The Advertising Producers Association is the trade body for production companies, post production and VFX and editing companies making commercials. Our objective is to create the best possible business environment for our members to operate in.

  • Madam
  • Strange Beast
  • Nice & Polite
  • Family Editing
  • Contented Brothers
  • Short Films
  • Framestore
  • Mummu
  • Crossfire Productions
  • Chrome Productions
  • Passion
  • A+C Studios
  • 422 Vision
  • Nice Shirt Films
  • IMG
  • Bigballs Films
  • Burning Reel
  • Blink
  • DBLG
  • UNIT 9
  • Factory Studios
  • Imagination
  • Mind's Eye
  • Scramble
  • Fat Lemon
  • Jungle Studios
  • Locomotion
  • Art & Graft
  • Final Cut
  • Finger Music
  • Pretzel Films
  • Friend London
  • The Sweet Shop
  • Hungry Man
  • Independent Films
  • Across the Pond
  • B-Reel
  • Little Fish Films
  • BOLD
  • Grand Visual
  • Bang
  • Bare Films
  • The Operators
  • Stink
  • Mendoza Films
  • Cherry Films
  • Not To Scale
  • Animated Storyboards
  • Blac Ionica
  • Passion RAW
  • Media Monks
  • Mango Films
  • Making Pictures
  • Teepee Productions
  • Nearly Normal Ltd
  • Cap Gun Collective
  • Massive Music
  • Park Pictures
  • Hotspur and Argyle
  • ABF Pictures
  • Bullion
  • Outsider
  • Art.War.Entertainment
  • Finish
  • Gotgotneed
  • Another Film Company
  • MPC
  • Absolute Post
  • Ink Films
  • Envy
  • Angell Sound
  • Seed Animation Studio
  • HANraHAN
  • Itch Film
  • Academy Films
  • Work
  • Lucky Strike Productions
  • Tomboy Films
  • Neon Pictures
  • Marshall Street Editors
  • Momoco
  • Picasso Pictures
  • Forever Pictures
  • Gorgeous
  • Aardman Animations
  • Pop-Up Films
  • Offkey Creatives
  • Lola
  • Caviar Content
  • Joyrider
  • Black Label Productions
  • Stripey Horse
  • Mad Cow Films
  • Partizan
  • Smith and Jones Films
  • HSI London
  • Steam Media
  • Coffee&TV
  • The Assembly Rooms
  • Ursus
  • Cue Songs
  • Filament
  • Sweet Images
  • Helen Langridge Associates (HLA)
  • Th1ng
  • Cherry Cherry VFX
  • Siren
  • Dark Energy Films
  • Mario Testino+
  • AND Production
  • Mcasso Music Production
  • DesignStudio
  • Studio AKA
  • The Good Film Company
  • Audio Network
  • Whitehouse Post
  • Thomas Thomas Films
  • Ever After Film
  • Sassy Films
  • Grand Central Recording Studio
  • Sonny London
  • Biscuit Filmworks
  • Vermillion Films
  • Salt Film
  • My Therapy
  • DooFeR Films
  • Acne
  • Eclectic Sounds
  • Dingo Bill Productions
  • Quiet Storm
  • Motion Picture House
  • Weilands
  • Ivory
  • Upstart Films
  • Tenthree Editing
  • Cut + Run
  • NTSH London
  • Blue Zoo
  • Wave Studios
  • Jelly
  • Nexus Interactive Arts
  • Birdbox Studio
  • Prettybird
  • Stitch Editing
  • nineteentwenty
  • Annex Films
  • Taylor James
  • Wanda
  • Somesuch
  • Big Buoy
  • Tandem Films
  • Armoury
  • Production International
  • Golden Square Content
  • 2AM Films
  • The Quarry
  • Rewind FX
  • Moxie Pictures
  • Smoke & Mirrors
  • Pipe Dream Productions
  • Infinity Productions
  • Park Village
  • Riff Raff Films
  • Sauna International
  • Webber Represents
  • A-MNEMONIC Music Productions
  • Serious Pictures
  • The Mill
  • Intro
  • Cloud City Films
  • Speade
  • Habana Creative
  • Disqo
  • Casual Films
  • Sherbet
  • Glassworks
  • Agile Films
  • Peepshow
  • Rushes
  • Rattling Stick
  • Nexus
  • Great Guns
  • Loki
  • Rogue
  • Spoke Films
  • Fieldtrip
  • Smuggler
  • Fresh Film Productions
  • P For Production
  • Kettle
  • Greek Street Studios
  • Archers Mark
  • Good Egg HQ
  • Squire
  • 76 Ltd
  • Iconoclast
  • Love
  • Amarillo Films
  • Don Productions
  • MTP
  • Mustard
  • MJZ
  • Rokkit
  • ASD Lionheart
  • 750mph
  • Location Scotland
  • Knucklehead
  • Trim Editing
  • Chief Productions
  • Ground Control
  • Rankin Films
  • Sparklebop
  • De Wolfe Music
  • Sneezing Tree Films
  • Pulse Films
  • We Folk
  • Beautiful Productions
  • Believe Media
  • Soundlounge
  • The Wagon
  • RSA Films

