The new company hopes to change the competitive landscape for mid-level event live production facilities.
Looking to become a major player in mid-level live sports and entertainment production, production services company Live Media Group Holdings has acquired the assets of established production companies TNDV: Television, Harb Production Services and Coastal Media Group.
The three companies now join Live Mobile Group, an owned and operated division of Live Media Group Holdings, to create a new production company with 18 mid-sized production hybrid units and additional standalone smaller production uplink trucks. The company said the acquisitions solidify its status as a mid-level, full-service live production facilities provider.
Brad Sexton, President and CEO of Live Media Group Holdings, said the new company fills the need for a national, mid-level broadcast provider whose resources are more affordable to smaller sports networks and college sports producers. He added that “all companies will continue to operate under their current business names for the time being,” citing the strength of their brands, expert engineering execution and professional reputations.
Sexton said he hopes the new company will change the competitive landscape for mid-level event live production facilities in a market dominated by a number of large providers and companies.
Brad Sexton, President and CEO of Live Media Group Holdings, said the new company fills the need for a national, mid-level broadcast provider.
As part of the new strategic moves, Live Media Group Holdings will retain staff, facilities and structure of all the acquired organizations. Los Angeles will serve as a west coast production and truck operation, with plans to relocate its corporate operations to TNDV’s headquarters in Nashville. The Harb Production Services facility in Knoxville, Tennessee will serve as a truck operations and integration facility.
“We have long recognized the value of strategic partnerships in the live production world and have been actively seeking complementary companies to join our team,” said Sexton.
Danny Harb, President of Harb Production Services, and his team are known for unique production units that offer the horsepower of a 53’ expando unit in a more efficient facility and footprint. Harb will join the expanded management team and sit on the Board of Directors of Live Media Group Holdings.
“By joining forces, we look forward to providing our clients with expanded services and sharing our expertise with every member of the new team,” Harb said. “Our experience integrating 1080p and 4K into our existing fleet of trucks will prove especially valuable for the combined client base.”
Nic Dugger, President of TNDV: Television, will also join the management team of Live Media Group Holdings and sit on the Board of Directors.
“We are creating a one-stop-shop of media and entertainment services for live production that will fulfill client requests for more trucks, more production equipment and more services,” said Dugger. “This brings together arguably the greatest collection of professionals and resources to form one of the industry’s most dynamic, versatile and flexible live production organizations. I’m really looking forward to this next chapter.”
Bob Adler, President of Coastal Media Group has helped power some of the largest broadcasts in the world, providing services to clients such as 24 Hours of Climate Reality, Echo Entertainment, the NFL Channel and CBS College Sports Network. The company specializes in full production services with an emphasis on transmission capabilities and data center deliverables. This includes a Network Operation Center that also provides full encoding and streaming services for many sports and entertainment partners.
“We are excited about all of these exceptional companies coming together to form one team to service our myriad of clients,” said Adler. “With the addition of all these assets and technical expertise, we will be afforded the opportunity to expand our work with our client base and service additional clients, growing our business with our 24/7 Network Operation Center.”
Founded in 2008, Live Media Group Holdings is the parent company to four businesses in the live broadcast production space. These include: Live Mobile Group, offering mid-size HD hybrid production/uplink trucks supporting client needs across multiple mediums; Live Media Group, a full-service production services company; NOC (Network Operations Center), supporting central link between production sites and the viewers’ screens; and nowlive, an interactive video experience controlled by the consumer and accessible on any screen or device.
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