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Linear Acoustic Expands Sales Support Team »

Linear Acoustic, digital television loudness control and upmixing solutions expert, appointed three new field applications engineer positions to manage territories across the US. The new team will be responsible for developing, supporting, and managing direct accounts in their individual regions.
All positions will report directly to Christina Carroll, who has been promoted from her role as the company’s director of operations to vice president of sales and marketing. Additionally, to further strengthen the team, Don Cardone has been promoted to Linear Acoustic’s director of business development for North, South, and Central Americas and Mexico.
Heading up the West Coast operations for Linear Acoustic is Lon Neumann, who brings over 20 years of industry experience to his new role. He comes to Linear Acoustic from Enders & Associates, where he served as an independent manufacturers’ representative for 25 HDTV broadcast lines. Previously, Neumann was the western manager of field operations for Sony’s Super Audio CD Project, where he successfully prepared more than 100 albums for world-class artists and producers, winning engineering credits for two Grammy Award-nominated albums. Prior to working with Sony, Neumann served as production sound engineer at Warner Bros. Pictures, where he was responsible for production sound installations for hit episodic TV shows like “Murphy Brown” and “Designing Women”.
Also joining Linear Acoustic as the Midwest field engineer is Hal Buttermore, who brings more than 30 years of broadcast engineering experience including major facility design and construction, studio systems installation, and transmitter and antenna project design and management. Buttermore has held positions as director of engineering for Cap Cities/ABC/Disney, Detroit and market engineering manager at CBS, where he managed the construction of digital studios and the rollout of new technologies such as streaming, multicasting, and the conversion of six stations to HD transmission. 
Linear Acoustic also has brought on Roger Cucci as the company’s new East Coast field applications engineer. Cucci has more than 25 years of experience in television production, studio operations, facility design, and systems integration. He comes to Linear Acoustic from Music Choice, where he served as the company’s chief engineer and was responsible for setting audio, video, and editing standards for VOD content in addition to establishing a digital archive for the company’s media assets. Prior to Music Choice, Cucci was a technical manager at NBC for 12 years.   

Riedel Appoints Rick Fisher »

Riedel Communications, developer of advanced digital intercom technology, appointed Rick Fisher (58), Telex Sales Manager for more than 20 years, to its US team on 1 January as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast and Midwest regions. 
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures and distributes sophisticated intercom, fibre and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation providing radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fibre-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 180 people located within 8 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America.
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Ross Switches Mills to Marcomms »

Ross Video has announced the appointment of Jan Mills, as Director, Marketing Communications. Jan enters his new position after 31 years with Ross, spending the last 10 years as Media Marketing Manager.
“This promotion recognizes the significant impact that Jan has made over the past 31 years with Ross. Jan has been instrumental in building and promoting our brand and communicating the innovation and integrity that it stands for.” said Jeff Moore, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Ross is unique in the amount of marketing that we create in house. Jan is the one that has cultivated and driven the creative team of individuals who make it all happen for us.”
“Ross Video is in my veins,” said Jan Mills. “Everyone should know about the quality of products and services that this company has to offer.In my new role as Director, Marketing Communications, I look forward to further flying the “Ross” flag.”
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Lader a Leader for Vitec Government »

Twenty-five year microwave industry veteran Nathan Lader has been appointed as the new vice president of Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) Programs for RF Systems, a new Vitec division formed uniting the Nucomm and RF Central companies and sales teams. In his new position, Lader oversees and conducts the business development, sales and marketing efforts for the MAG division.
“My plan as new vice president of the MAG Programs is to build awareness regarding the many products RF Extreme has to offer for the government, aerospace and military markets,” says Lader.  “I’m honored to be part of RF Systems’ mission to broaden its reach among MAG customers and in educating the market/the industry about the solutions our products can provide.”
“Nathan is a fine addition to The Vitec Group RF Systems team,” says Stephen Shpock, president of The Vitec Group RF Systems. “His 25 years of combined business and electronic communication experience will be an asset to The Vitec Group RF Systems division.  Through his guidance, we will have the opportunity to reinforce our commitment to serving our military, aerospace and government customers.”
Prior to his current role at RF Systems, Lader served as a marketing and contract administrator with Hughes Aircraft Company where he managed budgets, projects and participated in technical and cost articles for government and military customers. He was also responsible for programs relating to the F-14 AWG-9 Radar, AMRAAM Missile and Phoenix AIM54C Missile Guidance Systems. 
Advancing into sales of RF/microwave  components and systems for M. Lader Co., Lader continued to pursue business development of customers involved in military and commercial communication systems, which led to sustained sales above US$3 Million per year.  
In 1998, Nathan transitioned into a new position as director of sales/general manager of  M. Lader Co., leading a sales force of 10 engineers and three inside support personnel to a record sales volume of $36M.  He proceeded to move forward in the development of new business opportunities for M. Lader Co., while exercising the usual and customary oversight in regards to budgetary, financial and administrative matters within the company.
Evolving into system level sales and business development in 2007, Lader was regional business development manager for L3 Communications, Telemetry and RF Products division. He oversaw and coordinated marketing, sales and proposal efforts in the northeastern United States and Canada regions. His customer base included Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, DOD, NAVY, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, and Orbital Sciences.  He worked closely with product line marketing managers to promote RF/Microwave and Data Acquisition products for telemetry and control applications. 
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Shevlot, Davis Sales for Utah Scientific »

