Outside Broadcast Solution & On-Site Support Courtside At WTA Championships

THE CUSTOMER

Gravity Media – then branded Input Media – is a leading UK sports production company delivering multi-platform coverage of some of the world’s most high profile sporting events.

THE PROJECT

A prestigious event on the international tennis calendar, The WTA Tour Championships are held at the conclusion of the women’s WTA Tour every season. In 2013, the tournament was held in Istanbul, Turkey. It featured three current or former World number ones, four Grand Slam champions and three Grand Slam finalists.

To provide the best possible coverage of every moment of heart-stopping action, Gravity Media – then branded Input Media – relied upon leading broadcast services specialist provider Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast –. It was the third consecutive year that Gearhouse Broadcast and Input Media had worked together on the WTA Championships.

A team of specialists was assembled and tasked with designing and implementing the high performance outside broadcast system needed to meet the demands of elite, live tennis. Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – was also contracted to provide on-site technical support during the tournament.

THE APPROACH

The Outside Broadcast (OB) solutions delivered for Gravity Media – then branded Input Media – provided flexibility, while also proving capable of handling the fast delivery and uninterrupted coverage required for live tennis.

Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Dome was equipped with ten Hitachi SK-HD 1200E camera channels, two Sony HDC-3300 Super slo-mo cameras, three EVS XT2 servers, Snell Sirius 128 router, Yamaha M7CL Audio Console and Sony MVS-6530 Vision Switcher. 

OUTCOME 

Gravity Media – then branded Input Media – delivered seamless live coverage of this prestigious event, thanks to the reliability and flexibility of the Outside Broadcast system provided.

The project benefitted from Gravity Media's – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – long standing strategic relationship with manufacturer Hitachi.

Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – has gone on to maintain a close working relationship with Input Media. The two companies have collaborated on a number of other international tennis tournaments, including the Australian Open and French Open Grand Slams.

Neil Oughton, managing director at Input Media said Gearhouse Broadcast “know what we require and how we run a production of this scale and importance”.

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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