Whisper appoints former Noah Media exec Pete Thomas as head of sport
Former Noah Media Group and Sunset+Vine executive and senior producer Pete Thomas will join UK-based Whisper as its new head of sport next week, bolstering the production company’s sports team.
Thomas brings with him more than 15 years of sports broadcasting experience, including covering Premier League football, women’s football, the UEFA Champions League, NFL and rugby, and joins a department headed by managing director Mark Cole and overseen by CEO Sunil Patel.
He was most recently at Camden Productions but he will be best known as an executive producer at Noah Media Group, where he produced and directed a number of documentaries including Finding Jack Charlton. The programme was nominated for Best Sports Documentary at both the Grierson Awards and Broadcast Awards and won Editor’s Choice Award at the 2021 Broadcast Sport Awards.
Thomas was also an intrinsic part of the Open Mike team that devised The Last Leg and was senior producer on C4’s Paralympic homecoming earlier this year, which is a great fit for Whisper, as producer of The Paralympics, the company said.
Discussing the appointment, Cole said: “Pete has an enviable list of production credits and a strong background in live sports, entertainment and documentary, so we’re really pleased he’s joining to lead our growing sports team. He knows how to create immersive films that audiences love and has produced stand-out content for ITV Sport, BBC, C4, FIFA and BT Sport. Pete has real experience of leading and developing teams, so will be a great addition and we look forward to welcoming him at the end of January.”
Thomas added: “I can’t wait to meet everyone and get stuck into the creative process with the team at Whisper. Sports events provide us with unbeatable drama and the most memorable moments of entertainment on TV. Whisper knows just how to capture that and bring out the stories that need telling. Their sensational coverage of The Paralympics, the audiences they are bringing to WSL and the ambition they bring to their F1 coverage is inspiring and I’m excited to be working with such a talented group of people.”
Thomas starts his new job on Monday 31 January 2022.