Utah Scientific has announced the appointment of Rob Shevlot as regional sales manager for the central United States and eastern Canada and Troy Davis as regional sales manager for the southeastern United States. Each will be responsible for expanding sales with new and existing customers and developing the dealer network in his respective region.
Shevlot joins Utah Scientific from da Vinci, where he served as vice president of global sales. Previously, he was director of global sales for JDSU’s Digital Video IP Specialist Group and director of sales for Enseo, a leading provider of digital media engines for multichannel MPEG video playback. Shevlot was also director of sales for Vela, a manufacturer of broadcast-quality SD and HD MPEG video encoders and decoders. At Utah Scientific, he will manage sales for Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and upstate New York, as well as five provinces in eastern Canada.
Davis has served with Utah Scientific for more than 15 years, and he moves into his new role after managing sales for the central U.S. He began his career in the broadcast industry more than 20 years ago as a technician for Utah Scientific, where he also served as inside sales engineer and product manager. After serving as regional sales manager for Frontline/Vela for five years, Davis returned to Utah Scientific in 2003 in the central U.S. sales manager role. He received Utah’s salesperson of the year award in 2004 and 2006, and again in 2008. In his new position, Davis will cover North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.
“Both Rob and Troy will be huge assets as we continue to serve and expand our growing customer bases in the southeast and central United States,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “Rob brings a rich and varied background in broadcast media and a proven track record for building strategic relationships, expanding into new markets, and recruiting high-performance salespeople. Troy’s deep knowledge of our products and how they integrate into all types of video facilities, including broadcast, government, production, and post production, will give us a powerful presence in the Southeast.”   
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NDS Appoints New VP and General Manager of North American Sales »

NDS has appointed Jesper Knutsson as vice president and general manager of sales for NDS Americas.

Prior to this appointment, Knutsson was NDS vice president, Interactive TV, based in Denmark where the company’s interactive division is headquartered. In this role, he worked closely on the development of innovative interactive TV applications for QVC and interactive games such as the Golf LaunchPad/XTV Experience and branded content for major broadcasters such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Knutsson will continue to oversee NDS Denmark and continue to serve as a member of the NDS Executive Committee.

In his new position, Knutsson will be responsible for the overall sales strategy for NDS in the U.S. and Canada. His experience in the industry will play a key role in developing sales strategies, implementing new business initiatives and helping customers capitalise on emerging interactive TV applications.

“Jesper brings extensive knowledge of interactive television content, development and implementation to the U.S. market which is only just beginning to see the real promise of interactivity in pay-TV viewing,” said David Nabozny, senior vice president and chief sales officer.

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New Appointments at Ross Video »

Ross Video has promoted its former national sales manager and key accounts manager Steve Romain to the dual roles of key accounts, program manager and business development manager, sports. As key accounts, program manager, he will work directly with U.S. and Canadian networks, program providers, and owned and operated TV stations. In his new role as business development manager, sports Romain’s responsibilities will include developing and implementing sales, marketing and support programs aimed at end users, stadium and mobile television stakeholders. He will also work with Ross’ regional sales managers to develop strategic alliances and enhance customer relationships.

“Steve’s extensive experience in the sports broadcast industry and understanding of the customers needs allows us to further develop exceptional customer solutions in these key markets,” said Darren Budrow, Ross Video’s director of sales.

The company also announced that it has appointed Scott Bowditch, as national sales manager for Canada. Bowditch, a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, has been with the company for five years, serving as regional sales manager for Central Canada. Prior to joining Ross, he ran his own consulting and project management firm, T-Cubed Technology Integration. He also spent many years with Azcar Technologies as a project manager and business development manager.

“We are thrilled that Scott has advanced to the position of National Sales Manager for Canada,” said Budrow. “He has been an integral part of our Canadian sales force, working closely with our key clients and partners to strengthen our relationships in our home market. Scott’s knowledge and extensive experience in the broadcast industry will be a great asset in leading our Canadian sales team.”

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Digital Domain Names Cliff Plumer CEO, Promotes Kevin Weston to CFO »

L.A.-based digital production studio Digital Domain has named Cliff Plumer as its new CEO, and promoted Kevin Weston to CFO. Former CEO Mark Miller remains company president.

