Gravity Media opens state-of-the-art production facility in Manchester


Gravity Media, the world’s leading provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, today opened the doors to a brand new state-of-the-art production facility in Manchester.


Relocating its existing Manchester production center to one of Europe’s fastest growing tech cities will allow Gravity Media to offer a wide range of new services and support expansion into broadcast markets and post-production, establishing relationships with clients and creative opportunities outside. from London. Gravity Media’s powerful network of connected remote production centers, combined with expertise in providing turnkey solutions, will continue to offer productions a unique range of options and flexibility.

The new Gravity Media production center is located in Manchester city center in the iconic ABC buildings, which also house VERSA studios, BBC, The Farm, Sony, Quay Street Productions, LS Productions and many more.

Among recent Manchester highlights, the team helped move and set up the five-camera studio for BBC Studios in conjunction with VERSA Studios, resulting in popular daytime broadcast, BBC Morning Live. This proximity also means that Gravity Media will be able to continue to work in partnership with VERSA Studios to supply equipment, integrate systems and provide technical support.

Located on the 4th floor of the ABC Building, the 3,000 square foot space has been carefully designed to meet the high-level technical specifications required by Gravity Media to serve its broadcast clients, as well as a new base for its rental team dedicated local equipment. . The new facility will allow Gravity Media to easily leverage its extensive EMEA and global network and collaborate directly with its London production hub, enabling fully decentralized remote production workflows. The space includes three off-tube commentary booths, two Avid Media Composer editing suites connected to the editing core for a full suite of editing services, a dedicated audio control room, and two three-level multi-suite production galleries designed with the flexibility to integrate next-generation cloud-based, GPU-powered workflows including MAVIS and GVAMPP. There is also a large production office, collaboration and meeting area. The ABC Buildings also offer flexible workspace, a café/bar, an outdoor terrace, a cinema and other common areas.

Located in the heart of the city’s burgeoning technology innovation and broadcast sector, Gravity Media can also tap into the region’s huge pool of highly skilled next-generation talent through film, technology, and Media from the University of Salford.

Ed Tischler, Gravity Media – MD, EMEA, commented, “The expansion into a brand new state-of-the-art production facility is a great moment for Gravity Media. We are immensely proud of the team and the company and are excited about what the space can offer our customers.

As we plan to attract the next generation of northern broadcast talent to support our next phase of growth, we strive to continue to provide the best support for complex broadcast facilities and production departments, wherever that may be. is needed in the north of England.

Our new Gravity Media Manchester base will also be able to support customers with remote production and rental solutions for global broadcasters, production companies and live event organisers. The team can also offer specialist camera solutions, home to the latest Gravity Media innovation cameras trusted by content creators around the world, from wearable wireless cameras to dash cams for sports and POV cameras. , RF installations and helicopter links.

Manchester’s bid will also be able to use Gravity Media’s impressive Pictor OB truck – the ultra-efficient multifunctional broadcast vehicle which can house up to 16 fixed cameras and accommodate a team of eight and is designed to support both traditional cameras and remote workflows”.

Frank Callaghan, Gravity Media – Director of Production and Content, commented: “This is a really exciting time for our Manchester operation. Since opening our original premises in the North, we have worked on major projects, including the 2019 Women’s World Cup for the BBC, as well as building close relationships with football clubs such as Manchester City and Everton. Moving to the heart of the city is the next step on this journey, and we look forward to providing the region with a state-of-the-art facility to come and work in and be a part of.”

We are delighted to join the historic base of Quay Street and the vibrant media community growing there,” said Nick Symes, Gravity Media – Chief Technology Officer, “With our strong technical pedigree and well-established track record of complexity in direct, fast turnaround times and post-production workflows, we look forward to working with established and new clients to provide the innovative solutions they need.

The new Manchester-based production center follows several recent high profile hires from Gravity Media all of which bolster the company’s continued global expansion. These include: Sean Seamer as President of US Operations, Martin Turner as Executive Producer and Bruno Senna as Motorsport Ambassador.

The new site joins Gravity Media’s current global production centers in London, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.

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