UEFA re-ups deal with Gravity Media for major club competition Matchnight Services
Gravity Media has just signed a brand new three-year deal to produce Matchnight Services for UEFA across their major club competitions: the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. The deal includes highlights programming, digital content, commentaries, and a live instant highlights show for all UEFA’s rights holding broadcasters. It marks the continuation of a partnership that begun with the first season of UEFA Champions League football in 1992/93.
This new agreement brings with it a major increase in production services, on Thursday nights in particular where Gravity Media’s production centre plays host to more than 120 editorial and technical staff, including 32 commentators delivering world feed commentary to broadcasters around the world.
To accommodate the increased demands on these matchnights, Gravity Media’s London Production Centre has been re-designed to include a new and extended multi-functional suite, which houses the VT operation and monitoring obligations on match nights, as well as additional commentary booths and galleries.
Nick Symes, director of technology for Gravity Media, says the expansion of the Europa Conference League and the increased requirement for fast turnaround production facilities and workflows meant new operational areas needed to offer a flexible suite of tools to enable production teams to deliver the complex set of requirements for delivery of a bolstered UEFA matchnight operation.
“The new facility occupies a newly refitted room and is equipped with flexible monitoring positions, dedicated talkback all integrated into high specification technical furniture,” he says.
Gravity Media Director of Production and Content for EMEA Frank Callaghan says Gravity is delighted to continue its relationship with UEFA for a further three years.
“To be trusted with such a major contract is testament to our production and technical teams’ continued ability to deliver huge volumes of valuable content to a very high and consistent level,” he adds.