As we head into the final weekend, Gravity Media, the global provider of complex live creative production and media services, is proud to have returned to New York to facilitate the broadcast of the 142nd consecutive edition of the prestigious US Open tennis tournament for another successful year.
This renewed partnership underscores Gravity Media’s commitment to delivering world-class sports entertainment to millions of viewers across the world. Building on the success of previous years, the Gravity Media team is delighted to continue bringing the thrilling action and unparalleled excitement of the US Open to households and sports enthusiasts.
Getting everything rigged and ready for the first day’s play required a full Gravity Media crew of over 150 skillful individuals arriving on site in early August, installing and testing the core Host Broadcast Facilities, whilst working closely with an abundance of vendors to ensure successful delivery of the tournament. On site at peak periods, Gravity Media deployed over 70 talented technical crew members plus an additional 81 expert production and technical crew to facilitate coverage.
Across the tournament, Gravity Media is responsible for providing extensive coverage of the entire US Open Tennis Championship, ensuring fans won’t miss a moment of the action, from the exciting early-round matches to the thrilling finals. Gravity Media’s dedication to providing comprehensive coverage and top-notch analysis of this iconic tournament remains unwavering.
Gravity Media has successfully facilitated the Host, Domestic and International production facilities as well as the unilateral facilities.
The technical set up on site involved the Gravity Media team setting up five Production Control rooms for the host linear courts production with four associated Audio Control rooms, one PCR & ACR for Domestic Production, one multi-transmission control room for international, 14 ViBox Production Desks for outer court production and two associated Audio Control Rooms. In addition to this, the team deployed a full EVS VIA server and infrastructure, with over 30 Servers, 15+ XTAs and 20+ IP Directors as well as three online Avid Symphony Edits, seven “Lite” Media Composers Edits and 2 After Effects stations plus three voice-over booths and three announce booths. All in all over 170 cameras across Gravity clients.
Embracing the latest technological advancements, this year’s broadcast of the US Open Tennis Championship featured state-of-the-art technical innovations that elevated the viewer experience to new heights including Ashe produced in UHD with Dolby Atmos and full EVS Via Server rollout and associated upgrade to XHub Via and Xsquare VIA Suite of tools.
The coverage from the 2023 US Open Tennis Championship is poised to set new standards in sports entertainment as Gravity Media’s Specialty Cameras were also in use. Introducing a range of cutting-edge technological innovations, promising an even more immersive and engaging experience for viewers, the team deployed NetCams across three course, three “Towel Cams” – mini PTZ cameras on Ashe, 11 MRMC AFC 100’s, 32 “Special Cams” around the grounds and on the courts, RF Gimbal Cameras and 10 RF Cameras capturing site wide coverage.
John Williams, Gravity Media’s Director – Media Services & Facilities commented:
“Gravity Media is proud to be a part of this iconic sporting event for yet another year, showcasing the world’s best tennis players as they compete for glory on the grand stage. We are truly dedicated to capturing the essence of this tournament and bringing it to the homes of millions of fans, making it an unforgettable experience for all. This year’s US Open offers a platform to showcase the versatility and depth of our services, demonstrating the remarkable synergy that unfolds when we unite as a team.”
Ed Tischler, Gravity Media’s Managing Director stated:
“The US Open provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the flexibility and depth of our services, and how we can really make the magic happen when we all join forces and come together. As a premier global provider of sophisticated live broadcast facilities, the annual US Open presents an exceptional occasion for us to harness our collective expertise and resources to capture, shape, and produce compelling content that ignites passion and exhilaration. The outstanding coverage thus far reflects the dedication and teamwork of every crew member who has collaborated seamlessly to bolster the unilateral facilities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has played a vital role in this endeavour.”
Stay tuned as Gravity Media brings viewers all the unmissable moments from this weekend’s final matches.