Gravity Media Opens New Production Center In Manchester, UK
Gravity Media, a global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, has opened the doors to a brand new, state-of-the-art production center in Manchester, U.K.
The company said relocation of its existing Manchester Production Center in one of the fastest growing tech cities in Europe, will allow it to offer “a wide range of new services and will underpin expansion across broadcast and post-production markets, building client relationships and creative opportunities outside of London. The powerful network of connected Gravity Media remote Production Centres, coupled with expertise delivering turnkey solutions will continue to offer productions a unique range of options and flexibility.”
The new Gravity Media Production Centre is located in Manchester city center in the iconic ABC Buildings, which is also home to VERSA studios, BBC, The Farm, Sony, Quay Street Productions, LS Productions and many more.
Recent Manchester work highlights included the team helping to relocate and set up the five-camera studio for BBC Studios working in collaboration with VERSA Studios which enabled the broadcast of popular daytime show, BBC Morning Live. Being in such close proximity will also mean Gravity Media can continue to work in partnership with VERSA Studios to supply equipment, integrate systems and provide engineering support, the company said.
Situated on the 4th floor of the ABC building, the 3,000 square-foot space has been designed to meet the technical specifications needed by Gravity Media to service its broadcast clients, as well as a new base for its dedicated local equipment rental team. The new facility will mean Gravity Media can draw on its EMEA and global network and collaborate directly with its London Production Center, enabling completely decentralized remote production workflows.
The space boasts three off-tube commentary booths, two Avid Media Composer edit suites connected to the edit core for a full suite of edit services, a dedicated audio control room and two multi-suite, three-tier production galleries designed with the flexibility to integrate next generation cloud-based, GPU-powered workflows including the likes of MAVIS and GVAMPP. There is also a large production office, collaboration and meeting area. The ABC Buildings also offers a flexible workspace, café / bar, outdoor terrace, cinema and other communal areas.
The new Manchester base will also be able to support clients with remote production and rental solutions for global broadcasters, production companies and live event organizers. The team can also offer specialist camera solutions, housing the latest Gravity Media innovation cameras used by content creators around the world, from handheld wireless cameras and in-sport on-boards, through to POV cameras, RF facilities and helicopter links.
The Manchester offering will also be able to use the Gravity Media’s OB truck, Pictor, a multi-functional broadcast vehicle that can fit up to 16 fixed cameras and seat a crew of eight and is designed to support both traditional and remote workflows.
The new location joins Gravity Media’s current global production centers in London, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.