The appointments reflect Digital Domain’s focus on its core business – visual effects for feature films and commercial production, and strategic development of its efforts in games and animation.

Plumer, responsible for Digital Domain’s overall strategy and all aspects of its business, joined the company in 2006 as chief technology officer following a ten-year tenure with ILM and Lucasfilm. He has more than twenty years of experience in digital entertainment and media technology.

CFO Kevin Weston oversees finance and accounting. He joined Digital Domain in 2008 as general manager, Games. He is a former LucasArts VP, the previous CFO and senior vice president at Eidos Interactive Inc., US, held senior roles in KPMG’s London Entertainment practice, and has consulted for leading games and entertainment companies. In addition to his CFO duties Weston will work with Plumer to develop the company’s long-term expansion into the games market.

As president, Miller is driving the company’s feature film visual effects business. Ed Ulbrich, president, Commercials Division and executive VP of Production, continues to oversee its advertising business and executive produce key feature film projects.

Director Michael Bay, co-chair of Digital Domain’s board of directors said, “Digital Domain has always delivered impressive work, but with Cliff and Mark at the helm, our company is certain to grow as a frontrunner among the best in the visual effects industry. Our goal is not only to produce cutting-edge effects but to create an atmosphere where the best and the brightest come to develop their talents, design innovative techniques and craft ground-breaking effects for every one of our entertainment and advertising projects.”

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Dulmage Arrives at Bitcentral »

Bitcentral, Inc., a leading provider of news production, archiving and distribution solutions to television stations, has announced that Patrick Dulmage, a 16-year production, technical and management veteran at CNN/Turner Broadcasting, has joined the company as Customer Support Manager.
Dulmage brings an array of talents and a wealth of experience from multiple positions and specialties across Turner Broadcasting and CNN’s family of networks. He reports directly to Fred Fourcher, president and CEO of Bitcentral, and will primarily take charge of implementing critical processes and procedures for dramatically enhanced customer support programs. In addition, he will be responsible for the company’s internal information technology infrastructure and support system.
“Bitcentral already enjoys a phenomenal record of ensuring smooth and seamless operations at stations converting to Bitcentral digital newsroom, archiving and distribution technologies in every part of the stations’ ecosystems,” said Fred Fourcher, president and CEO of Bitcentral. “Mr. Dulmage brings a unique and unmatched perspective in customer support challenges, coming from a world-leading broadcast company in Turner Broadcasting/CNN. His professional knowledge of the technical challenges faced by the most complex broadcast environments will absolutely ensure that our support programs will be second to none in the broadcast industry – well beyond the digital transition periods and into the future.”
Dulmage began his career in production at CNN Headline News and then moved to CNN International.  Mr. Dulmage played a pivotal role in launching the CNN.com global webpage. Afterwards he continued with crucial leadership positions within the technical infrastructure of the Turner Broadcasting group – most recently supervising the technical call center and help desk for CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN International and all other associated networks.
“Bitcentral has been known as a leader in digital newsroom solutions, and coming from a similar leadership position at CNN, I plan to inject a unique perspective and understanding of the industry from within the world’s premier broadcast company,” added Dulmage. “Coming from a production background, I certainly understand the time constraints of a customer. I know what an on-air issue actually means to someone living in the production world. I bring that knowledge with me, as well as an executive perspective from my educational background in business.”
A 1996 Georgia State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism, Dulmage also received a Masters of Business Administration from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State. 
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SAMMA Systems Adds Two to Roster »

SAMMA Systems, an expert in media migration, has added two industry veterans to its ranks of executives. Mark Gray, SAMMA Systems’ president has announced that Nick Lim has joined as VP, international sales, and Josef Marc will serve as director of partner integration.
Gray attributes the staff’s expansion to the Company’s substantial growth. “Our sales have exceeded our expectations in all areas, whether it be our large-scale SAMMA Robots, or our new compact SAMMA Solos,” Gray confirmed. “We now find ourselves in the enviable position of increasing our staff substantially in less than one-year’s time to keep pace with demand.”
Nick Lim, SAMMA Systems’ new vice president, international sales, has thirty years experience in the sales and marketing of advanced technologies including several senior level management positions in television, video and digital film production. Prior to joining SAMMA, Lim served as vice president and practice area manager for Gartner Consulting, and as vp of sales and marketing for Aegis Broadband. Lim holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University.
Josef Marc, newly named director of partner integration, manages SAMMA’s partner relationships as well as customer interfaces with the Company’s products.  Marc was previously lead systems architect for many of Ascent Media Systems & Technology Services (S&TS) high profile projects, provided consulting services to Sony on interactive television and rich media Web services and was CTO of a regional telephone company. A current member of SMPTE, Marc’s career began as a musician and music producer.
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