Twofour

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Twofour
Type Limited company
Industry Television, digital media
Founded 1989
Founder(s) Charles Wace
Headquarters Plymouth, United Kingdom
Revenue £58 million
Twofour's headquarters in Plymouth.

Twofour is a UK independent media group that was founded in 1989 by Charles Wace, a former TV news producer. In 2013 it was named the largest true independent media group in the UK and the largest producer of documentary content,[1] employing over 350 people internationally.[1][2] and turning over £58 million in 2013. Twofour is known for its diversity, specialising in creative content including broadcast TV production, corporate video, events and training media. With headquarters in Plymouth, Twofour has offices across the globe including London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Abu Dhabi.

Twofour merged with Boom Pictures Ltd in October 2013.

Divisions[edit]

Twofour Broadcast[edit]

Twofour Broadcast supplies programming to the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BSkyB, Discovery Channel and a variety of other UK and international channels.

The company is a producer of features, factual and entertainment, from long running series such as The Hotel Inspector for Channel 5 to the highest rating new entertainment series on ITV for five years, Splash!, which features Olympian Tom Daley. Splash! has been commissioned for a second series by ITV.[3]

Twofour’s output includes BBC Two business series Alex Polizzi – The Fixer, Holiday Hit Squad for BBC One, Britain’s Biggest Hoarders for BBC One, Cornwall with Caroline Quentin for ITV, Choccywoccydoodah for UKTV Good Food, James Nesbitt’s Ireland for ITV, British Cycling: Road to Glory and Bradley Wiggins – A Year in Yellow for Sky Atlantic.

The company produces ob-doc and fixed rig shows such as Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire and 2011's Educating Essex. In May 2012, Series Director David Clews was awarded a BAFTA Television Craft Award for his work directing Educating Essex.

Recent commissions include Nurses to Be for ITV and Tom Daley Takes on the World for ITV2.

Twofour has produced a range of adventure documentaries such as Harry's Arctic Heroes for BBC One and Harry's Mountain Heroes for ITV, both featuring Prince Harry and a group of wounded soldiers as they attempt to reach the North Pole and Mount Everest respectively.

Twofour’s entertainment slate includes annual ITV show A Night of Heroes, Paddy’s Show and Telly for ITV, All Star Christmas Presents for ITV and A Short History of Everything Else for Channel 4.

In 2012, Twofour produced 60 hours of daytime for ITV, including Storage Hoarders, My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham and Holiday Home Sweet Home. Twofour created Channel 4's first product placement programme with high street fashion retailer New Look. In 2009/2010 it was the largest UK independent supplier of content to Sky One, predominately due to its production of Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old?, Sky's peak time quiz show.

Twofour Digital[edit]

As well as providing Broadcast production, Twofour is a leading and award winning digital media agency specialising in creative content production (including branded and AFP content), learning media, events and online/second screen content for brands and corporate organisations.[4] Clients include DuPont, Babcock, GlaxoSmithKline, Volkswagen, HSBC, Audi and BBC Worldwide.

Twofour provides event management solutions including webcasting and experiential events which it does through its own brand and trading as Rocket Science Group Ltd, a specialist events company acquired in October 2010.

Twofour Rights[edit]

Twofour Rights, Twofour’s in house rights distribution arm, was launched in 2012 and brings the company’s catalogue of programming to the international marketplace. In 2012, Twofour Rights sold programmes to over 50 worldwide territories.

International operations[edit]

Twofour launched an Abu Dhabi based operation in March 2010, Twofour Arabia, aiming at providing Middle East clients the full portfolio of Twofour services—broadcast TV, web design and development, bespoke video platforms and experiencial installations. Clients include Mubadala and Masdar City. It is based at Twofour54, the Abu Dhabi created media zone.

In 2012, Twofour opened an office in Los Angeles and launched Twofour America. This division is headed up by Seth Goolnik—formerly with Raw TV—as SVP of Development and Current.[5]

Awards[edit]

Twofour held the title Best Indie Production Company in 2010 and 2014, and secured 1st place in Televisual Magazine's True Indie Survey 2013.[6][7]

In 2013, Twofour was ranked as the 6th largest TV producer in the UK by Televisual magazine, and has consistently (2011/2012/2013) been the UK's 4th largest producer of corporate content.[8]

The company has been awarded several IVCA and RTS awards. In 2013, triple BAFTA-nominated Educating Essex won a Broadcast Award for Best Documentary Series.[9]

Educating Yorkshire secured a National Television Award, RTS Award, Broadcast Award, IVCA Award and two BAFTA Television nominations.

