Whisper Opens New Welsh Office in Cardiff
Whisper, the leading sport independent TV producer, is to open a new production office in Cardiff.
The move is aimed at capitalising on the hot-bed of sports production talent in the nation to assist the company’s rapid growth. Whisper plan to base a number of future productions from their Wales hub, which is due to open in August this year.
Leading the team will be former BBC Wales producer Rhys Edwards, one of the world’s leading rugby directors, who has recently joined Whisper.
Edwards said: “This is an exciting move which shows Whisper’s commitment to the nation. The location in Cardiff, with its ready skill base, is ideal for our operation. This gives a much needed boost to sports production in Wales.”
The move also ties in with the increased emphasis from terrestrial broadcasters on producing content from the Nations.
Whisper Managing Director Sunil Patel said: “We are all really excited about the latest part of our growth and having a presence in a Nation has been a big priority for us. We will be tapping into a hotbed of freelance sport production talent, particularly with specialism in rugby and football.”
We will bring network productions to the area and hope terrestrial broadcasters give our new team in Cardiff a chance to showcase their creative talents.”
As part of the move, Whisper has launched a strategic partnership with Llanelli-based indie Lens360 and will work closely with them to aid their growth.
Patel added: “We want to help upcoming companies in a way Channel 4 has supported us and leave a lasting legacy in Wales”.
This latest move continues another successful year of coverage including two Broadcast Award nominations for Best Sports Programme for the BBC NFL Show and Channel 4’s ground-breaking coverage of the Women’s European Championships. The Euros coverage has also become the first all women’s sport ever to be nominated for a Best Sport Programme BAFTA.