LOS ANGELES, January 13, 2009 —
Coordinating Producer will Head Tournament Production as Network Coverage Expands to Include US Open, Increased HD
Tennis Channel, with telecast rights to all four of the sport’s Grand Slam tournaments securely in place and in anticipation of its first year of US Open coverage, today announced the promotion of longtime production executive Bob Whyley to vice president, tournament production, effective immediately. Previously coordinating producer, Whyley will continue to report to Larry Meyers, senior vice president, production and executive producer, Tennis Channel, and remain based in Los Angeles.
With the network since 2003, Whyley has been responsible for Tennis Channel domestic tournament production since 2007, when he was promoted to coordinating producer from director of production. In the past two years, as the network has progressed from zero Grand Slam competitions to one in 2007, three in 2008 and all four beginning in 2009, Whyley’s role has broadened to reflect the worldwide scope of production’s tournament lineup. This continues with his involvement in Tennis Channel’s coming inaugural coverage of the US Open which, like the network’s Olympus US Open Series telecasts, will be shot in high definition.
Whyley will continue to oversee the production department’s operational needs and guide the direction of the live-match finished product that appears on the network. In 2008 he has also seen to planning, scheduling and other processes in conjunction with the network’s heavily expanded high-definition production. This includes close to 150 hours of network telecasts from eight tournaments in the Olympus US Open Series, in addition to handling the world feed for the tournaments, servicing series broadcasts on CBS, ESPN2 and international outlets.
“This has been a year of enormous change for Tennis Channel’s live on-air production department as we’ve expanded our HD tournament coverage, and Bob has helped us meet that considerable challenge flawlessly,” said Meyers. “The fact that other broadcast and cable network partners entrust Tennis Channel to produce the tennis that appears live on their air speaks volumes about the quality of our coverage under Bob’s management.”
At Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles for five years before joining Tennis Channel, Whyley served as a production coordinator, production manager, associate producer or feature producer on that network’s coverage of a wide variety of competitions. These include ATP and Sony Ericsson
WTA Tour tennis, NASCAR and Formula One auto racing, NCAA football, ACC and Pac-10 conference NCAA basketball, NBA Halftime Report, NFL Europe, and Major League Baseball.
Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.
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