Gravity Media has appointed of Steve Kruger as Executive Director – Technology, whilst Pete Newton is promoted to the new role as Executive Director – Media Services and Facilities.
Steve Kruger joins Gravity Media fresh 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. Steve’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, Steve worked at BBC Studios – Post Production, Cutting Edge Post UK and Cutting Edge Australia where Steve provided a useful and varied skillset encompassing OB, studios and post-production. His creative and technical highlight projects also became award winners as he was part of the 2021 BAFTA-winning team for his work on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in Wales and was BAFTA Nominated in 2020 for the work on Love Island.
Over the past 23 years Steve 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).
In addition, his appointment will further allow Gravity Media to focus on their Gravity Media workflows and post-production techniques, bringing effective solutions to the end user, allowing us to guarantee the best technical delivery to market.
Pete Newton’s new expanded Gravity Media role of Executive Director – Media Services and 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. Working closely with Steve, together they will lead on developing all technical solutions. They will ensure that the latest in state of the art technology underpins and enables all content creators to tell their best stories.
Having worked with Gravity Media since he joined Gearhouse Broadcast in the UK, back in October 1998 – Pete 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 Pete was appointed to his role as Technical and Operations Director of Gravity Media.
Pete will be leading large, complex projects and will be targeting key clients in-line with the business strategy, developing a pipeline of opportunities to support Gravity Media’s growth. Pete will also prioritise building a strong external and internal network to promote Gravity Media’s services and the value provided.
Steve Kruger comments on joining Gravity Media in his role as Executive Director – Technology: “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.”
Pete Newton says of his newly expanded Gravity Media role as Executive Director – Media Services and Facilities: “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 and 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.”
Gravity Media’s CEO and Founder John Newton says: “Having Steve join us with his vast amount of experience, most recently in his role at ITV, is an important hire for the business. With Steve and Pete, working closely with the wider team, Gravity Media will further develop robust technical solutions whilst embracing emerging technologies, adding to our credentials of being the most innovative and forward-thinking media, production and post-production facilities company in the world.”