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Indie Survey 2017 sponsored by Barclays

The Crown

A bigger pie to share around

Combined UK indie turnover is up 2% year on year, boosted by the deep pockets of the global digital players and the continuing popularity of big-budget drama.

Top Owners/Consolidators

The Crystal Maze

Mergers good for business

Sector consolidation shows little sign of easing up as Banijay UK reports for the first time and owners and consolidators reveal either growth or stable revenues across the board

Peer Poll

24 Hours in Police Custody

Everything rosy for The Garden

The producer of C4’s 24 Hours In Police Custody takes top spot in the poll with shows on all five terrestrial channels, as last year’s winner Love Productions slips to joint fifth place

Nations and Regions

Geordie Shore

A healthy regional picture

Total out-of-London turnover rose by 18% last year, while programming hours remained steady

Ones To Watch


Big hitters return to the fray

Expectation and Wild Blue among those expected to make a splash

Top Suppliers

BBC: back in favour

The BBC has returned to indies’ favour in this year’s survey, having dipped to third place in the best broadcaster to deal with table during the run-up to charter renewal in 2015.


ITV: schedule refresh

One year into Kevin Lygo’s tenure as ITV’s director of TV, his new schedule has just been launched.

The Jump

Channel 4: progress on disability

After a year as indies’ best broadcaster to deal with, and amid continued uncertainty about potential privatisation, Channel 4 has fallen in suppliers’ estimation.

Lip Sync Battle

Channel 5: preparing for growth

Channel 5 is moving into its next stage of growth, three years after being acquired by US giant Viacom.

Hooten and the Lady

Sky: commissioning shake-up

Sky is a broadcaster in transition.

Too Ugly For Love

Discovery: strategic rethink

Discovery’s 2016 kicked off with Marjorie Kaplan settling into her role as president of global content, with grand plans to expand local commissions into global formats and scout for auteur-led, premium content.


UKTV: all change

It is all change in UKTV’s top 10 suppliers by hours table, with only four companies from the previous year still present.