Three former producers at Yorkshire Television, Fowle, Sheldon and Middleton (pictured below) left to set up True North in a spare bedroom in 2002, and each retains a third share in the business. It’s now the biggest genuine indie in the North, with turnover rising 42% last year to £10.1m, and the perfect riposte to anyone bemoaning the magnetic drift of all Northern TV production to MediaCityUK.

truenorthOver 600 hours of the Leeds-based company’s programmes have been broadcast in the UK, including Animal Frontline for BBC One, Building The Dream for Channel 4, Junior Vets for CBBC and series three of The Valleys for MTV.

Sheldon is primarily responsible for current affairs, documentaries and daytime shows, Fowle handles features, formats and children’s shows, while Middleton looks after distribution, secondary rights and international business. Former BBC executive Allen (pictured top right) joined the company last year to inject some “extra commercial understanding”, and as managing director is responsible for all business operations.