Beak Street Bugle celebrates 60 years of TV advertising with HAT

Our online magazine and email newsletter, The Beak Street Bugle, celebrates 60 years of TV commercials in the UK in partnership with the History of Advertising Trust- HAT.

HAT is a wonderful archive of advertising, including TV, that seeks to preserve and provide access to advertising’s history, to enhance its future.

The Beak Street Bugle has commissioned HAT to bring their collection alive through ten items from the HAT collection.

The first article to appear on the BSB focusses on what the advertising industry predicted that TV advertising would do for advertisers, when it started in 1955. Inevitably, most of the predictions about it were way of the mark and provide entertaining reading.







Private view of the photos for the APA Collection Shots feature

Every year photographer Julian Hanford, Shots and ourselves create a photo feature for the Shots issue which contains the DVD of the APA Collection. Julian’s superb photos focussed  on directors (2011), editors in a Georgian House (2012), the APA Council as football stickers (2013) and music and sound companies as record covers (2014).

Many thanks to The Mill for hosting the exhibition and private view in their new office. See photos here LINK.  



Masterclass 2015 is underway

The APA Masterclass was set up in 2001 to provide training for staff of APA member. 2015 is the fourteenth of the Masterclass, meaning over 960 students will have undertaken it by the time this course is concluded. This year we have record 120 students attending the course.

Practical experience will always be the key to producer’s training and the Masterclass compliments that, rather than replaces it. It gives students the chance to learn from top practitioners and to get a perspective on the whole process of creating a commercial, from its genesis at the agency to completion of the final version for play out at the post production company.

The Budgeting all day session compliment the lectures, by giving you the opportunity to get involved in budgeting and other disciplines yourselves.

The exam then asks the students key production questions and asks them to go through a script and explain how would they produce and budget it.



The Year Ahead - Part 2

Following on our update on Sir Martin Sorrell's predictions for the year ahead, here we bring you charts and data from the IPA Bellwether report and the World Advertising Research Council, predicting ad spend for the UK in 2015, and a worldwide overview on how ad spending is changing in absolute terms and between media.

Interesting facts and figures and again an encouraging outlook for the year ahead.

Please read more below....


The year ahead part 2 - charts and data

Following our email earlier this week which summarised Sir Martin Sorrell's thoughts on the year ahead, this is a summary of the analysis and predictions of the advertising market for the year ahead, based on data from the IPA's Bellwether report, WARC- the World Advertising Research Council, again to help you in your understanding of the market and business planning for the year ahead.

The Bellwether report is an quarterly survey of marketing directors of the top 200 advertisers, asking them whether they expect their marketing budgets to increase or decrease, what media mix they plan to use etc. Over the twenty years or so it has been in operation, it has proved a very good forecaster of adspend.

Their most recent survey showed:
Marketing budgets being revised upward at the third highest rate in history. Internet and TV are the best performing categories.
Data on UK outlook

APA members work for many more overseas agencies and advertisers than they did in the past but the UK market- UK based advertisers and agencies remain the most important.

WARC Ad spend prediction


The UK is the fourth largest advertising market (behind the US, China and Japan) on purchasing power parity and shows strong growth over 2014 and predicted for 2015, following steady growth over the four years following the 2008/9 recession, as shown above.

Worldwide Media Overview


This chart shows that over the period 2004-13, the total spent on the internet in absolute terms has grown from $155 million and 4.3% of total adspend to $ 120 billion and 23.5% of total adspend.

More interestingly and perhaps less predictably, expenditure on TV also increased its share of total adspend, as well as in absolute terms: from 37.2% and $134 billion to 40.8% and $209 billion.

