Gearhouse Broadcast turns on Sennheiser’s EM 6000 digital receivers for flawless audio

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Gearhouse Broadcast, a supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, has upgraded its digital radio microphones inventory with the latest EM 6000 digital receivers from Sennheiser. The new two-channel receivers support Gearhouse’s commitment to provide solutions for broadcasts of all sizes, scaling from individual units for smaller shows to multiples under Ethernet control for large-scale productions.

Whilst others celebrated the release of the EM 6000’s at its UK launch event, Gearhouse’s engineers were already using them to bring flawless audio performance to ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. In the 11th year of providing solutions to show’s live broadcasts, Gearhouse used the EM 6000’s as part of its existing workflow of microphones and in-ear monitors (IEMs) to ensure that the show’s contestants, judges and presenters could be tracked throughout the stage and backstage area at Elstree Studios.

“To maintain our track record in delivering high-quality sound from the most complex broadcasts, we are committed to being early adopters of the latest top-class technology,” said Colin Pearson, senior sound engineer at Gearhouse Broadcast. “As a long term Sennheiser customer, the EM 6000’s are compatible with our existing kit and bring the cost-effective scalable performance we need to meet even the most challenging environments”.

Unlike its predecessor, the EM 6000 gives a quality indication of the received signal, rather than just an indication of signal magnitude, which is particularly beneficial in digital systems. The EM 6000’s can also accommodate a wider range of antenna types which meets the challenge of larger shows where there are numerous radio microphone channels active, over a complex geographical site, and broad frequency range.

As well as eight EM 6000 digital radio microphone receivers, Gearhouse also purchased 16 Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless microphone systems to bolster its existing stock. Their long battery life, accurate battery life reporting, impressive audio quality and audio encryption facilities have been integral in bringing error-free sound to Gearhouse’s wireless workflow, especially where live content of a sensitive nature is involved.

“The Gearhouse team has always positioned itself ahead of the curve when it comes to offering the latest wireless audio workflows” said Simon Holley, sales director – pro audio solutions – UK & Ireland, at Sennheiser. “The EM 6000 complements Gearhouse’s existing stock to deliver error-free sound and exceptional dynamics to its varied live production schedule”.

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Gearhouse Broadcast promotes Ed Tischler to UK MD

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Gearhouse Broadcast, a supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, has promoted Ed Tischler, its head of projects, to managing director of its UK business. He replaces Kevin Moorhouse, who vacates the position in order to focus fully on his role as chief operating officer of Gravity Media Group (GMG) continuing the mission to provide outstanding technology, solutions and exceptional client support across the globe.

In the 16 years he’s worked within the broadcast facilities industry, Ed has made the transition from fulfilling a purely technical role to taking on greater commercial and leadership responsibilities. Since joining Gearhouse Broadcast in 2007, he’s worked at, and overseen high-profile international jobs including the 2014 and 2010 World Cups, Euro 2016, 2012 and 2008, Rio 2016, London 2012 and the ATP 1000 Tour tennis. As well as working closely with customers and technology partners to ensure that jobs are delivered successfully, and on budget, he’s overseen considerable growth within the projects business.

Ed will report directly to Kevin and the Gravity Media Group management team, with a remit to continue the impressive performance that the UK arm of Gearhouse Broadcast has delivered in recent years through its projects, systems integration and equipment rental divisions. He will also remain as head of projects for the near future, to ensure consistency on upcoming jobs he’s involved with, before overseeing the appointment of a suitable replacement.

Commenting on his promotion, Ed said: “Gearhouse is among the most forward-thinking and ambitious businesses operating within the media production industry, so this is a fantastic opportunity, and one I’m genuinely excited about. In the ten years I’ve spent here, I’ve got to know the business inside out. I’ve worked closely with Kevin for many years, have an excellent relationship with him and look forward to carrying on his good work to continue delivering innovative solutions, value and expertise to our customers.”

Gravity Media Group COO Kevin Moorhouse added: “Ed has impressed us with his management style, as well as his technical, operational and industry knowledge throughout his time at Gearhouse. Personnel development is one of our key values, and Ed is a great example of someone who has continually grabbed the opportunities we have given him. He is target-driven, and has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of our business and customers, so he was the natural choice to fill the role and we anticipate a very smooth transition as he assumes control.”

