SANTA MONICA, October 6, 2011 —
Sports-Television Veteran Promoted to SVP, Production, and Executive Producer
Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, has promoted Bob Whyley to senior vice president of production and executive producer, effective immediately. A 15-year televised-sports veteran and member of the network-management team since 2003, Whyley was previously vice president, production. In his new capacity, Whyley will oversee all aspects of Tennis Channel’s live, first-run and tournament-coverage programming, and report to Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, and Bill Simon, COO and CFO.
As the primary force behind all Tennis Channel match coverage, Whyley will be responsible for special-event telecasts during US Open, Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open, Davis Cup and Fed Cup competition and the men’s and women’s year-end championships. He will assign all on-air talent, interacting with and managing a roster that includes tennis legends Martina Navratilova, Mary Carillo, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin, Jim Courier, Justin Gimelstob as well as sports broadcasting veterans Bill Macatee, Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle, Bud Collins and many others. Whyley will also oversee the multi-hour encore, highlight and news shows that air each day during the sport’s four majors: US Open Tonight, Wimbledon Primetime, French Open Tonight and Australian Open Today.
“Bob is widely respected within the sports-television and tennis communities, and has long-running relationships with other network executives, on-air talent and player representatives,” said Solomon. “We’re confident in his ability to lead our production department and to continue managing tennis’ year-round, weekly tournament schedule. No other single-sport network carries the volume of live professional competition that Tennis Channel does, and Bob has been skillfully guiding the evolution of our coverage for years.”
Whyley joined Tennis Channel as director of production in 2003 when the network launched, and has managed the production department’s operational needs since then. He was promoted to coordinating producer in 2007 and vice president of production in 2008, when he saw to planning, scheduling and other process in conjunction with the network’s high-definition transition. Since then, Tennis Channel has heavily expanded its high-definition production to include all domestic tournaments and the four major, “Grand Slam” events.
Since 2007 Whyley has managed all domestic tournament production for Tennis Channel. This has involved producing the world feed, the official tournament telecast that is used by CBS, ESPN2 and all international networks, during almost all Olympus US Open Series events.
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 included ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tennis, NASCAR and Formula One auto racing, NCAA football, 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 tennis lifestyle. 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 World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 video providers.
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