Whisper, the UK-based production firm, has brought in Roisin Thomas as its new chief operating officer and general counsel.

Thomas, who spent the last year as director of corporate development at fellow production firm Fremantle, will sit on the senior management team and report to Sunil Patel, the chief executive.

She will focus on helping continue the firm’s growth strategy, as well as its business and legal affairs.

She will also be involved in looking to develop the production firm’s culture.

In joining as COO, she replaces Julie Porter, who had been in that position at Whisper for the last decade.

Before her time at Fremantle, she worked at content production and distribution firm Banijay for seven years, as COO of Banijay Rights, and has also spent time at media law firm Olswang.

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Of Thomas' appointment, Patel said: “Her experience of both legal and business affairs at large media companies, alongside her commercial and strategic mindset, will be an amazing asset to our team as we continue our focus on growing in the right way.”

Thomas added: “Whisper is a business with a fantastic culture, a distinct voice, enormous ambition, and great people.”

Last month, the firm brought in the experienced broadcast executive Pete Thomas as its new head of sport. 

Thomas has more than 15 years of sports broadcast experience having covered English soccer’s Premier League, Europe’s UEFA Champions League, women’s soccer, American football’s NFL, and rugby.

He was most recently at London-based production firm Noah Media Group.

Whisper, founded by Patel, broadcaster Jake Humphrey, and former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, has a sporting portfolio that includes the Paralympics, Formula 1, international cricket, international rugby, and English soccer’s Women’s Super League.

The production company has also been appointed host broadcaster for the Rugby League World Cup in England, which will now take place in 2022 having been postponed from 2021.

Whisper recently launched a new entertainment subsidiary, Whisper North, with a new hub in Manchester.