ES Broadcast Hire announces opening of first US office in Orlando

ES Broadcast Hire announces opening of first US office in Orlando

Leading European broadcast rental provider ES Broadcast Hire has opened its first office in the US. Bob Hawkanson joins the company as Senior Vice President to head up the office

Broadcast rental specialist boasts one of largest 4K fleets in the world

Located in Orlando, Florida, the office will house a dedicated dry hire fleet of Sony and Grass Valley cameras, lenses – including Canon’s new UJ111x8.3Band UJ122x8.2B 4K field lenses – grip and other equipment. US clients will also be able to access ES Broadcast Hire’s global 4K and HD fleet – one of the world’s largest – including 140 Sony HDC-4300 camera channels, as well as Grass Valley channels, EVS replay servers and a full array of Canon and Fujinon UHD lenses.

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It brings the company’s number of rental locations in Europe and North America to seven, following the opening of an office in Rome earlier this year.

“This office will allow us to station a dedicated dry hire fleet in the US, rather than serving the market from our European rental stock,” explained Warren Taggart, Managing Director of ES Broadcast Hire. “Our experience in operating multiple European locations has shown us that maintaining a local inventory of equipment gives us the capacity to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of our clients.

“This office will allow us to station a dedicated dry hire fleet in the US, rather than serving the market from our European rental stock,” explained Warren Taggart, Managing Director of ES Broadcast Hire. “Our experience in operating multiple European locations has shown us that maintaining a local inventory of equipment gives us the capacity to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of our clients.

“Of course, our US clients will also have access to what is one of the world’s largest 4K rental fleets – so we can offer full scalability with high-end production value for large-scale events.”

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Welcoming Bob Hawkanson as Senior Vice President, Taggart added: “I am delighted that Bob, with his extensive experience in sports production, has agreed to lead our Orlando office. He is someone we know well from our existing work in the US, and is well-equipped to drive further success at what is an exciting time of expansion for ES Broadcast Hire.”

Hawkanson joins the company from rental house VER, bringing with him a wide range of experience in the OB and live sports market in the US, in both sales and technical operational roles. He has previously provided services for an array of market-leading clients such as NFL Network, ESPN, Fox Sports and the Tennis Channel.

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Highlighting ES Broadcast Hire’s track record of pioneering investment in cutting-edge broadcast technology, Hawkanson said: “I am excited to be leading ES Broadcast Hire’s latest regional office as the company looks to grow its North American business. As with our European offices, we have significant investment plans to grow and tailor our equipment offering to the specific needs of the US live sports market, and I am looking forward to driving these development plans.”

ES Broadcast Hire has established a reputation as a leading provider of UHD broadcast technology in Europe and worldwide, amassing a formidable array of live sports credits along the way. These include the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia, the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London, UK, the 2017 UEFA Champions’ League Final in Cardiff, UK, and the Autumn Internationals rugby matches, also in London, UK.

  • ES Broadcast Hire’s Orlando office is open now. Interested parties should call Bob Hawkanson on +1 407-242-3333, email usbookings@esbroadcasthire.com or visit esbroadcasthire.com

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About ES Broadcast

ES Broadcast specialises in service provision to the broadcast, TV production and film production industries.

Equipment Hire

The company’s rental arm, ES Broadcast Hire, is a leading provider of dry-hire live production equipment, with a product portfolio that boasts the largest rental fleet of Sony HDC-4300 4K broadcast cameras in Europe, amongst market-leading equipment from manufacturers including Sony, Grass Valley, Canon, Fujinon and Vinten.

Equipment Sales

The company is an international reseller of both new and used professional broadcast and production equipment, and is an approved dealer for Sony, Grass Valley, ARRI, Canon, NewTek, JVC and many other leading manufacturers.

Vehicle Brokerage

ES Broadcast also specialises in the procurement and sale of used Outside Broadcast vehicles, and has sourced more than 25 OB trucks for the UK and European broadcast industry in the last six years.

Systems Integration and Project Solutions

ES Broadcast provides systems integration services and has completed multiple projects including studios, fly-packs, OB trucks and large-scale corporate video installations.  Our Project Solutions arm has provided large-scale, temporary ENG kits for a number of major global sporting events.

Facilities decommissioning and equipment disposal

ES Broadcast provides a professional decommissioning and disposal service, simplifying the process of facilities upgrades, releasing any residual value of obsolete technology, and ensuring adherence to environmental regulations governing equipment disposal.

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