The acquisition will complement its existing OB fleet in Australia as well as its UK-based speciality cameras division.
Gravity Media has acquired Telstra Broadcast Services’ DSNG (Digital Satellite) fleet, its speciality Globecam miniature camera business, and associated radio frequency links.
The DSNG fleet is the largest in Australasia with 10 satellite uplink vehicles and three satellite flyaway uplinks. The units have enhanced uplink power and ensured resilience/duplication of critical equipment and power designed for operation from remote locations.
The Globecam specialty cameras unit is known for debuting new cameras at events, such as NetCam on all four Grand Slams in 2018 and Live JockeyCam around Australia in 2019. In 2021 it provided Onboard Live Camera solutions for Supercars Australia, in concert with Gravity Media.
The engineers transferring to Gravity Media have worked on live sport, entertainment, and events including major political symposiums, sporting tournaments and games.
Gravity CEO and founder, John Newton, said: “Enhancing Gravity Media’s broadcast services with the DSNG and Globecam businesses and teams from Telstra Broadcast Services is a logical extension of our highly regarded outside broadcast, production, studio and hire operations in Australia, Europe, the USA and around the world. Gravity Media and Telstra Broadcast Services often work side by side, so the synergies are well and truly there from the past, present and in the future.”
Andreas Eriksson, head of Telstra Broadcast Services, added: “Leading innovation in broadcast services is a value both Telstra Broadcast Services and Gravity Media share. We are pleased to have found a new home for the DSNG and Globecam businesses and will work productively with Gravity Media in the future, including for Occasional Use projects live via satellite. This will include ongoing, daily liaison between the DSNG fleet and Telstra Broadcast Services’ Broadcast Operations Centre as well as our bookings team. Together we will ensure seamless ongoing supply to our valued, multi-year, contracted DSNG clients.”
Newton concluded on the Gravity’s work on the Australian Supercars series: “Both Gravity Media and Globecam have long-established and successful relationships with Supercars Australia. Bringing them together this year has led to immediate innovations to In Car cameras for the benefit of Supercars race teams and fans. Our development roadmap for our In Car camera systems will take them beyond anything currently offered globally, putting Supercars ahead of other motor racing categories - we look forward to capturing even more exciting racing sound and vision for Supercars.”