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LAURA PODOLAK WADDELL JOINS GRAVITY MEDIA TO MANAGE ITS NORTH AMERICAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS Posted: 11/11/2019
LAURA PODOLAK WADDELL JOINS GRAVITY MEDIA TO MANAGE ITS NORTH AMERICAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

 

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors, has appointed former Pac-12 Networks Sr. Director, Content Production Laura Podolak Waddell as its new Director, Strategic Partnership Management for North America. Laura joins the team to enhance brand relationships with a focus on an ongoing studio operations project that Gravity Media is overseeing for a major media and technology brand.

After nearly a decade of local news production for radio stations in Colorado and California, Laura became part of Pac-12 Networks’ launch team in 2012. The considerable amount of broadcasting experience she gained during her time there has led her to join Gravity Media where she will bring teams across the country closer together to streamline production processes and improve content output for clients. As Laura emphasises, the role comprises everything that fascinates her about production; “compelling content, a fast-paced environment and all the unique personalities of content creators.”

Laura’s past seven years at Pac-12 Networks were focused on relationship building, enhancing communication across content teams and implementing production best practices. The biggest challenge she’s seen in the broadcasting industry over that time was engaging a young audience, finding out where the younger viewers are consuming content and what sports they’re most interested in watching to entice the next generation of fans. “Nobody can predict exactly where media consumption is going, but what we do know, is that people want to watch engaging content,” she notes.

Tags: Gravity Media | appointment | Gearhouse Broadcast | HyperActive Broadcast | Input Media | Chief Entertainment
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GRAVITY MEDIA: A BRAND-NEW COMPANY WITH A 30-YEAR PEDIGREE Posted: 01/11/2019
GRAVITY MEDIA: A BRAND-NEW COMPANY WITH A 30-YEAR PEDIGREE

Gravity Media Group was formed in 2000 to purchase leading broadcast solutions provider Gearhouse Broadcast which was founded in 1993. In 2015 the group acquired HyperActive Broadcast, a leading international provider of post-production and live workflow solutions for both film and TV which was established in 1985.

In 2016 the group secured substantial investment from TowerBrook Capital Partners and in 2017 it took over leading sports production company Input Media and Australian communications solutions company Stranger Designs. In 2018 Gravity Media bought Germany-based Genesis Broadcast Services to meet the needs of the production markets of Northern Europe and acquired Proshow Broadcast, a leading supplier of mobile production solutions to broadcasters, producers and rights holders throughout North America. In September 2019, Gravity Media acquired Chief Entertainment, a leading Sydney, Australia-based provider of live studio and production services.

Gravity Media worked with Superunion, the leading global brand agency, to develop its new brand strategy and visual identity which is now being rolled out across the business world-wide.

John Newton, CEO at Gravity Media, commented:

“At Gravity Media we are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

“We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites. Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of four well known broadcast and production houses: Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment.

“We are confident that this change and our new modern branding will make it easier for our clients to recognise Gravity Media as the leading provider of live broadcast facilities and production services.”

 

Tags: broadcast | production | sport | media | news | entertainment | Gearhouse Broadcast | Hyperactive Broadcast | Input Media | Chief Entertainment | Gravity Media
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Record numbers of exhibitors at KitPlus Show MediaCityUK Posted: 25/10/2019
Record numbers of exhibitors at KitPlus Show MediaCityUK

KitPlus Show, MediaCityUK, Manchester 5 November: A record number of exhibitors, ready to demonstrate leading products, services, and technologies from more than 100 brands – many for the first time - will be on hand at the ninth annual KitPlus Show MediaCityUK.

Simon Tillyer, KitPlus Show says, “Having recognised that people are increasingly less able or willing to travel long distances to shows, we decided a long time ago to take KitPlus Show to regional media hubs such as Glasgow, Bristol and Manchester. The concept is to give visitors the opportunity to see the very latest in new kit without having to travel far in a friendly, relaxed environment, and it doesn’t cost a thing.