Global growth

The change comes as a result of business growth which has meant that Kevin Moorhouse needs to dedicate more time to overseeing global operations at Gravity Media Group. Having secured substantial investment from TowerBrook Capital Partners to fund future expansion, GMG has focussed on enhancing its worldwide offering.

This strategy has so far included the acquisition of Input Media, one of Europe’s leading sports production companies, and the deployment of Columbus, Gearhouse’s high-end 4K mobile unit built specifically for the US live production market.

Gearhouse Broadcast will be showcasing a wide range of its services on stand 10.B39 at IBC2017 in Amsterdam between 15-19 September.

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Gearhouse Broadcast’s Event Comms Launches World First Axient Digital Radio Microphone Platform

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Gearhouse Broadcast’s Event Communications Division has scored a world first by launching the new Shure Axient Digital Radio Microphone.

Platform, a system that provides sporting bodies, production companies and large venues with unrivalled RF performance, in Australia. The system has already been adopted by the AFL for use at all of its games across the country.

To see the new Axient Digital system in use at an AFL game at Etihad Stadium go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxRJf5tXNR0

Manager – Event Communications Jason Owen explained, “Shure and their Australian dealer Jands approached us to discuss how they could further assist our already rapid growth in Australia. It began with us signing an exclusive R&D partnership which gives us direct access to their product road map and input on future feature sets and product design. At that point, having seen the success of our SportsCom custom intercom solution in the market, they also offered Gearhouse Event Comms the opportunity to become the world’s first user of their incredible Axient Digital Radio Microphone Platform.”

Shure’s Axient® Digital incorporates the most innovative wireless audio technology in the world. Engineered from the ground up for professional productions that demand flawless execution it provides an unprecedented level of signal stability and audio clarity, plus flexible hardware options, advanced connectivity, and comprehensive control. Both of Shure’s AD series and ADX series transmitters are compatible with a shared Axient Digital receiver platform and this scalable wireless system includes a ground-breaking micro-bodypack and provides incomparable sound for a wide range of applications and settings.

Owen continued, “Axient digital is perfect for sporting bodies, large venues and production companies so we immediately approached the AFL and suggested they use the system at all remaining games this year. I have long been a fan of Shure kit in the live production space, however when I saw and heard Axient Digital I knew it was a gamechanger. It really stands head and shoulders above other systems for many reasons. Its outstanding Rf performance in even the most complex, crowded environments ensures maximum stability, improved range even in high noise-floor venues. There’s also dual and quad receiver options that open the gateway to the full range of features, from high-performance RF and transparent digital audio to software control. It really is without question the best performing and most advanced system on the market today.”

Shure, Jands and Gearhouse perfected the Axient Digital system for the Australian market by working in close collaboration for several months. With Gearhouse providing the custom communications solutions, Shure the strategic technology input and Jands comprehensive product support, Gearhouse presented their radio and event comms powerhouse solution to the AFL and other sporting bodies.

Owen added, “Put simply the reason the AFL wanted our Axient Digital solution is that it is a smarter RF management solution for radio microphones and significantly improves the RF and audio performance in comparison to any other product on the market. Axient Digital also works efficiently and reliably at much lower RF levels than any other system I have ever seen. This means more reliable coverage for the product and its true diversity, quadveristy and high-density mode means more channels can operate in one space then ever before.”

Owens has already received unprecedented interest from the sportscasting market for Axient Digital. According to him it’s the system’s power, reliability and flexibility that’s generating the demand as he explained, “I have taken multiple calls from sporting bodies who want access to SportsCom as it will provide better coverage over a larger area than conventional systems which in turn means a far lower cost of ownership for them. It’s also appealing due to its more efficient use of the spectrum which means fewer dropouts and higher channel density. Production companies and large venues are also very keen to use it as it’s clear that both AD and ADX will become the world standard for touring acts simply because of the RF performance and audio quality. When you add in ADX’s bi-directional capability Axient Digital stands alone in the market in terms of flexibility and interference-free RF.”

