Former BBC staff members set up Rockhopper

Two former BBC staff members have launched a broadcast consultancy and video production company to produce video news releases (VNRs) and video footage for PR consultancies.

Two former BBC staff members have launched a broadcast consultancy

and video production company to produce video news releases (VNRs) and

video footage for PR consultancies.



Rockhopper, which launches this week, was founded by long-term BBC news

staffers Richard Wilson and Nick Gardner. Wilson served as the

corporation’s environment correspondent for five years, while Gardner

spent 13 years in a variety of reporting and production roles.



The company uses digital editing equipment together with rapid response

shooting and editing facilities to produce VNRs for PR consultanies,

non-governmental organisations, government departments and commercial

clients.



Using advanced digital technology, Rockhopper’s process includes

consultation, assessing the media potential of organisations, and

pinpointing stories which they will then film, edit and stream on to the

internet and into newsrooms worldwide.



’We are digital, and ready to react at the touch of a button. We are

ideal for those who need stories covered in out-of-the-way places fast

and with expertise,’ said assistant producer Saritha Wilkinson.



Gardner will be UK-based, while Wilson will lead the teams on jobs out

in the field.



The company has already signed up its first client - the Worldwide Fund

for Nature - for which it acts as a rapid response unit to produce VNRs

from around the world. Forthcoming plans for the fund include a trip to

film melting glaciers at Mount Everest’s Himalayan base camp.



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