young team of producers, vix supervisors and artists. It’s certainly not short of ambition. It’s plan for the year ahead is “company expansion – we will double in size.” Some 90% of uFX’s work is in films, with about 5% in broadcast. It spent £150k on new kit last year, notably Assimilate Scratch, workstations and compositing software. This year it intends to spend more, putting £500k into render farms, networks and servers.

42 Platform

6D’arblay Street, London, W1F 8DN
t 020 7287 6766
Mds Simon Cruse, John Cryer, David Tasker Facility manager David Tasker Customer services Jaia Lloyd
Genres TV, ads
Credits My Super Sweet World Class, Horrible Histories S
ervices audio (5.1. foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d,3d, animation), editing, DVD
Turnover £1.55m
KIT 36th= PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 38th PEER 33rd= 43

10th Planet Digital Media

68-70 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TB
t 020 7434 2345
Md Jonathon Moore Customer services Richard Lamb
Genres DVD and Blu-ray authoring, new media
Credits XX Ninja Tunes’ 20 Year anniversary DVD Services vfx (2d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray
Turnover £2.05m
KIT 47th PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 35th PEER 33rd=

44 Bravo Post Production
22 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HU
t 020 7287 7811
Md Tracey Bravo Facilities director Maria Symeou Customer services Freya Hewett Genres corporate, new media
Credits Expedia ads, Green Balloon Club
Services grading (2k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, DVD, Blu-ray
Turnover £750k
KIT 36th= PRODUCER 27th= TURNOVER 55th= PEER 33rd=

45 Preditors

27 Newman Street, London, W1T 1AR
t 020 7636 0006
Mds Reg Wrench, James Collett, Dan Swimer Facility manager/ Customer services Nikki Goodwin
Genres TV
Credits Beyonce: I am yours, Countrywise
Services audio (5.1), grading (2k), editing, DVD, Blu-ray
Turnover £600k
KIT 32nd= PRODUCER 23rd= TURNOVER 59th PEER 33rd=

46 Finish 140 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZT
t 020 7734 9110
Md Jason Watts Facility manager Justine White Customer services Fi Kilroe
Genres ads
Credits Adidas Fast vs. Fast, 02 Unlimited, V05 Headless
Services vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing
Turnover £1.2m
KIT 59th= PRODUCER 36th= TURNOVER 47th PEER 12th=

47 Triangle Post Production

81 Whitefield Street, London, W1T 4HG
t 020 7255 5222
Facility manager James Lamb Customer services Rick Horne, Caroline Brodrick
Genres ads
Credits ads for Comet, Closer and L’Oreal Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), vfx (2d,3d), editing, camera hire, TV studios Turnover £1.5m
KIT 48th= PRODUCER 52nd= TURNOVER 39th= PEER 33rd=

48 Outpost Facilities

Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Bucks, SL0 0NH t 01753 630 770
Md Nigel Gourley Facility manager Nigel Gourley Customer services Jackie Stuart
Genres TV
Credits Larkrise to Candleford, Keep on Running: 50 years of Island Records, My Family
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), grading (HD), vfx (2d), editing, DVD, Blu-Ray
Turnover £1.1m
KIT 41st= PRODUCER 44th= TURNOVER 48th PEER 19th=

49 Bubble TV

6 Berners Mews, London, W1T 3AJ
t 020 7637 2828
Md Chris Phinikas General manager Lisa Pope
Genres TV
Credits Bob the Builder, Disney promo, Fatal Attractions
Services audio (5.1, foley, ADR), editing, DVD
Turnover £980k
KIT 53rd= PRODUCER 33rd= TURNOVER 52nd PEER 19th=

50 Nice Biscuits
177 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WX
t 020 7855 3619
Md Danny Jones Company Directors Paul Wratten, Russ Shaw
Genre ads, new media, TV
Credits ads for Canon Pixma and Hyundai ix35 Services vfx (2d) editing, DVD, Blu-ray, camera hire
Turnover £1.3m
KIT 56th= PRODUCER 48th= TURNOVER 42nd= PEER 33rd=

Wardour Street facility Nice Biscuits proudly describes itself as a “boutique” outfit that’s “cost efficient”. The facility focuses mainly on commercials work but it also takes in a small amount of broadcast and new media projects. Md Danny Jones says the company has invested in “upgrades to all Smokes and Flames” over the past 12 months as well as a “new server and more storage” and plans to grow the company’s business with the “installation of Resolve TK.” Jones says the last year has seen “shrinking budgets” as well as “quicker turnarounds” but also more new media work as a balance. He adds: “With fewer new commercials being made” the company has “focused a bit more on adaptations and versioning of existing commercials.”

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