According to Jason Owen the fact that Gearhouse Event Comms is the first company in the world to offer Axient Digital is an honour that was bestowed on the company based on their never-ending commitment to innovation as he concluded, “The Axient Digital world first came about because Shure saw what we had achieved by developing and implementing our SportsCom solution. When talking to customers they quickly saw SportsCom provides a new and innovative way for sporting bodies to deliver their match day technology and adjudication platforms. We are truly offering class-leading technology here with SportsCom now also incorporating the Axient Digital platform. In addition to all the other benefits, we will roll out ADX in early 2018 which can re-tune radio mic frequencies on the fly with no interruption to audio services.”

To arrange an appointment with Jason Owen at IBC 2017 on Gearhouse Broadcast stand 10.B39 please call Jason on +61 428 003 663 or e-mail him on jowen@gearhousebroadcast.com.au

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Gravity Media Group appoints Paul Greensmith as Chief Financial Officer

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The Gravity Media Group (GMG), which operates globally and acquires businesses serving the live broadcast sector, has appointed Paul Greensmith as its new Chief Financial Officer to oversee GMG’s growth strategy. Following recent acquisitions and investment, GMG’s current companies include industry-leading Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast and Input Media – companies trusted by the world’s most respected broadcasters, production companies and rights holders to supply technical equipment, facilities and services to capture the most watched live and near live content.

Paul has over 15 years’ experience working as a Chief Financial Officer with private equity owners across a range of sectors. Roles included positions at NetNames, Alliance Medical Group and The Priory Group. Paul also spent seven years at ITV, where his variety of financial and operational roles included leading ITV’s online and interactive activities.

Paul’s appointment is the next step in GMG’s commitment to global expansion after receiving significant investment from TowerBrook Capital Partners in September 2016. The strategy is to grow the business organically and also via strategic acquisitions and by continually supporting clients with the very best services globally.

“Paul has a wealth of experience in growing organisations across diverse sectors including media, healthcare and technology, all with great commercial success” said John Newton, CEO of Gravity Media Group. “His substantial commercial and strategic experience will greatly enhance GMG and our plans for continued growth.”

Commenting on his appointment Paul said: “Joining John and the team in the next phase of Gravity Media’s development is a challenge I’m looking forward to undertaking. Having worked in the television industry and also within private equity owners for many years, I’m excited to bring my experience on board to develop a strong growth strategy.”

GMG’s Gearhouse Broadcast will be exhibiting its global service for broadcasters, content creators and rights owners on stand 10.B39 at IBC2017, the world’s leading media, entertainment and technology show that takes place at RAI Amsterdam between 15-19 September 2017.

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Gearhouse Broadcast France expands with major technology investment

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Gearhouse Broadcast France, a supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, has announced a multi-million Euro investment in the latest broadcast technology to support its expanding business. In response to evolving client needs, the business has added to its inventory new wireless camera systems, camera channels, 4K lenses and servers, tripods and mounts.

On the back of its quality of service, competitiveness in the market and accessibility of its services and people, Gearhouse Broadcast France has seen substantial growth in the region. This technology investment will allow it to continue providing the highest-quality equipment rental services, wireless camera facilities and flyaway production workflows across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“We are now regularly providing a wide scope of services for productions that are aimed at both traditional and online distribution,” said Romain Lheureux, Commercial Director at Gearhouse Broadcast France. “These productions increasingly originate in 1080p 60Hz, so we’re aligning our equipment stock and systems to reflect these requirements”.

The investment includes Sony HDC-1700s, the multi-format portable camera system that delivers superb image quality and can easily upgraded to 4K. It also comprises Vislink’s L1700, a customisable transmitter suitable for an array of broadcast deployments. The company has also updated its arsenal of 4K lenses from UHD innovator Fujinon and taken delivery of new tripods and heads from high-end camera support provider Cartoni.

Finally, multiple EVS XT3 live production servers in the ChannelMAX 4K configuration will allow clients to ingest more camera channels during live productions. The purchase furthers Gearhouse’s long-standing relationship with EVS, with its parent company Gravity Media Group striking a multi-million-dollar deal with the manufacturer last year.

The expanded stock of equipment is available now for rental and is also being integrated into flyaway facilities delivered to customers.

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