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The Prolific North Top Independent Production Companies 2018


Today we’re delighted to unveil a brand new initiative – the top 50 independent production companies in the North.

The Prolific North Top 50 Indies, sponsored by Social Media Makes Sense Ltd, is the latest in our popular series of benchmark industry rankings.

It follows our established Top 50 Digital Agencies, PR Agencies and Integrated Agencies rankings, as well as the Top 100 eCommerce Companies and others.

We thank all those who have supplied information to enable us to put the research together.


Jo Booth, Director of Social Media Makes Sense Ltd who have sponsored the Top Indies, said: “We were really pleased when Prolific North took up our idea to run the Top Fifty Indies list for the first time. As the sponsors we welcome the chance to promote all the Independent talent across the North. 

“We’ve run the Social Media for many of the productions across the region from Victoria; The City and The City; Age Before Beauty; Young, Gifted and Broke, and even Elf – The Musical over Christmas, to name a few. Our involvement in these means we know how important the independent sector is for nurturing local talent. 

“Congratulations to everyone on the list.”


The Prolific North Top Independent Production Companies 2018

in association with Social Media Makes Sense Ltd


Company  Location Full time staff / freelance Financials Broadcast or commercial Notable productions
Lime Pictures Liverpool 359 / 500+ £62m t/o. Owned by all3media Broadcasting Celebs Go Dating, Free Rein, Hollyoaks, Evermoor
Headline Pictures Newcastle 4 / 50+ £45m t/o Broadcasting The Man in the High Castle
Red Production Company Manchester 28 / 50+ £20m t/o incl SPVs. Owned by StudioCanal SA Broadcasting Queer As Folk, Clocking Off, Last Tango In Halifax, Scott & Bailey, Happy Valley
True North Leeds 16 / 100+ £14.8m t/o. Sky TV majority owner Broadcasting The Pets Factor, Teen Mom UK, The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes
LA Productions Liverpool 15 / 80 £7m t/o Broadcasting Broken, 50 Episodes of Moving On, Reg, Common
Chief Productions Manchester 22 / 30+ £6.7m Commercial Mission Green Santa (ITV), Everglow – Music Video for Coldplay
Endemol Shine North Manchester 5 / 27 £6.5m t/o Broadcasting Idris Elba: Fighter, Crash Car TV, King of Speed
The Gate Films Manchester 22 £6m Commercial Missguided, Betfred Cruises, Land Rover
Rollem Leeds 3 / 50+ £5,572,000 t/o Broadcasting The Syndicate, In The Club, Love Lies & Records, Overshadowed
Mackinnon and Saunders Altrincham 20/30 to 60 £3.3m t/o Broadcasting Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Twirlywoos, Wanda and the Alien and Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service
Daisybeck Leeds 1 / 60 £1.8m Broadcasting Body Donors, Virginia McKenna’s Born Free and I Want That Car
Title Role Manchester 25 / 40+ £1m t/o Broadcasting Crimes That Shook Britain – 5/11/17 – Manchester bomb
CHF Entertainment Wilmslow 50+ n/a Broadcasting Daisy & Ollie, Pip Ahoy!
Nine Lives Media Manchester 33 / 54 n/a Broadcasting Pound Shop Wars, BBC One, My Life CBBC, Songs of Praise
Revolution Viewing Leeds 31 n/a Commercial Redrow, several universities, Taylor Wimpey
Studio Liddell Manchester 30 (this includes Liddell Jones) n/a Broadcast but Liddell Jones commercial Horatio, Cloudbabies, Ranger Rob
