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 one hundred 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. Buttermore is currently traveling the Midwestern states as part of Linear Acoustic's DTV Audio Myth Busters Tour, educating broadcasters on how to make the upcoming 2009 digital transition easy, effective, and cost efficient.
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. There Cucci worked on television programs like "Saturday Night Live," where he helped the show make the transition to HDTV, "Nightly News With Tom Brokaw," "NBC Sports," which included Super Bowl XXXII, The AFC Championships and the NBA Finals, as well as "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which won him a Technical Emmy® Award in 2000-2001. Cucci also has held positions as technical manager for the FOX News Channel, production manager for "A Current Affair," and operations manager for the FX Cable Channel.
"Mr. Buttermore, Mr. Neumann, and Mr. Cucci are tremendous additions to the Linear Acoustic team," said Christina Carroll, vice president of sales and marketing for Linear Acoustic. "Keeping in mind the approaching DTV transition, Linear Acoustic is poised for significant growth as it leads the way in handling all key aspects of audio processing. By fortifying our sales support team with industry veterans who bring more than 70 years of combined experience, we are well positioned to best serve our discerning customers across the U.S."
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About Linear Acoustic
Linear Acoustic, a Telos company, is the leading authority in loudness control and upmixing solutions for digital television. The company designs and manufactures the AERO range of audio processing solutions, StreamStacker-HD™, and MetaMAX™ line of products and licenses key technologies to OEM partners. Linear Acoustic has been involved worldwide in projects with all major U.S. terrestrial networks, multiple local stations, and companies including Dolby® Laboratories, Sirius Satellite Radio, Microsoft, HBO, Viacom (Showtime, MTV, etc.), Disney (ABC, ESPN), Sony Studios, and others. The company is also actively involved in the ATSC and other industry organizations, is a member of the AES and IEEE, and is a sustaining member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Linear Acoustic is also proud to have provided its UPMAX:neo™ 5.1-channel upmixer for NBC's coverage of the Beijing Summer Games. More information is available at www.linearacoustic.com.