So growth in internet adspend has been at the expense of newspapers and magazines and not TV. With the internet increasingly becoming a video medium, adspend growth is firmly focused on the media in which APA members work.

So following on from the year ahead part 1, this is further evidence of a strong and growing demand for commercials production (meaning here all audio visual advertising content).

For more facts and figures on advertising, see 


The year ahead - Part 1 - Sir Martin Sorrell's thoughts

Predicting how good the year ahead will be for the advertising industry is difficult and, even when it is accurate, it is often inconsistent with how the market feels to APA members on the ground.

Specifically, periods of growth in adspend- even strong growth- don't automatically result in more work or better budgets for APA members because of the very intense competition for that work.

Nevertheless, the direction in which the advertising market is moving is of use in business planning and a predicted increase in adspend is positive news of course, just as a recession in advertising spend is a negative and within each prediction there can also be  useful insight into which countries and media are the most likely to grow in adspend.

Sir Martin Sorrell from his position as Chief Executive  of WPP, which owns 170 agency networks and agencies worldwide, is well placed to offer an overview and regularly  provides interesting insights into how he sees the advertising market going forward.

His central concern for 2015 is that advertisers are still managing their business by reducing costs and are sitting on rather than investing the cash reserves available to them, "If pre-crash confidence blurred into irrational exuberance, post-crash insecurity has produced an excess of caution." he says. He sees the is focus on management by minimising costs rather than maximising revenue continuing through 2015.

For advertising, that means advertisers committing less to adspend than they would do with a maximising revenue focus.

Another concern for the UK is the election in May and the uncertainty around that, which may extend beyond the result being announced, with the potential for an inconclusive result.

WPP's actual forecast for adspend in the UK is much more optimistic though: they predict growth of 5.7% in 2015 and describe the UK advertising market as its "star performer" among mature markets.

Europe as a whole though shows weak growth and that leads Sir Martin to conclude though that, on a global level, it is about the G2- China and the USA. WPP showed an early commitment to China, which is now its third biggest market. The next stage for the Chinese market is Chinese brands becoming international brands, which has been part of our focus in our events in China and the links we have established with agencies and government there.

Those thoughts on China are also consistent with our research and the experience of APA members in which of the new markets have the greatest potential, which is something we will be building on- and updating you on- this year.

The US economy and advertising prospects are very strong too.

So, overall, positive news on our home market and a very encouraging outlook for two key overseas markets.


APA Council Election Results

The polls have closed, the votes counted and the new APA Council comprises the following:

Mark Benson - MPC 
James Bland - Blink 
Marisa Clifford - Pulse Films 
Charlie Crompton - Rogue 
Caspar Delaney - RSA
John Doris - Mustard 
Lizie Gower - Academy
Helen Hadfield - Bare Films 
Pat Joseph - The Mill 
Tim Katz - Knucklehead
Katie Keith - Rattling Stick
Helen Kenny - Sonny 
Richard Packer - Outsider 
Madeleine Sanderson - Partizan 
Rupert Smythe - Gorgeous
Helen Stanley - Framestore
James Tomkinson - Nexus
Debbie Turner - MJZ
Orlando Wood - Biscuit Filmworks

Thank you to everyone who was a candidate for the election- it was a great list, reflecting the support for the APA we are fortunate to enjoy from our members- and to the many of you who voted.


APA Office During Christmas

The APA Office will be closed during Christmas, starting at 18:00 on the 23rd December 2014 and reopening at 09:10 on the 2nd January 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the APA Team. 


A very merry APA Christmas Party 2014 - Pictures!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at Foundation Bar for the APA Christmas Party 2014! A very merry time seems to have been had by all - judge for yourself from the photos...


South Africa Relaxes Immigration Requirements For Advertising Production Sector

Through the efforts of the South African Commercial Producers Association, the complications with South African visas for productions which the South African Government introduced have now been resolved- and just in time for their busy season for productions from the UK.

For all production company, agency and client personnel from the UK (and other countries including the US and Germany) there is now no need to get a visa in advance (there is now a form to be completed on entry and a visa is granted at the airport in South Africa). 

For what the SA regulations term Specialists, working on the set, Directors, DPs, ADs, technicians, actors and models, they still need authorisation  from their nearest South African Embassy in their own country but  the requirements and procedures have been standardised and made simpler and will receive priority status with a maximum turnaround of 5 working days for processing. 

For more info, please click HERE.