RDF West, the Bristol-based arm of RDF, will team with Cardiff-headquartered factual prodco Wales & Co for a range of factual entertainment and documentary productions.
The investment from the Banijay Group-owned RDF West marks a strategic move into the Welsh region in response to “the demand from broadcasters for an increase in programming from the nations and regions,” according to a release.
The collaboration will further RDF West’s production credits in Welsh programming, following its successes of Only Connect in partnership with Parasol Media. The firm has also produced a number of Welsh programs, including the BBC’s Oz and James Drink to Britain and Wogan’s Ireland, and Channel 4′s The Renovation Game.
Wales & Co was launched in 2012 by managing director Martyn Ingram and creative director Ian Durham, and was most recently shortlisted for three BAFTA Cymru Awards. The factual prodco has also produced such documentaries as Rhod Gilbert Stand Up to Shyness for BBC1, Young Welsh and Pretty Minted for BBC3 and Gareth Thomas v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game for BBC2.
“With increased commitment from BBC and Channel 4 to the nations and regions, there are many new creative opportunities [in Wales] and we believe that this new, and very different partnership with RDF West will make it possible for us to grow and produce even more quality programs for a range of broadcasters,” said Ingram, in a statement.
(Pictured: Jim Allen, managing director of RDF)