-Business to expand nations output via partnership with Welsh production company, Wales&Co-
London, 18 September 2018: RDF West, the Bristol-based arm of RDF, a Banijay Group company, has today announced it will be partnering with Cardiff-based production company, Wales&Co across a range of Welsh projects. The investment from the leading factual producer will trigger a collaboration between the two companies on specific factual entertainment and documentary productions.
Wales&Co was founded six years ago by Managing Director Martyn Ingram and Creative Director Ian Durham. It has become one of the most successful factual production companies in Wales and has recently been shortlisted for three BAFTA Cymru Awards. The business has produced a range of documentaries including most recently, Rhod Gilbert Stand Up to Shyness (BBC One), Young Welsh and Pretty Minted (BBC Three) and Gareth Thomas v Homophobia – Hate in the Beautiful Game (BBC Two). For five years, Wales&Co produced a weekly current affairs programme with Huw Edwards, and is currently in production with a number of series for BBC Wales and other national television channels.
The investment is a natural next step for RDF West which has already established itself in Bristol, via shows such as Shop Well For Less?, Eat Well For Less? and Dickinson’s Real Deal. The collaboration will also further the company’s credentials in Welsh co-production, following its success with Only Connect in partnership with Parasol Media and previous series made in Wales including Oz and James Drink to Britain and Wogan’s Ireland for the BBC, and The Renovation Game for Channel 4.
RDF West’s investment marks a strategic move into Wales in response to the demand from Broadcasters for an increase in programming from the nations and regions.
Jim Allen, MD, RDF said: “Having worked with Martyn and Ian before, we feel them and their company are an excellent fit for us in expanding our production efforts in Wales. Wales&Co is incredibly well-established in the nation and we are positive that together, we can produce a host of high-quality content that utilises the best talent in the region. For us, this is a fantastic extension of our commitment to invest in the nations and regions.”
Martyn Ingram, Managing Director of Wales&Co added: “This is a really exciting moment to be working in Wales. With increased commitment from BBC and Channel 4 to the nations and regions, there are many new creative opportunities and we believe that this new, and very different partnership with RDF West will make it possible for us to grow and produce even more quality programmes for a range of broadcasters. Having really enjoyed working with RDF in the past, and very much respecting their creativity and commitment, we are sure they are the perfect partner in the next stage of our development.”
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RDF is one of the largest production companies in the UK and is also the biggest within the Banijay UK division. With offices in West London and Bristol, the company was founded in 1993 and it has since established an outstanding reputation for producing popular and innovative programmes across programming genres of Entertainment, Factual Entertainment, Comedy, Documentaries, Daytime and Features.
RDF has enjoyed huge success across all the network broadcasters, with recent hits including the critically acclaimed The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds for Channel 4, Eat Well For Less? for BBC One, 6 Puppies And Us for BBC Two and 100 Year Old Drivers for ITV. They also have major commissions from digital channels such as Nat Geo, UKTV and MTV. Some of RDF’s leading formats are made out of its Bristol based label, RDF West, and its entertainment label Fizz most recently brought back primetime entertainment hit The Crystal Maze for Channel 4.
Wales & Co
Formed in September 2012, Wales & Co has made in excess of 400 Television, Radio & Online programmes over the past 4 years. From our flagship weekly BBC current affairs programme The Wales Report with Huw Edwards, to single docs such as Before I Kick the Bucket and How to live to 100, to returning series like Alfie’s Angels and Young, Welsh & Pretty Skint, Wales & Co has always strived to reflect the contemporary Welsh landscape from a multitude of angles.