Profits bulge at 'Operation Transformation' firm
The Dublin production company behind the TV phenomenon 'Operation Transformation' has recorded profits of over €500,000 over the past two years.
Vision Independent Productions, co-owned by TV producer Philip Kampff boosted its accumulated profits by €48,096 to €427,092 last year.
The rise was more modest last year than the €460,855 rise in profits in 2014.
Its cash pile in the 12 months to the end of September last rose from €211,248 to €345,376.
The 2015 RTE independent annual production report shows that RTE contracted the firm to provide 8.5 hours of the series last year.
The firm co-owns the show - presented by Kathryn Thomas, pictured - with RTE.
Mr Kampff said yesterday that the reduced profit last year was due to the company's investment in twinstrangers.com, a website that helps people find their doppleganger from anywhere in the world. Mr Kampff said that last year the firm had shows on RTE, TV3 and UTV Ireland, but the most significant step in 2015 was its first move into digital through twinstrangers.com.
"The site grew quickly and now has over 1.4 million people from over 40 countries. We have been featured on news shows and magazines around the world and Twin Strangers continues to grow."
He added: "Operation Transformation was the first real multi-platform show, it has grown over nine seasons. "It hasn't become a big hit overseas but it's important to us because it's a show that goes beyond business, it has a positive impact on people's lives and that is very rewarding to see."
Asked about the prospects for the celebrity version, Mr Kampff said: "They are taking it very seriously so I think it will be strong."