Here is a list of the best-of-the-best, those production companies which are taking part in the governments furlough scheme, guaranteeing 80% payouts to staff and freelancers who have been laid off.
Oftentimes this involves companies having to do a lot of hard work and take quantifiable financial risks to do something which may not be of immediate benefit to them but which are a lifeline to workers struggling with financial hardship.
The owners and management of these companies should be v proud of what they have done, they are saving our industry and helping innumerable people pay their bills.
Brown Bob Productions (Thanks Nicki Gottlieb!)
Curve Media (Rob, Camilla, Paul & Iain stepped up really early – nice work!)
Middlechild TV (Broadcast Best Place to Work in TV 2020)
Strawberry Blond TV (Broadcast Best Place to Work in TV winner 2019)
The BBC (Also donated £700,000 to the Film & TV Charity
Frieda TV (Nice one Jon Lloyd!)
Nutopia (Jane Root – big company, big heart!)
Crackit (Iain Pate and Head of Production Nicki Purcell, much appreciated!)
Thames TV (they’ve taken a big hit from coronavirus but it hasn’t stopped them doing the right thing by their workers)
Warner Brothers (lots of workers, all now getting paid where they may have not been)
Great Scott Media (Leon Wilson & Ed Sleeman – just opened for business, setting a great example to all new indies)
Woodcut Media (we love Kate Beal, and always loved her mum!)
Hungry Bear Media (Thank you Dan, we love you!)
STV Productions Another biggie with a big heart!
Fulwell 73 (Thank you Johnny Moore!)
Firecrest Films (Thank you Nicola Kleeman – and hello from the past, Iain Scollay!)
Shine (Big company, lots of happy workers – thank you Shine!)
Love Productions (A virtual thank you cake in the oven for you Love!)
Google (They make TV too – and made their workers happy!)
Knickerbockerglory TV MD Jonathan Stadlen personally rang his staff within 24 hours to let them know – we love you Jonathan!
Fremantle TV (Job done, thank you all at Fremantle!)
Finestripe Productions (Bless you Katie Lander and Sue Summers)
Ricochet (Thank you Joanna, Bob and all)
Keo Films ( Ingenious, pioneering, authentic – and very lovely)
Windfall (Award winning company with a big heart too!)
Optomen (Tina, Nick, Sophy and Verity – we salute you!)
Viacom (Big company taking the big step to support their workers)
RDF (Top 20 indie showing its love)
Emporium Productions (Thank you Emma Read!)
Studio Something (New company, genuinely nice people and won a highly commended award at this year’s Broadcast Awards. Great company)
Nine Lives Media (Thanks Cat Lewis , as reported: “They have been great and really made the process easy for us”. Lovely!)
Tern TV (Thanks Harry Bell – award winning company with a big heart and soul)
October Films (Another biggie, looking after the workers)
Northern Town (Nice one Eddie, we knew you’d come good!)
Chalkboard TV (A company that makes great shows, run by great people!)
Argonon Group (Jenny King in HR – thank you for your hard work on this, your team love you for this!)
Tomos TV (Furloughed within hours of the announcement and paying out in March – you lovely people!)
World of Wonder (on the case and furloughing!)
Flicker Productions (“Have furloughed everyone they can, and are working really hard to work out what they can do for people who aren’t eligible. They’ve been great across this whole thing!” Lovely people clearly.
Full Fat TV (Colette Foster, you are much loved for this!)
Wonder TV (Hearing that Wonder are going above and beyond withe their furloughing. Much love to them).
Banjay (Massive group of companies, trying to sort out all their staff
Tuesday’s Child (Karen Smith – we have heard that your hard work keeping people employed has been a “lifesaver” to so many. Much love felt for you by all).
IWC Media (A great company that does things right – we salute you IWC!)
Purple TV (From query to completion, taken care of in under 2 hours. Margot, you’re a gem!
Title Role (15 years of award winning telly – and there for their workers when it really counts – thanks Helen, Ian and Kirsty!)
Two Rivers Media (Did the right thing – Alan Clements, we salute you sir!)
Kindling Media (Furloughing all their staff – love you Sarah McHarry!)
Raise the Roof Productions (Company MD Jane Muirhead personally called staff on the Saturday morning following the chancellor’s statement to let them know – and then followed through. Great work Jane, thank you!)
Stellify Media (Matt and Kieran, your workers salute you sirs – and a lot of them have emailed me to say things that would make you both blush!)
E&E Productions (Furloughing some very happy workers – thank you!)
Neal Street Productions (Thank you from your staff Sam, Pippa and Caro!)
Windfall Films (Much kudos to David et al!)
Spun Gold (As one freelancer said: “It is an absolutely LIFELINE and I cannot begin to enthuse about what a fantastic company it is to work for too”). NB I have heard a LOT of good stories about this company on this front.
Modest TV (“Andrea Hamilton, MD of Modest TV, has furloughed all of her PAYE staff” – hooray!)
Working Title (“They’ve been brilliant with us on the film ‘The Swimmers’ put us on a paid two week hiatus and then furloughed everyone they could. In a cynical industry it’s really heartening when a company has your back”)
Off The Fence (“Not only has it been a lovely company to work for throughout, but their awesomeness extends to difficult times like these – special thanks to Karen Meehan”).
Raw Cut A company known for its journalistic integrity – and its integrity in matters furlough too!).
Monkey Kingdom (“There are a lot of happy people tonight” says one freelancer – special thanks to Karen Hudson (prod exec), Sam Lawrence (MD), David Grainger & Will Macdonald (creative directors).
If you know a company we should be adding to this list, do let me know – email@example.com. This list will be regularly updated.