Head of commercial sports rights at BT Sport joins as director of production and content

Steve Norris Gravity Media

Gravity Media has appointed former BT Sport executive Steve Norris as its new director of production and content.

Gravity, which owns Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment, said Norris’ appointment would help broaden the company’s global expansion across media, content, and facilities.

For the last seven years, Norris has been head of commercial sports rights at BT Sport. He was involved in the broadcaster’s multi-million pound acquisition of Premier League football rights in 2012 and also spearheaded several other high-profile deals, including for Ashes cricket, Premiership Rugby, European Rugby, FA Cup, multiple European football leagues, NBA, UFC and MotoGP.

During his career, Norris has worked alongside Gravity Media on several high-profile sporting productions including live tennis and cricket.

John Newton, CEO at Gravity Media, said: “Having someone of Steve’s calibre come on board provides a great opportunity for Gravity Media to continue our global expansion. He has already stamped a significant footprint on the global sports rights and broadcasting industry, and we’re delighted to be able to enhance our team with his expertise.”

Norris said: “The media landscape is changing dramatically, from a commercial, technological and viewer perspective. With the rise in OTT TV and the arrival into mainstream broadcasting of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and DAZN, now is the perfect time to be joining such an ambitious, dynamic and relevant company.”