“As well as getting hands on with new kit and speaking directly with manufacturers, there are workshops, training sessions and seminars throughout the day together with excellent networking opportunities. The emphasis is on creating quality time, and the exchange of quality information, both of which are far more readily available at these regional shows than during the crush of major trade shows.”

These free-to-attend events host many of the top names in the business, including EditshareBlackmagic Design, CanonJVCNewTekPanasonic, and many more.

Tags: Kitplus Show | MediaCityUk | A.C. Entertainment Technologies | AES Global | AJA Video | Altered Images | Boxer | Broadcast Bionics | Canford | Cirro Lite | Cuescript | CVP | DekTec | DigiBox | Editshare | Fujifilm UK Ltd | G-Technology | Glensound | Global Distribution | Gravity Media | HHB
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Mola TV chooses Input Media to produce its English Premier League football show Posted: 12/09/2019
Indonesia and rsquo;s Mola TV chooses Input Media to produce its English Premier League football show

London-based sports independent Input Media is to produce a new studio show for Indonesian broadcaster Mola TV who have acquired the English Premier League rights for their territory. Gravity Media-owned Input Media will produce their studio wrap-around show around a selection of live games throughout the Premier League season.

Tags: Input Media | Indonesia | broadcast | Mola TV | Premier League | Gravity Media | live games | live event | video | live | UHD
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Gravity Media completes Chief Entertainment acquisition in Australia Posted: 04/09/2019
Gravity Media completes Chief Entertainment acquisition in Australia

Deal creates premier provider of live and fast-turnaround programming with studios and post-production facilities

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, has completed the acquisition of Chief Entertainment Pty Limited, a leading Sydney, Australia-based provider of live studio and production services, from Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company. Gravity Media already operates in Australia under the Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast and Input Media brands and this acquisition will complement the existing Input Media production centres in the UK as well as its Melbourne production and Sydney post-production facilities. The transaction completed on Friday 30th August 2019.

Tags: Gravity Media | Chief Entertainment | acquisition | post-production | studio | broadcast | live | production | Sydney | Australia | Melbourne | UK | TV | networks
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Gravity Media further expands in Australia with Chief Entertainment acquisition Posted: 19/08/2019
Gravity Media further expands in Australia with Chief Entertainment acquisition

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, has agreed to acquire Chief Entertainment Pty Limited, a leading Sydney, Australia-based provider of live studio and production services, from Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company. Gravity Media currently operates in Australia under the Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast and Input Media brands and this acquisition will complement the existing Input Media production centres in the UK as well as its Melbourne production and Sydney post-production facilities. The transaction has not yet completed and is expected to complete by the end of August, subject to certain conditions being satisfied.

Tags: Gravity Media | Chief Entertainment | acquisition | studio | post-production | broadcast | live | production | Sydney | Australia | telecommunications | technology | August | television | digital | TV | networks | entertainment | connectivity | content
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Gearhouse Broadcast USA completes 1850th REMI production Posted: 03/06/2019
Gearhouse Broadcast USA completes 1850th REMI production

Gearhouse Broadcast USA, the Gravity Media-owned supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, has successfully completed its 1850th multi-camera, remote integration (REMI) production. The milestone was passed at the close of the 2019 US collegiate sports season, when the Washington Huskies took on the University of California Bears in the Pac-12 Baseball and cements Gearhouse’s position as a leader in delivering ‘At Home’ centralized productions.

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disguise vx 4 Servers Deliver Ambitious Eurovision Visuals Posted: 24/05/2019
disguise vx 4 Servers Deliver Ambitious Eurovision Visuals

The hotly-anticipated Eurovision 2019 spectacular landed in Tel Aviv in May with a bold ‘Dare to Dream’ tagline and world-class staging, upon which 26 countries battled to be crowned the winner. Video returned to the core of the show, powered by a chorus of disguise vx 4 and 4x4pro servers.

