I caught up with Kevin Piper of Kevin Piper Media, recently. We’re long term friends and have worked together on a number of occasions in that time, producing DVD sleeves and brochures amongst other things.
Kevin joined Anglia Television in 1987 as a sports journalist, later becoming head of sport. He was then a presenter on Anglia Tonight and was instrumental in securing Anglia’s involvement in the production of ITV’s award-winning coverage of Formula One.
As well as being the main face of ITV Anglia’s sports programmes for many years, he also produced a number of acclaimed network and regional documentaries on high profile sports personalities such as Eddie Jordan, Murray Walker and Barry Fry. He even had a cameo role on the silver screen in the film, Mike Bassett – England Manager.
I asked Kevin to bring me up to date with life at Kevin Piper Media.
“Much of my time these days is spent chasing racing cars around the world. When I say ‘racing’ I mean ‘rally’ to be more precise, as in producing TV coverage for the World Rally Championship. We’re now into the second half of the season, which will take us to Germany, Spain and Corsica, via China, then Wales for Rally GB ahead of the finale on the coast of eastern Australia.
If you like your motorsport served raw, spectacular and unpredictable, featuring the top drivers on the planet being pushed to the very edge – and very often over – I thoroughly recommend the WRC.
It’s a brilliant series, lacking the profile of Formula 1, for sure, but producing superb action every time. You can catch it on Channel 5 or BT Sport, usually on a Monday after a round of the championship.
As I write we’re preparing for the first tarmac test of the season, Rally Germany, set in the stunning Moselle Valley, famous for its exquisite wines, of course. Mind you, a fair proportion of the crop is routinely wiped out by wayward rally cars. You’ve got to see it to appreciate it…”
The World Rally is only part of the story at KPM, so I asked Kevin what other projects he was involved in.
“While I’m never far away from TV or sport (old habits…) as a company we’re also busy working with clients on a range of production and media related topics. It’s been a busy year on the media training front, for instance, working closely with some key local organisations.
We’re also looking forward to the annual Norfolk Police Safer Community Awards, aka the NOSCAs, which we’ve co-produced since their inception nine years ago. It’s a tremendous event, whereby unsung heroes of local communities are rightly recognised.
The awards will once again be held in October, by which time KPM will be in new offices near the centre of Norwich”
Nice one KP – fun times ahead! If you would like more information on corporate video production or PR/media training, email Kevin at email@example.com