Programmes produced by Twofour[edit]

2014[edit]

Splash (ITV) The Jump (Channel 4) Tom Daley Goes Global (ITV2) Dirty Weekenders in France with Richard E. Grant (Channel 4) The Hotel Inspector (Channel 5) Killing Spree (Channel 5) Harry's South Pole Heroes (ITV)

2013[edit]

Title[10] Channel Start date No. of episodes Running time
Educating Yorkshire Channel 4 5 September 2013 8 60 minutes
Alex Polizzi's Christmas Fix BBC Two 19 December 2013 1 60 minutes
Holiday Hit Squad BBC One 6 February 2013 4 60 minutes
Country House Sunday ITV 21 April 2013 21 60 minutes
Storage Hoarders (series 2) ITV 30 60 minutes
Happy Families ITV 2013 4 60 minutes
The 80s Greatest National Geographic Channel 2013 4 60 minutes
Splash! (series 1) ITV 5 January 2013 5 75 minutes
Choccywoccydoodah Star Challenge Good Food 2013 10 60 minutes
Tropical Diseases Discovery Channel 2013 6 60 minutes
The Body Shocking Show E4 2013 8 30 minutes
James Nesbitt's Ireland ITV 2013 10 30 minutes
Britain's Biggest Hoarders BBC One 2013 3 60 minutes
The Magaluf Weekender ITV2 6 January 2013 6 60 minutes
Cornwall with Caroline Quentin (series 2) ITV 7 January 2013 10 30 minutes
Alex Polizzi: The Fixer (series 2) BBC Two 12 February 2012 6 60 minutes

2012[edit]

Title[10] Channel Start date No. of episodes Running time
A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards ITV 14 December 2012 1 90 minutes
Body Invaders Discovery Channel 2012 6 60 minutes
Paddy's Show and Telly ITV 22 December 2012 1 60 minutes
Holiday Home Sweet Home ITV 2012 20 60 minutes
Storage Hoarders ITV 2012 20 60 minutes
All Star Christmas Presents Sky1 23 December 2012 1 90 minutes
The Secret Interview Channel 5 2012 4 60 minutes
My Kidney and Me More4 2012 1 30 minutes
Tom Daley: Diving for Britain BBC One 23 July 2012 1 50 minutes
My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham ITV 2012 20 60 minutes
Harry's Mountain Heroes ITV 2012 1 90 minutes
Bumps, Babies & Beyond Discovery Real Time 2012 6 30 minutes
City Secrets Sky Atlantic 2012 8 60 minutes
The Hotel Inspector (series 9) Channel 5 2012 10 60 minutes
Britain's Biggest Hoarders BBC One 2012 1 60 minutes
God Save the Queens Sky Atlantic 2012 3 60 minutes
Be Your Own Boss BBC Three 2012 6 60 minutes
British Cycling: Road to Glory Sky Atlantic 20 August 2012 6 60 minutes
Bradley Wiggins – A Year in Yellow Sky Atlantic 21 November 2012 1 90 minutes
The Angel Sky1 2012 5 60 minutes
A Short History of Everything Else Channel 4 2012 6 60 minutes
The Exclusives ITV2 2012 7 60 minutes
Alex Polizzi: The Fixer (series 1) BBC Two 31 January 2012 6 60 minutes
The Story of Musicals BBC Four 2012 3 60 minutes
Cornwall with Caroline Quentin (series 1) ITV 2 January 2012 8 30 minutes
Home of the Future Channel 4 2012 5 60 minutes
Table Dancing Diaries BBC Three 2012 1 60 minutes
Out on a Limo Channel 4 2012 1 60 minutes

2011[edit]

Title[10] Channel Start date No. of episodes Running time
A Night of Heroes ITV 2011 1 90 minutes
Paddy's Show and Telly ITV 29 December 2011 1 60 minutes
#tweetsoftheyear ITV2 2011 1 90 minutes
So This Is Christmas Channel 4 2011 1 60 minutes
Sealed Bid Channel 4 2011 5 60 minutes
Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl Channel 5 2011 3 60 minutes
Harry's Arctic Heroes BBC One 2011 2 60 minutes
My Hoarder Mum and Me BBC One 2011 1 60 minutes
TA and the Taliban Watch 2011 6 60 minutes
My Funniest Year Channel 4 2011 4 120 minutes
Best of British Channel 4 2011 10 60 minutes
Educating Essex Channel 4 2011 7 60 minutes
The Hotel Inspector (series 7) Channel 5 18 April 2011 8 60 minutes
The Hotel Inspector (series 8) Channel 5 3 October 2011 8 60 minutes
Choccywoccydoodah Good Food 2011 10 30 minutes
Graffiti Wars Channel 4 2011 1 60 minutes
New Look Style the Nation Channel 4 2011 6 60 minutes
Fisherman's Friends Channel 4 2011 1 60 minutes
50 Greatest Wedding Shockers E4 2011 1 120 minutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Televisual Magazine, September 2013
  2. ^ Broadcast, March 2011
  3. ^ "Splash! to return for second series" (Press release). ITV. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Number 4 in Corporate Communications – Televisual Magazine March 2013
  5. ^ Anderson, Kelly (28 June 2012). "Twofour opens LA office". Realscreen. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Broadcast. February 2012
  7. ^ Televisual. September 2013
  8. ^ "Corporate 50 2011". Televisual. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Winners 2013". Broadcast. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Our Work". Twofour. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 

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