HD Studio Complex Build In London For World’s Largest Religious Network

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THE CUSTOMER

Launched in 1973, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) began as a single television station broadcasting a few hours of Christian programming daily to Los Angeles viewers. Today, it operates  more than 30 networks globally, which run 24/7.

THE PROJECT

In 2015, religious network TBN sought to transform a 32,000 sq ft former cinema in Willesden Green, North West London, into a multi-level HD studio complex.

Once complete, the ambitious project would allow the network to deliver localised Christian content to UK audiences via multiple platforms including SKY, Freesat & Freeview.

TBN opted to rely on leading broadcast solutions provider Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – to design, supply and install the three-level production facility.

THE APPROACH

Gravity Media has a worldwide reputation for innovation, and is known for devising flexible, cost-effective & reliable broadcast solutions.

The team drew on its vast wealth of experience, and unrivalled access to the very latest in broadcast technologies when coming up with the best, most innovative ideas for the state-of-the-art Willesden Green studio build.

The HDTV production facilities devised, supplied and installed by Gravity Media featured three separate studio floors, along with four galleries, all of which are interchangeable.

The ground floor studio features a 200-seat auditorium, designed to host talk shows and live music. The first floor houses a studio with a green screen infinity wall, as well as the main production and audio galleries, lighting and camera control area & equipment racks. A smaller studio set and two additional galleries are located on the top floor.

In terms of kit requirements, TBN was keen for its new UK facilities to mirror those already established in the US. So, Gravity Media delivered eight Grass Valley LDK 8000 HD camera channels and a Grass Valley Karrera vision mixer, along with a Harris Platinum MX router, which incorporates audio embedding, audio de-embedding and multi-viewing into a compact box. 

Gravity Media also worked on the lighting design within the studios, alongside entertainment systems specialists Glantre Engineering.

One stand-out feature of the TBN facility is that its radio microphones work anywhere within the building – without the need to move receivers around. To achieve this, Gravity Media specialists designed and installed an intelligent RF distribution system. The system has pick-up points on each floor, and distributes the RF into multiple receivers, complete with filters, ensuring no external noise is picked up.

OUTCOME

Gravity Media worked closely with TBN throughout the entire studio build process, providing complete project consultancy, as well as supply and implementation of the entire broadcast infrastructure.

Speaking upon successful completion of the project, Richard Fleming, managing director of TBN-Europe said it was important that content originating from the London facility was on par, quality-wise, with that produced in the US.

 “It was important that we found a partner who could offer expertise on the entire project, rather than just supplying equipment, and we’re delighted with the support that Gearhouse Broadcast has been able to provide.”

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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