Whisper Films named ‘Broadcast Best Places to Work’ for 3rd Year

Whisper Films, producers of the Formula One coverage for C4 (UK), has been named ‘Broadcast Best Places to Work’ for the third year running. The company first won the Best Places to Work accolade in 2016 and has retained it ever since.

Dedicated to identifying and recognising the best employers in TV, the scheme reviews both employers and staff to get a clear picture of how a company operates. The assessment covers everything from leadership and planning to corporate culture, work environment, training and salaries.

One of the original beneficiaries of the Channel 4 Growth Fund, Whisper now has 50+ full-time staff, with creative teams dedicated to F1, rugby, NFL and women’s football. It also has a thriving branded entertainment business.

Staff benefit from flexible working hours, monthly massages, life coach access, a running club, a diverse and inclusive working environment, team social events and early summer finishing hours.

Since it was established in 2010, Whisper has focused on working with the industry’s best and nurturing new talent. Partnered with Royal Holloway University, it offers mentoring, training and employment opportunities to the University’s media arts students and believes in rewarding effort.

Sunil Patel, CEO commented: “It’s always nice to have recognition for the work we do, but we have always said that people are the most important asset we have. We take on team members who are eager to learn and hungry to grow and we like to reward talent and hard work with more opportunities.”

There is also a big focus on diversity in all areas. “We often look for talent beyond the sport genre, which helps generate new ideas and ways of working,” says Patel. “We advertise almost all roles to ensure our opportunities are available to everyone, which can help break down the ‘who you know’ barrier that can exist in our industry. We actively work to ensure a diverse workforce and invest in their development; one of our team members was included in the Shaw Trust 2018 Disability Power List, which reveals the most influential disabled people in the UK.”