SITCOM PRODUCTION COMPANIES
Below is a list of some of the production companies that have produced British sitcoms. This page is work-in-progress - we will be adding details of other companies over the coming months.
A production company created by writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. Alomo produced a few British sitcoms including a couple of big hitters - " Birds of a Feather " and " Goodnight Sweetheart ". Alomo was bought out by Pearson Television International in 1996 (now called FremantleMedia).
Artists Independent Films
Created " Mike Bassett: Manager " - that's all we know.
Associated Television (ATV)
ATV was a popular lightweight entertainment producer and broadcaster operating from 1955 until 1981 at which point it became Central TV (ITV Central). It is all a little confusing due to some further legal name changes we won't go into here. It is believed ITV Plc now hold the rights to all ATV programmes.
Associated-Rediffusion was the British Independent Television (commercial television) contractor for London between 1954 - 1968. The name and brand is now owned by Victor Lewis-Smith .
Assembly Film and Television
A small production company which produced " Black Books ". Part of Chrysalis Plc.
Produces TV comedy starring Leigh Francis. Their output has included " A Bear's Tail .
British Broadcasting Corporation
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has proved a powerful force in 20th century sitcom production - as the biggest production company in the world it has un-surprisingly created hundreds of sitcoms listed on this website and continues to create new award winning comedy year in year out.
Baby Cow Productionswww.babycow.co.uk
Address: 77 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2ES
Phone: 0207 3991267
Email: [email protected]
Big Bear Films
Producer of " My Hero ". Big Bear Films was formed in 1996 by two producer/directors, Marcus Mortimer and John Stroud. Both were keen to use their experience to hothouse new writers, as well as developing projects with more familiar talents.
Carlton Television is one of the big ITV production companies and is also a regional broadcaster. In 2004 it merged with Granada to become part of ITV Plc. Carlton produced a number of sitcoms including " Barbara " and some programmes are still created under this brand name.
Celador is most famous for creating the worldwide hit game show "Who Want's To Be A Millionaire?" however it does have some comedy under it's belt too including " All About Me ".
Channel 4 Television Corporation
Channel 4 was born in 1982 and has broadcast a number of excellent cult sitcoms. C4 is known for being cutting edge hence it has helped to create most the darker, more off-the-wall and adult rated sitcoms in our list. Most Channel 4 output is sourced through independant production companies.
Channel 4 Contact Details
Cinema Verity is a British independent television and film production company, founded in 1986 by Verity Lambert, the television producer.
The Comedy Unit
A producer of some Scottish comedy shows.
DLT Entertainment Ltd.
Goodnight Vienna Productions
Granada Television is of the big ITV production companies and is also one of the regional broadcasters. In 2004 it merged with Carlton to become part of ITV Plc. Granada produced a number of British sitcoms and some programmes are still created under this brand name.
Hartswood Films Ltd
Hat Trick Productions
Hat Trick Productions is one of the UK's most successful independent production companies. They have produced sitcoms including the award-winning " Father Ted ", " Game On " and " Drop the Dead Donkey ".
Humphrey Barclay Productions
HBP produced a handful of TV series in the late 80s and early 90s, this included " Agony Again "
A two-centre company based in London and Glasgow, IWC Media mainly focus on drama and factual progammes like "Location, Location, Location". IWC have started to branch out into comedy though - " Meet the Magoons " is their first offering.
Kensington Films & Television
Producer of just " How Do You Want Me ".
Little Mo Films
Lee Evan's personal production company.
Little Pond Television
Producer of just one television programme, " Beast ".
London Weekend Television (LWT)
For 35 years, LWT was the ITV broadcaster in London at the weekend. In October 2002 LWT was integrated with the rest of the ITV regions to form ITV1 however some programmes are still produced under the LWT brand name. Sitcoms from LWT include " Agony " and " Bless Me Father ".
Producer of just one sitcom, " The Adventures of Aggie ".
Noel Gay Television
Setup in 1987 NGT produced the infamous " Heil Honey I'm Home! ". No longer producing.
Website: www.noelgay.com (old umbrella organisation)
Producer of some Channel 4 entertainment programmes including " Peep Show ".
Open Mike Productions
A production closely connected to stand-up comedians. Some of their well-known output includes Jonathan Ross' chat show and Jack Dee's shows. They're also the company behind comedies such as "That Peter Kay Thing".
020 7434 4004
Phil McIntyre Entertainment
Closely linked to Ovation Entertainments. Is owned by producer Phil McIntyre who has worked on shows by Peter Kay and Victoria Wood.
Producer of " TLC " amongst others.
Red Production Company
Setup in 1998 Red Production Company has created a number of sucessful comedy-dramas. " Dead Man Weds " was their first sitcom.
Rude Boy Productions
Saunders & French Productions
Production company owned by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Owns the rights to " Ab Fab ".
Producers of " The Green Green Grass ".
talkbackThames (Talkback Productions & Thames Television)
TalkbackThames, owned by FremantleMedia, was created by merging Talkback Productions with Thames Television. Both of these production companies have a strong history of creating successful sitcom, their catalogue includes " Alan Partridge ", " Men Behaving Badly " and " Bless This House ". TalkbackThames is going from strength to strength, many of the new sitcoms and comedy programmes on ITV and Channel 4 are produced by this company.
Tiger Aspect Productions
Tiger Aspect is one of the UK's most successful independent television producers, prolific across a broad range of programme genres. Their comedy output includes " Mr Bean ", " Gimme, Gimme, Gimme " and " The Thin Blue Line ".
Producer of some Channel 4 sitcoms including " Little Armadillos ".
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