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There’s a new kid on the block right at the epicentre of British broadcast

ne of the beauties of broadcast has been the evolutionary process of production facilities and studios over the years. As time marches on,

on-premises and distributed remote production workflows. BROADCAST’S BIRTHPLACE Located in White City, The Westworks site can be found where many would consider the home of UK TV. At the location of the original BBC Television Centre, the area exists today as a bustling broadcasting hive of studios and production facilities. “The production centre is a remote facility that combines eight galleries with up to 12 edit suites,” introduces head of SI at Gravity Media, Paul Sykes. “We’ve also built two studios in there, with some EVS areas and six voice-over booths. “The main purpose of building the centre was to facilitate two key clients – one of which is Formula E. We have a Formula E race in São Paulo this weekend, which consists of up to 90 incoming feeds entering the facility, paired with 40 outgoing feeds. We’ve then got connectivity in and around that of all the Metronet suppliers like Globecast and BT.” Though the initial focus is to benefit those two key clients, the future of the facility is looking bright. With plans to build out and aggregate a wider network of customers, the area aims to provide all-important remote production capabilities that so many productions find themselves desperately outsourcing for. “What we are finding now is clients are coming to us and saying, ‘we don’t want the cost of flying lots of people around the world, and so we want to introduce remote production into our

THE EXPANSE Gravity Media is harnessing the growth trend in production facilities

the industry has seen a steep upward track of growth when it comes to these facilities, with particularly remarkable developments over the past decade, matching up with huge innovations in technology. As we enter the post-pandemic production era, an influx of turnkey developments in premises have started to emerge. This is no less true for a new London-based, next- generation production centre going by facilities, the new centre flung open its doors this year, serving as a creative and technology-leading media hub. An amalgamation of production, the name of The Westworks. The latest of Gravity Media’s post-production and live studios; the 30,000 sq ft facility boasts best-in- class technology to support both

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