Media Metrics

The state of UK media and
entertainment 2017

The UK media and entertainment sector is now worth almost £100 billion a year. On the face of it, that’s a healthy 11 per cent increase on 2016, but the story runs deeper as a significant proportion of that growth is due to favourable currency movements.

Media Metrics 2017 analyses the three-year financial performance of the top 100 revenue-generating media and entertainment companies in the UK. The report highlights the main trends and issues facing the sector, and how business models may need to evolve to reflect consumer demand.

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Top 100 List

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Rank
Company
Annual revenue
(£ Millions)
Media sub-sector
Revenue growth
1
Liberty Global plc
14,768.4
TV Production and Distribution
24%
2
WPP plc
14,389.0
Advertising
18%
3
Sky plc
11,965.0
TV Production and Distribution
20%
4
RELX Group plc
6,895.0
Information Publishing and Events
15%
5
British Broadcasting Corporation
4,827.0
TV Production and Distribution
0%
6
Pearson plc
4,552.0
Information Publishing and Events
2%
7
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
3,387.7
Video Gaming
15%
8
ITV plc
3,064.0
TV Production and Distribution
3%
9
Daily Mail and General Trust plc
1,917.3
News Publishing
4%
10
The Walt Disney Company Limited
1,836.2
Film Production and Distribution
16%
11
Dentsu Aegis London Limited
1,457.0
Advertising
15%
12
Reuters Limited
1,364.0
Information Publishing and Events
-10%
13
Informa PLC
1,345.7
Information Publishing and Events
11%
14
News Corp UK & Ireland Limited
1,205.2
News Publishing
3%
15
Channel Four Television Corporation
979.0
TV Production and Distribution
4%
16
UBM plc
863.0
Information Publishing and Events
12%
17
Cineworld Group plc
797.8
Film Production and Distribution
13%
18
Discovery Communications Europe Limited
795.0
TV Production and Distribution
14%
19
Vue International Bidco plc (formerly Vougeot Bidco plc)
772.5
Film Production and Distribution
9%
20
Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group Limited
747.2
Film Production and Distribution
14%
21
Trinity Mirror plc
713.0
News Publishing
20%
22
Google UK Limited
642.4
Advertising
-45%
23
All3Media Intermediate Limited
638.9
TV Production and Distribution
8%
24
Hm Publishers Holdings Limited
590.2
Information Publishing and Events
0%
25
Modern Times Group MTG Limited
516.6
TV Production and Distribution
-0%
26
DDB CIS UK Limited
453.9
Advertising
0%
27
Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited
441.4
Information Publishing and Events
-8%
28
IPG Holdings (UK) Limited
425.9
Advertising
11%
29
Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Limited
415.3
Film Production and Distribution
56%
30
Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc
403.4
News Publishing
-1%
31
Conde Nast International Limited
384.9
Magazine Publishing
-7%
32
Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited
383.6
TV Production and Distribution
19%
33
The Economist Newspaper Limited
330.9
News Publishing
1%
34
4imprint Group plc
328.4
Advertising
30%
35
John Wiley & Sons Limited
326.6
Information Publishing and Events
1%
36
Telegraph Media Group Limited
320.1
News Publishing
1%
37
UKTV Media Holdings Limited
319.2
TV Production and Distribution
13%
38
Ascential Holdings Limited
319.1
Information Publishing and Events
2%
39
JCDecaux UK Limited
312.1
Advertising
1%
40
The National Magazine Company Limited
296.3
Magazine Publishing
0%
41
FremantleMedia Limited
292.6
TV Production and Distribution
0%
42
The Financial Times Limited
288.3
News Publishing
0%
43
Media Planning Limited
286.0
Advertising
0%
44
Auto Trader Limited
277.0
Information Publishing and Events
19%
45
Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited
275.9
TV Production and Distribution
6%
46
DC Thomson & Company Limited
275.4
News Publishing
13%
47
Time Inc. (UK) Limited
260.1
Magazine Publishing
-4%
48
Grass Roots Group Holdings Limited (formally Grass Roots Group PLC)
259.6
Advertising
-8%
49
hibu (UK) Limited
254.1
Information Publishing and Events
0%
50
Northern & Shell Media Group Limited
241.5
News Publishing
-50%
51
Satellite Information Services (Holdings) Limited
240.7
TV Production and Distribution
0%
52
Johnston Press plc
222.7
News Publishing
-9%
53
Facebook UK Limited
210.8
Social Media
101%
54
The7Stars UK Limited
209.5
Advertising
47%
55
Guardian Media Group plc
209.5
News Publishing
-4%
56
Entertainment One UK Limited
209.3
Film Production and Distribution
10%
57
Omnicom Media Group UK Limited
199.3
Advertising
22%
58
Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
198.1
Music Publishing and Distribution
-17%
59
Phonographic Performance Limited
197.0
Other
5%
60
Universal Music Publishing International Limited
191.6
Music Publishing and Distribution
-6%
61
The Random House Group Limited
189.2
Book Publishing
-13%
62
Haymarket Group Limited
187.8
Magazine Publishing
1%
63
M&C Saatchi plc
178.9
Advertising
6%
64
Vancouver Topco Limited
177.4
Magazine Publishing
8%
65
Warner Music UK Limited
175.0
Music Publishing and Distribution
16%
66
IMG Media Limited
171.9
TV Production and Distribution
-0%
67
Penguin Books Limited
170.1
Book Publishing
5%
68
BBH Partners LLP
168.2
Advertising
42%
69
Universal Pictures Productions Limited
164.3
Film Production and Distribution
34%
70
Amazon Instant Video Limited
159.7
Film Production and Distribution
25%
71
EMI Music Publishing Finance (UK) Limited
157.8
Music Publishing and Distribution
-8%
72
All Response Media Limited
157.4
Advertising
21%
73
Electronic Arts LtLimited
151.1
Video Gaming
0%
74
Mediaforce (Holdings) Limited
149.4
News Publishing
-2%
75
Clear Channel UK Limited
144.1
Advertising
3%
76
Talon Outdoor Limited
143.9
Advertising
35%
77
Argus Media Limited
141.8
Information Publishing and Events
14%
78
Columbia Pictures Corporation Limited
138.9
Film Production and Distribution
0%
79
TES Global Holdings Limited
137.2
Information Publishing and Events
5%
80
Dorling Kindersley Limited
125.6
Book Publishing
4%
81
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
123.7
Book Publishing
11%
82
Exterion Media Metro Services (UK) Limited
123.0
Advertising
7%
83
Independent Television News Limited
119.7
TV Production and Distribution
7%
84
The Quarto Group, Inc.
119.0
Book Publishing
15%
85
STV Group plc
116.5
TV Production and Distribution
-3%
86
Archant Limited
115.5
News Publishing
-5%
87
Tinopolis Limited
112.6
TV Production and Distribution
-23%
88
NGC Europe Limited
112.3
TV Production and Distribution
0%
89
Fox UK Productions Limited
112.2
Film Production and Distribution
0%
90
SAGE Publications Limited
111.7
Information Publishing and Events
6%
91
Hodder & Stoughton Limited
111.0
Book Publishing
6%
92
The Moving Picture Company Limited
106.8
Film Production and Distribution
18%
93
StudioCanal Limited
106.1
Film Production and Distribution
11%
94
VCCP Group LLP
104.3
Advertising
2%
95
Which? Limited
100.4
Magazine Publishing
0%
96
Activision Blizzard UK Limited
98.1
Video Gaming
-34%
97
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Limited
94.4
Film Production and Distribution
-9%
98
Euromonitor International Limited
88.4
Information Publishing and Events
-13%
99
Endemol UK Limited
83.5
TV Production and Distribution
-7%
100
Mother Holdings Limited
81.9
Advertising
-7%

