Gravity Media appoints Saul Shtein new director, production and content

Gravity Media is a new company formed by Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment

Gravity Media has appointed former head of sport at Seven Network and Fox Sports Saul Shtein (pictured) as its new director, production and content in Australia.

Gravity Media is a new company with a 30-year pedigree, formed by the coming together of four broadcast and production houses – Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment.

After a run of successful productions as head of sport for the Seven Network over the past 15 years and more recently as senior producer with Mushroom Group, Shtein will be responsible for broadening Gravity Media’s expansion across production and content for its Australia-based business.

As one of Australia’s most respected television producers, Shtein has been at the forefront of the broadcast industry for over 40 years. His track record at the Seven Network includes heading up the live coverage of three Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics. He also steered the Seven Network’s award-winning AFL coverage, the Australian Open Tennis Championships and a raft of other major live events. In addition, Shtein spent almost eight years as head of sport at Fox Sports Australia, initially supervising the transformation from Premier Sports to Fox Sports Australia and then responsible for all production.

Previous to Fox Sports Shtein spent 16 years with the Nine Network. His productions included Test and ODI Cricket, Rugby League, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Wimbledon, NSW & Victorian Horse Racing, Boxing, Surfing, Wild Winter Weekend, as well as magazine and panel shows such Wide World of Sports, Sports Sunday and NRL Footy Show.

Shtein has also been intrinsically involved with live music events throughout his career. Not long after he started in television at the Nine Network, he produced the successful MTV program for two years. In 2020, for Mushroom Group, Shtein pioneered the Covid-19 era production of the acclaimed ABC-TV series The Sound along with an Anzac Day special, Music from the Home Front and Sounds Better Together both for Nine Network.

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Gravity Media CEO John Newton

John Newton, CEO, Gravity Media, commented: “Having someone of Saul’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 broadcasting industry in Australia, and we’re delighted to be able to enhance our team with his expertise.

“Saul will bring his vast experience and enthusiasm to support the exciting growth of Gravity Media both in Australia and globally. He is a perfect fit for our business, and we look forward working alongside him.”

Saul Shtein added: “The media landscape is changing dramatically, from a commercial, technological and viewer perspective. With the rise in OTT TV and the move into mainstream broadcasting of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and DAZN, now is the perfect time to be joining such an ambitious, dynamic and relevant organisation as Gravity Media.

“I have known and worked with John Newton on many major projects and I’m really excited to be working with Gravity Media’s Senior Leadership Team help develop and grow the business in all markets, from sport and media to news and entertainment.”

See also: The Sound – Michael Gudinski & Saul Shtein’s new primetime project

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