The Mob Film Co Manchester 15 / 15+ n/a Commercial Audi S Line ‘Coup’, MUFC Alexis Sanchez ‘piano’ viral/launch film, Britain’s Got Talent idents/sponsorship
Lion Eyes Manchester 13 / 10+ n/a Commercial Hotter Shoes, Peter Kay’s Car Share – Goodnight Vienna, A Christmas Tale – Chester Zoo
Factory Create Altrincham 15 n/a Broadcasting Clangers, Newzoids, Club Penguin, Scream Street
Flipbook Manchester 14 n/a 60% Commercial Manchester Christmas Advert 2018, RSPB TV Commercial, Hybrid Wars Cinematic film for Wargaming
Perfect World Manchester 12 n/a Broadcasting n/a
Warp Films Sheffield 11 n/a Broadcasting This Is England, Ghost Stories, Yardie
Equinox TV Manchester 10 n/a Commercial Oak Furniture Land, Victoria Plum 
PDI Media Manchester 10 n/a Commercial Barry Hearn: The People’s Promoter, Super League Show, When Football Changed Forever
VTR North Leeds 10 n/a Commercial Bon Prix, Vidal Sassoon, bwin
Air Television York 5 / 9 £750,000 t/o Broadcast 999 NHS Rescue Squad, Helicopter ER (UKTV Really), Emergency Rescue Down Under
Beautiful Productions Manchester 4 / 50+ £700,000 Commercial London Independent Film Festival: winner 2011 Being Sold
Urban Canyons Manchester 3 / 40+ £420,000 t/o Broadcasting Epic Warrior Woman
Digifish TV York 9 / 6 £350,000 t/o Commercial Mark Hill, Sony Headphones, Shed 7 music video
Soup Creative Chester 9 £380k t/o Commercial Country House Outdoor Fashion, Louise Redknapp Niix Pilates app, Bentley Starley
Inspired Film And Video Ltd Stoke 8 £300k t/o 50/50 Lidice A Light Across The Sea, Belonging: The Truth Behind the Headlines
Hurricane Films Liverpool 4 / 100+ £256,842 t/o Broadcasting A Prayer Before Dawn, Triple Word Score, A Quiet Passion, Of Time and The City
Brilliant Trees Media Blackpool 3 / 10 £200,000 Commercial Kings of the Road, Cumbria’s Atomic Pioneers  
The Chase Films Manchester 8 n/a Commercial Visit Scotland, Film4, M&S Bank
ABF Pictures Manchester 7 n/a Commercial Cousins, Virgin Bingo,
Dreamscope Manchester 7 n/a Commercial Lanes/Thames Water, Morson International, 360 Filming for Samlesbury Hall and INNSide Manchester
Standby Manchester 7 n/a Commercial MAG, BeautyBay, Co-op, New Era, YKK
Blakeway North Manchester 6 / 50+ n/a Broadcasting Stacey Dooley Investigates – Second Chance Sex Offenders, Panorama – Plane Drunk, Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun
White Noise Productions Ribchester 5 n/a Commercial American Golf, Stokers, Keele Uni
Duck Soup Leeds 5 Fremantle Media – 25% Broadcasting n/a
Flow Creative Manchester 5 n/a Commercial Ministry of Sound, Now Music, Arts Council England
Jellylegs Stockport 4 n/a 50/50 After Hours and Pataks Foods
True Vision Yorkshire Leeds 3/6 to 10 n/a Broadcasting Behind Closed Doors, Catching a Killer, The Truth about Muslim Marriage
Fettle Animation Huddersfield 3 / 10+ n/a 60% Broadcasting Children of the Holocaust, Shakespeare in Shorts (BBC Learning) , Share a Story (CITV)
Kudos North Manchester 3 Established Oct ’17 – subsidiary of Kudos Broadcasting n/a
Channel X North Manchester 2 contract in the North / London HQ n/a Broadcasting So Awkward, The Detectorists, Hebburn
Digital Imaging FX Manchester 2 / 5+ n/a Broadcasting So Awkward, The Detectorists, Hebburn
Nova Productions Doncaster 2 / 5+ n/a 2 / 5+ Walks around Britain, British scenic drives, British Steam Locomotives
Media Guru Manchester 2 / 5 n/a Commercial MPS, CanalSur
MegaCity Digital Manchester 2 / 4 Est July ’17 Broadcasting Facebook Live Tour de France for the BBC

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