Pac-12 Network’s Michael Harabin appointed president of Gearhouse Broadcast USA

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Gearhouse Broadcast USA, a supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, has appointed Michael Harabin as its president. Harabin joins from Pac-12 Networks, where he has worked for the past six years, most recently as VP Production Operations. He will oversee Gearhouse Broadcast’s North American operation, which has been the focus of heavy investment over the past year, after parent company Gravity Media Group (GMG) received substantial funding from TowerBrook Capital Partners in September 2016. This has already resulted in the launch of three mobile broadcast and production units and several senior hires in the region.

Harabin arrives with over 30 years of experience in leading operational and technical media organizations in North America. Prior to joining Pac-12 Networks in 2012 as VP Engineering, Technology & Media Management, he held senior and operational positions at the Tennis Channel, RAI Corporation, DIRECTV and NBC. A member of SMPTE, SBE, SVG and NATAS, Michael has also sat on the customer advisory boards at Reach Engine and Dalet. He earned an MBA at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Discussing the appointment, Kevin Moorhouse, chief operating officer of Gravity Media Group, said: “Michael has the ideal blend of gravitas, contacts and experience of implementing new technologies to lead and further grow our US operation. He was instrumental in driving technological innovation and new highly efficient content production and publishing models for the Pac-12 Networks. Michael has extensive operational knowledge when it comes to remote production and cloud-based end-to-end solutions. I’ve been impressed by his foresight and his ability to find smart technical and production solutions will enable us to offer a wider range of services to our clients in the region.”

Harabin added: “I’m very excited to be joining such an ambitious business that provides high levels of service and innovative solutions to standing issues and new opportunities. I look forward to working alongside the talented team already in place to deliver Gearhouse’s innovative services to clients, as they work to generate measurable efficiencies and optimize return on investments.”

Over the past 12 months, Gearhouse Broadcast USA has deployed Columbus, its 4K mobile unit, and two multi-purpose mobile production units; Skye and Iona. It has also announced several key appointments including sales and business development manager Adrina Madatyan and senior sales manager Stan Leshner.

GEARHOUSE BROADCAST HAS BECOME GRAVITY MEDIA

On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

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.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.


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