Former Pac-12 Networks Senior Director will oversee the service delivery for a major studio operations project
Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors, has appointed former Pac-12 Networks Sr. Director, Content Production Laura Podolak Waddell as its new Director, Strategic Partnership Management for North America. Laura joins the team to enhance brand relationships with a focus on an ongoing studio operations project that Gravity Media is overseeing for a major media and technology brand.
After nearly a decade of local news production for radio stations in Colorado and California, Laura became part of Pac-12 Networks’ launch team in 2012. The considerable amount of broadcasting experience she gained during her time there has led her to join Gravity Media where she will bring teams across the country closer together to streamline production processes and improve content output for clients. As Laura emphasises, the role comprises everything that fascinates her about production; “compelling content, a fast-paced environment and all the unique personalities of content creators.”
Laura’s past seven years at Pac-12 Networks were focused on relationship building, enhancing communication across content teams and implementing production best practices. The biggest challenge she’s seen in the broadcasting industry over that time was engaging a young audience, finding out where the younger viewers are consuming content and what sports they’re most interested in watching to entice the next generation of fans. “Nobody can predict exactly where media consumption is going, but what we do know, is that people want to watch engaging content,” she notes.
Laura added: “With Gravity Media, I feel I’ve taken a major step in my journey. I’m grateful to be part of this successful and growing international company that has entrusted me to manage important client relationships and develop new workflows and best practices for our production teams. I’m also very pleased to be back working with Michael Harabin, who I’ve previously operated with at Pac-12 Networks.”
Michael Harabin, President of Gravity Media (USA), commented: “Having Laura on our team means we can continue to further develop and perfect our key account service delivery model. Her extensive expertise of operating in the field and passion and enthusiasm for broadcasting will be a great asset and makes her a perfect fit for Gravity Media.”
On October 31, 2019 Gravity Media Group transitioned its renowned broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment into a single brand: Gravity Media. The new brand offers content owners, creators and distributors three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilities; production & content; and equipment rental & sales. By combining its forces under one roof, it can better use its breadth and scale to offer more end-to-end solutions and drive greater value for its clients.
About Gravity Media
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. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.
Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of four well known broadcast and production houses: Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment.
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