Article taken from the  Broadcast Indie Survey, 23rd March 2012

A stunning year for Left Bank helps the  Mad Dogs  producer knock perennial favourites Kudos and Wall to Wall into second place with a string of popular drama series for  bbc,  itv  and Sky

Zen  might be no more, but  Left Bank  has been riding high in 2011, leapfrogging drama rivals Kudos and Company Pictures – which slips out of our top 10 – thanks to some bold, internationally focused dramas for  bbc,  itv  and Sky.  Broadcast’s  2011 Independent Producer of the Year certainly kept up the momentum over the course of the year.

Tying up with Cinemex and  hbo  has turned Sky1’s  Strike Back  into a truly international drama and the three-way partnership is continuing for a third series in 2012. Meanwhile,  Mad Dogs  has proved a venerable brand for Sky1, with audiences of more than 1.5 million – half of them from catch-up viewing. A third series is now in the offing, with its all-star cast all signed up.

Meanwhile,  Wallander  remains a prestige brand for BBC1 and  dci  Banks  has become a dependable detective for ITV1.

This combined portfolio is a benchmark for “popular, innovative and quality drama”, said one peer. “it’s got the Midas touch,” another reflected, praising the consistency of its output. For its status – less than five years old and independent, though with a minority stake from  bbc  Worldwide – “it punches well above its weight”, they added.

It’s certainly doing that with its next project: a big-budget international mini-series based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiographical  Conversations With Myself, which it is producing with Out of Africa Entertainment and Blue Ice Films. Left Bank is in advanced development, with no broadcaster yet attached, though it is sure to be a hot ticket on the international market.

On a smaller scale, though with no less kudos, Left Bank is teaming up with Octagon Films and Victoria Wood on abiopic of pianist Joyce Hatto  for BBC1. Expect a top 10 placing again next year.”

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