Spring arises, and brings with it another edition of the Global 100, Realscreen’s annual listing of the top 100 international production companies working in unscripted and non-fiction content as determined through input from the industry itself. Compiling the list for more than a decade has given the Realscreen team a remarkable vantage point from which to observe the evolution of the industry. True, it has also provided its share of sleepless nights for the team, but so it goes.
Number of hours produced in 2017: approx. 120
Number of employees: 120 (including freelancers)
Recent/current titles: The Real Full Monty; Love Your Garden; The Royal House of Windsor; Great Canal Journeys
Upcoming titles: Garden Rescue 3; Love Your Home and Garden; How the Other Half Lives
Headed up by founder and CEO Nick Bullen and managing director Daniela Neumann, Spun Gold had a notable 2017, with turnover increasing by 60%, a three-fold increase in the number of hours produced, and new business with U.S. networks and SVODs.
Known for its raft of Royal Family content, the past year saw Spun Gold deliver The Royal House of Windsor, a six-part doc series for Channel 4 and Netflix. But it was a cheeky entertainment show that perhaps brought the biggest buzz for the prodco in 2017. The Real Full Monty, commissioned by ITV to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the surprise hit film, followed a group of male celebrities as they learned the finer points of the art of striptease, to raise awareness about cancers affecting men. The one-off brought in 5.4 million viewers, including 3.7 million women. Naturally, more Monty is on the way for this year, this time featuring female participants as well as males.
Spun Gold also picked up a BAFTA for best live event, for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, coproduced with ITV Entertainment and HPower. Other highlights included the ITV quiz show Masterpiece and the two-part Secret Life of Crocodiles for the BBC.
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Author(s): Realscreen staff