Tags: disguise | Eurovision | vx 4 | 4x4pro | Bild | Eurovision | live production | Shay Bonder Ltd | bright! Studios | for PRG | Gravity | video projection | r15.3 software
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GRAVITY MEDIA GROUP MEETS GROWING UHD-4K CONTENT DEMAND WITH MAJOR EVS TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT Posted: 01/02/2019
GRAVITY MEDIA GROUP MEETS GROWING UHD-4K CONTENT DEMAND WITH MAJOR EVS TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT
Gravity Media Group is set to upgrade its entire fleet of EVS XT servers to run the latest Multicam 16.00 operating system. This deal includes the update of multiple units to XT-VIA live production servers, adding to one of the largest arsenals of EVS servers in the world. The owner of worldwide production and broadcast services specialists Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast and Input Media, will also deploy the latest versions of the IPDirector and XTAccess live tools.
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New digital clips service generates 46 million online views, while 32 live broadcast feeds are delivered worldwide Posted: 10/01/2019
New digital clips service generates 46 million online views, while 32 live broadcast feeds are delivered worldwide

London-based sports production specialists Input Media captured and delivered complete coverage of The Emirates FA Cup third round for the first time, with all 32 matches made available as world feeds for The FA’s international rights-holders and a new digital clips service racking up 46 million views on social media.

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Barry Revels appointed Business Development Director at Gravity Media Group Posted: 10/01/2019
Barry Revels appointed Business Development Director at Gravity Media Group

Gravity Media Group (GMG), the owner of worldwide production and broadcast services specialists Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast and Input Media, has appointed Barry Revels as its Business Development Director. Based at its Watford, UK, headquarters, Barry will spend much of his time on the road, meeting with customers and assessing new markets that could benefit from Gravity Media’s wide range of innovative production services.

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Gearhouse Broadcast USA appoints Jeff Hallman as Director of Sales and Operations Posted: 05/09/2018
Gearhouse Broadcast USA appoints Jeff Hallman as Director of Sales and Operations
Gearhouse Broadcast USA, the Gravity Media-owned supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, has appointed Jeff Hallman as its Director of Sales and Operations, East Coast. The respected advanced broadcast media system design specialist will oversee Gearhouse’s East Coast operations from its Charlotte, NC office as well as be responsible for business growth in the area.
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Gravity Media expands into APAC with appointment of Masa Kato in key business development role Posted: 19/04/2018
Gravity Media expands into APAC with appointment of Masa Kato in key business development role
Gravity Media Group, the global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, has appointed Masahiko (Masa) Kata as its director of business development for the APAC region. He will be based in Tokyo, Japan. This is a new role that has been created to help bring Gravity Media’s extensive range of services and innovative approach to live and as live production to the Asia-Pacific market. Masa joins from Hitachi Kokusai Electronic, where he has worked since 1981 and was most recently corporate officer and general manager of its Video and Communications Systems Business Unit, where responsibilities included overseeing its global sales strategy.
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Spidercam GmbH and Gravity Media Group announce strategic partnership in North America Posted: 11/04/2018
Spidercam GmbH and Gravity Media Group announce strategic partnership in North America

Spidercam, the world leading cable camera system owner and Gravity Media Group, the global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, have today announced a new strategic partnership to accelerate growth in the adoption, service and support of the Spidercam system in the USA and Canada. This agreement, which was finalised at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, builds upon the existing successful strategic partnership in Australia and New Zealand that has been in existence since 2015.

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Verizon Digital Media Services to exclusively power Gravity Point TVs all-new virtual reality hub Posted: 09/05/2017
Verizon Digital Media Services to exclusively power Gravity Point TVs all-new virtual reality hub
Verizon Digital Media Services today announced that it has been selected by Gravity Point TV, a leader in the worldwide virtual reality (VR) services space, to exclusively power the all-new VR viewing hub, Gravity Point VR. Already a user of Verizon's Uplynk Video Streaming service, Gravity Point TV will now also utilize the Edgecast Content Delivery Network (CDN) to ensure that Gravity Point VR content creators, publishers and providers -- in sectors from video entertainment and gaming to retail and distance learning -- can distribute quality content at scale and ensure a seamless viewer experience. 
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