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Whisper Films launches fact-ent division, hires Wiseman

Former Top Gear director Jim Wiseman has joined Whisper Films to launch the London-based sports indie’s factual entertainment division. With 15 years’ experience, Wiseman has served as the lead creative on such ...
November 15, 2016

Former Top Gear director Jim Wiseman has joined Whisper Films to launch the London-based sports indie’s factual entertainment division.

With 15 years’ experience, Wiseman has served as the lead creative on such hit series as BBC’s Top Gear and They Think It’s All Over;  Channel 5′s The Classic Car Show (pictured), which was recently acquired by Whisper Films; and acclaimed documentaries Lewis Hamilton: Billion Dollar Man for BBC3 and Hammond Meets Moss for BBC4.

Wisemen most recently served as a freelance member of the Whisper Films Formula 1 production team, which the Association for International Broadcasting award for Best Sports Program for Channel 4.

The hiring of Wiseman follows a recent wave of high-profile acquisitions, including Match of the Day boss Mark Cole as head of television, Richard Gort as creative director, Mark Wilkin as Formula 1 editor and Andy Stevenson as development producer.

Launched in 2010, Whisper Films has produced more than 160-hours of sports-related programming for such brands as Red Bull, UBS and Shell, as well as a one-off BBC1 doc, Racing With The Hamiltons: Nic In The Driving Seatand Horse Power, a documentary that aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Whisper Films founders include former BBC Sport producer Sunil Patel, Formula 1 race driver-turned-BBC Sport commentator David Coulthard and TV presenter and journalist Jake Humphrey.

UK pubcaster Channel 4 acquired a minority stake in the sports indie as part of its Growth Fund investment drive last August.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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