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Extra: Noah Media hires F1 champ Webber as EP; BBC “Reunion Hotel” series

Noah Media hires F1 champ Mark Webber, rolls out slate of sports docs Noah Media Group has hired nine-time Formula One Grand Prix winner Mark Webber as a brand ambassador and ...
November 19, 2021

Noah Media hires F1 champ Mark Webber, rolls out slate of sports docs

Noah Media Group has hired nine-time Formula One Grand Prix winner Mark Webber as a brand ambassador and executive producer on several of the London-based prodco’s projects.

In his new role, Webber (pictured), who is also an investor in the company, will connect Noah with sports talent for future documentary projects.

Webber is an executive producer on the upcoming Netflix feature documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible, which will be released on the streaming giant globally on November 29. He’s also executive producing the recently announced Formula One-inspired feature doc Villeneuve & Pironi, which is currently in production, and is part of Noah Media Group’s multi-title development deal with Sky Studios.

“It’s fantastic to have a partner who is already facilitating exciting new relationships and will help us secure incredible global stories for our team to tell, to the very highest of standards, over the coming years,” said Noah Media Group co-founder and CEO John McKenna in a release.

Added Webber: “I’ve always had a great appetite for documentaries, whether sport or unique human-interest stories. It’s a privilege to collaborate with Noah Media Group and their incredibly talented team. What they’ve achieved in such a short period of time is staggering and I’m looking forward to being a part of exciting projects in the future.”

BBC2, BBC Wales co-commission Reunion Hotel series

BBC2 and BBC Wales have co-commissioned an unscripted series, Reunion Hotel, about emotional reunions between friends, family, romantic partners and life-saving strangers.

The series, produced by Caernarfon-based prodco Darlun, sees guests reconnecting and getting the chance to say the things they never did before. Welcoming the guests and putting them at ease before their big meeting will be presenter Alex Jones. It’s slated to launch on BBC2 in 2023.

Reunion Hotel is set at a hotel in north east Wales, with each reunion rooted in the surrounding areas or involving people with a connection to that part of Wales. The 6 x 60-minute series is based on the format Gwesty Aduniad, originally developed and produced for S4C.

The series marks the fourth BBC Factual and BBC Nations co-commission, coming as part of the new strategy reflecting the Across the UK plan, outlined earlier this year.

“I think the series chimes with a major desire in the audience for community and connection. I’m delighted that Reunion Hotel will be the first major co-commission for BBC network and BBC Wales in the Across the UK initiative,” said Patrick Holland, director of factual, arts & classical music said in a release.

“We’re delighted that by working with S4C, we’re able to bring this unique series to a UK-wide audience. This commission with BBC2 will showcase and reflect Wales to audiences across the UK and beyond,” said Nick Andrews, head of content commissioning for BBC Wales.

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