Contacts

Dan Ison

UK and North West Europe Media and Entertainment Sector Leader

Email Dan

+44 20 7007 8064

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Paul Lee

Partner, Head of Global Research, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Email Paul

+44 20 7303 0197

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Ed Shedd

UK Lead Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Email Ed

+44 20 7007 3684

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Marketing and Press contacts

Selina Abbiss

Marketing Lead for Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Email Selina

+44 20 7303 7601

George Parrett

Press Officer, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Email George

+44 20 7007 7285

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Methodology

The 100 companies in this ranking have been selected based on their UK Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes, as defined by their registration at Companies House. The UK SIC 2007 codes covered by this report are:

  • 581 - publishing of books, periodicals and other publishing activities
  • 59 - motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities
  • 60 - programming and broadcasting activities (includes radio and TV)
  • 731 – advertising

We have also included companies whose SIC code is not shown in the list above, but who we believe are part of the UK media industry, due to their close interrelationship with the other companies in our ranking, or because their major competitors are included in our definitions. The most notable examples are Thomson Reuters, Google and Facebook, who we believe play a crucial role in the media and entertainment industry today.

The data covers media and entertainment companies who are registered in the UK and their position in the ranking is based purely on revenue that is recognised within these entities. This approach provides us with a consistent basis on which to rank companies, but it does mean that some large, global media and entertainment organisations with a UK presence may be excluded because revenues generated in the UK exist within a company that is registered elsewhere. Conversely, some UK entities recognise all of their global revenue in their UK-based company, or present group accounts that consolidate the revenues of all their international operations.

We note that some SIC codes may describe a company’s historical categorisation, but not reflect current scope. For example, an advertising company may have diversified into a range of adjacent sectors.