GEARHOUSE BROADCAST ACQUIRES STRANGER DESIGNS
Gearhouse Broadcast has again expanded its Event Communications Division with the acquisition of leading industry RF, radio mic and IFB specialists Stranger Designs. This key acquisition now makes Gearhouse Broadcast the only company in Australia that can offer the entire end-to-end comms chain, in particular for live events, sports and reality television.
Manager — Event Communications Jason Owen explained, “Stranger Designs is a perfect fit for Gearhouse Broadcast Event Comms as they seamlessly complement our comms offering by adding new RF, radio mic and IFB solutions for clients in live events, sports and reality TV. This is what the industry has been asking for and we have now delivered it.”
Stranger Designs is headed up by well-known and respected RF comms engineer Rod Stranger who said, “I’m delighted that Stranger Designs has now been incorporated into Gearhouse Broadcast’s Event Comms Division. There are great synergies between the two companies and as a joint force we can offer a total comms package like no other company in Australia.”
Rod Stranger is someone Jason Owen speaks very highly of indeed as he continued, “It’s fair to say Rod is one of only a very small handful of RF comms engineers at this level in Australia. Along with Rod’s extensive experience our acquisition of Stranger Designs also brings with it some cutting edge comms kit which will help us expand further into both motorsport and into radio mic and IFB dry hire platforms with very latest Kenwood, Lectrosonic, Sennheiser and Shure Axient Digital platforms. In short Rod’s expertise and Stranger Designs’ inventory significantly expands our comms offering whilst adding even more depth to our high-performance team.”
The benefits to Gearhouse clients don’t end there according to Owen who added, “We will support existing audio, production and broadcast facilitators with a cost-effective means of securing both leading-edge and trusted technology solutions that meet their requirements. Stranger Designs has also been instrumental in developing motorsport accessories and solutions over many years. With access to this product range we will now expand on our offering to become Australia’s leading motorsport communications solutions provider.”
As well as motorsport Rod Stranger and Stranger Designs have worked on some of the most innovative comms solutions for productions including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Outta Here and the Byron Bay Blues Festival and this leads Owen to discuss a far clearer future for Gearhouse Event Comms.
He concluded, “With our size and scope we can now offer the complete comms package to broadcast networks and producers, event production companies, movie houses and new media companies. In motorsport alone we have comms solutions for racetracks, race teams, federations, category managers, and companies that support motorsport such as catering, security and track operations. We understand that some customers want quality and are cost-conscious and some want an uncompromising technical solution. Either way we have a solution that fits. By using our comprehensive technology and engineering package that is agile, cost effective and world class we will continue to disrupt the status quo of our competitors who often just tend to be single vendor-focused. Our acquisition of Stranger Designs is an excellent example of this in action.”