Sony takes minority stake in F1 producer The Whisper Group

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Sony has taken a minority stake in The Whisper Group, the production company founded by broadcaster Jake Humphrey and former F1 driver David Coulthard.

The Whisper Group comprises live sports and non-scripted production company Whisper, Chapter 3 Graphics and East Media.

It produces programmes for sports including NFL, the Paralympics, Formula One, SailGP, Women’s Super League, International Cricket and W Series, and recently retained the contract to cover Formula One for Channel 4.

“This is big news for Whisper”, said CEO Sunil Patel, who co-founded Whisper with Humphrey and Coulthard.

“Our absolute belief is that Entertainment is Everything and Sony Pictures Television is one of the top players in the entertainment world.

“Sport is at our heart and we’ll remain committed to immersive sports broadcasting, however, we have other ambitions which this move can help us to realise. We are keen to grow internationally and to develop formats that can help build an exciting IP catalogue."

Whisper Films generated a turnover of £19.7m for the year to December 31st 2018, with pre-tax profit of £1.9m.