Gravity Media, global provider of complex live creative production and media services, is proud to announce the news that it is welcoming further senior talent as Chris Cannon has been brought on board from NEP as the new Director – Operations, EMEA.
Cannon joins the expanding, talented Gravity Media global team of over 500 people to take up the appointed role alongside Managing Director Ed Tischler as a part of the key senior leadership team further bolstering the EMEA market offering.
With over 20 years of experience working in media and technology which saw him progress through technical operations roles, into management and leadership roles, building and leading large teams to deliver state of the art technical media solutions – Cannon’s appointment sees him join from NEP where he worked since 2001.
Cannon was first promoted to Head of Vision Engineering in 2014 and then in 2016 into his previous role as NEP’s Director of Technical Operations, He has established himself as a seasoned strategic expert and leader in the industry.
In his role at NEP, he brings experience leading the Operational performance of such key high profile projects including: the royal wedding of William and Catherine as well as the Queen’s funeral broadcast for the BBC. He oversaw UK operations on the Euro’s 2020, Sky Sports Premier League, Champions League, Wimbledon Tournament and the WTA Tennis Tournament. Some of this entertainment highlights include working on high profile reality TV shows such as Love Island and The Circle.
In his new Gravity Media Director – Operations, EMEA role, Cannon will be a strategic leader with accountability for the performance of the business Assets, Logistics, Engineering Operations and Production Management teams across the EMEA regions of the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and the Middle East.
Cannon’s appointment follows other key Gravity Media talent hires and promotions including Steve Kruger joining as Executive Director – Technology who moved across fresh from ITV Studios, Pete Newton’s role as Executive Director – Media Services and Facilities, and Jamie Brewer’s promotion to Director – Media Services and Facilities
Ed Tischler – Managing Director, EMEA says of Chris’s hire: “I have known Chris for many years and his appointment is a huge win for Gravity Media. We are excited to have Chris join our expanding EMEA senior team. His wide range of operational experience, professionalism, and passion for our industry means he will support us in our continued drive for more positive change within our operational business processes. Gravity Media is client focussed and Chris in his wider role will give us invaluable support in bringing together Operations, Engineering and Production Management across the EMEA region. The higher the standard of our delivery the more creative a work space we can create for our clients allowing them to be at their very best and that remains our priority. His arrival couldn’t be any better timed with the launch of our incredible Production Centre London in the heart of Media land in White City. We also have a clear roadmap to deliver even more outside broadcast facilities and remote broadcast solutions, alongside a strong ESG policy driving our all important green credentials. Having Chris on board means we can make some serious step changes at Gravity Media.”
Chris Cannon – Gravity Media’s new Director – Operations, EMEA says of his new role: “I couldn’t be any prouder to be joining Gravity Media at this important time in the growth of the company. I believe that a highly skilled, well managed content team is crucial to business success. I will be focused on embracing and improving operational processes across the EMEA region to ensure we continue to deliver the best experience across all projects. I am passionate about being actively engaged in finding ways to identify and growing operational talent, as well as building diverse workforces. It’s going to be a very exciting chapter ahead which I relish being a part of to grow all operational practices across the EMEA regions.”