The highly-regarded production company behind BT Sport’s coverage of the English Gallaghers Premiership and Premier League football has been awarded the contract to produce the coverage for the Guinness PRO14 this season.
Premier Sports, the new broadcasters of the Guinness PRO14, have awarded the multi-million pound contract to production company Sunset+Vine – who have worked with BT Sport in recent seasons in their coverage of English club rugby and football.
The three-year deal will see Sunset+Vine produce over 200 hours of live rugby coverage for Premier Sports each season including the final, which this season, in a historic first for the stadium and the competition, will be held at Celtic Park in Glasgow .
Speaking about the deal, Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports, said: “We are very happy to confirm that Sunset+Vine is going to be producing our coverage of the Guinness PRO14 following a very competitive tender process. Appointing the leading UK rugby production company demonstrates our commitment to delivering the very best coverage of the tournament.
“The Guinness PRO14 is a hugely important property for Premier Sports and in Sunset+Vine’s hands we know that their quality and wealth of experience in rugby production will deliver the best for our viewers.”
Premier Sports and Sunset+Vine will be announcing their line-up of commentators, analysts and presenters in the coming weeks, with a series of new and familiar faces expected to be revealed.
However, the importance of a proven production company, while not at the forefront of supporters’ minds as much as on-screen talent, cannot be underestimated – especially given the magnitude of broadcasting seven games every weekend.
Cerith Williams, Executive Producer Wales, for Sunset+Vine, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Premier Sports. We are proud of our track record in rugby that spans seven years of the Premiership, first with ESPN and subsequently for the past four years with BT Sport.
“Add to this our experience with the Champions and Challenge Cups in the UK, Lions Tours, Rugby World Cups and production of the Six Nations in Italy, and we believe we are well placed to deliver the Guinness PRO14 with the quality of coverage that this world-class competition deserves.”