Gravity Media welcomes two new senior hires

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• Steve Kruger joins from ITV while Pete Newton is promoted within the business

Gravity Media continues to expand its senior team by announcing the key appointment of Steve Kruger as the new executive director – technology and the promotion of Pete Newton to the new role as executive director – media services & facilities.

Kruger joins the production company from ITV Studios Entertainment where he was head of technology. In his new role, he will be based in the UK, heading up Gravity Media’s technical function across the global operation.

Kruger’s recent career highlights include designing and overseeing the implantation of the remote outside broadcast and post facilities for ITV’s Love Island during challenging Covid conditions.

Prior to ITV, Kruger worked at BBC Studios – Post Production, Cutting Edge Post UK and Cutting Edge Australia where he provided a varied skillset encompassing OB, studios and post-production.

On his appointment, Kruger said: “Technology underpins everything that Gravity Media does and ensures the company remains at the forefront of production, post-production and creative solutions.

“Working closely with John Newton, Eamonn Dowdall, Pete Newton, Steve Norris, and the rest of our extremely talented team, my new role will ensure Gravity Media can continue to deliver the best service and technical support to every client and project globally. I am extremely proud to be joining Gravity Media at such a pivotal time for the company as it continues its global expansion.”

Over the past 23 years Kruger has worked on some of the UK’s most ambitious TV productions across various genres: Reality (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Hell’s Kitchen, Love Island), Sport (London Olympics) and delivered live TV from some very unusual locations (Saturday Night Takeaway live from a cruise ship, I’m a Celebrity US in Costa Rica, Survival of the fittest in remote South Africa).

Pete Newton

Newton’s new expanded Gravity Media role of executive director – media services & facilities means he will now be responsible for focusing on the operational business growth, working towards the strategic expansion of all global business units supported by all assets.

Newton said: “Gravity Media continues to invest in the latest new technology assets to serve our international clients and projects. In my new role as executive director of media services & facilities at Gravity Media, I will be leading the global technical strategy including the acquisition of assets and managing our manufacturing partnerships, ensuring all of our product requirements are met.

“Harnessing all technology internationally ensures we continue to develop the most improved systems and workflows to serve our ever-broadening client needs, as well as promoting our end-to-end solutions and brand values across the group.”

Having worked with Gravity Media since he joined Gearhouse Broadcast in the UK, back in October 1998 – Newton has been head of projects engineering in the UK before being appointed as technical manager in January 2016 and later technical director in Jan 2018.

A year later he was appointed to his role as technical & operations director of the company.

Top image: Steve Kruger

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