August 4, 2008
Broadcast Facilities Inc. Names Tom Mikkelsen Chief Technology Officer
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcast Facilities, Inc. (BFI), owner and operator of Andrita Media Center, the largest independent SD and HD network origination, production, post production and digital media facility on the West Coast, today announced that Tom Mikkelsen has been named Chief Technology Officer. In this position, Mr. Mikkelsen will oversee all engineering-related functions and lead Andrita's current multi-channel facilities expansion.
"We are thrilled to have Mr. Mikkelsen join our team," said Simon Bax, BFI's Chief Executive Officer. "He is not only a definitive expert in broadcast engineering and operations, but also a proven leader. His experience and knowledge will be crucial to ensure a smooth and seamless transition as Andrita continues to develop. We look forward to utilizing his expertise to dramatically increase our capability for streaming channels to both mobile and the Internet."Bill Tillson, BFI's President and COO commented, "I have known and worked with Tom for many years. Tom is uniquely in sync with BFI's vision of designing, building and operating a file based multi-channel facility that can provide seamless network origination and file transfer of all of our client's media to all of the broadcast markets available to them today. While this does include traditional network origination, it also includes the manipulation and movement of our client's media to VOD, wireless and internet applications throughout the world."
As his first order of business, Mr. Mikkelsen will be entrusted with Andrita's facilities expansion to meet the rapid growth of its new clients which have included MGM HD and Hallmark HD. In addition, he will spearhead the construction of a major new "live" sports control facility. This state of the art control center is being built for to accommodate America Channel's seven regional networks. It has been designed so that it can be expanded to accommodate multiple additional sports networks, either HD or SD, with dedicated facilities for each of the networks.
"I am very excited to join Andrita's state-of-the-art media facility," said Mr. Mikkelsen. "I have watched Broadcast Facilities' Andrita Media Center's rapid growth as it has become one of the industry's leading-edge facilities. I have worked with a number of individuals in Andrita's team over the years and I am proud to join Andrita as an integral part of its current expansion."
Mr. Mikkelsen comes to Broadcast Facilities from Qualcomm, where he was MediaFLO USA, Inc.'s Senior Director, Broadcast Operations. At Qualcomm he planned, developed and managed MediaFLO's broadcast operations and related infrastructure. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mikkelsen held high-level positions at the Starz Encore Group, AT&T Digital Media Center (now Comcast Media Center), and Vyvx Advertising Distribution Services.
Mikkelsen earned a BSE degree in Industrial Management from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska and holds an FCC General Class Commercial License. He is a Fellow and active with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as well as the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Society of Cable and Television Engineers (SCTE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
About Broadcast Facilities, Inc.
Broadcast Facilities, Inc. is a media services company that owns and operates Andrita Media Center, a state-of-the-art high definition studio, located in Los Angeles, that provides 24/7 HD and SD network origination, playback and satellite uplinking, as well as transcoding, encoding, VOD delivery and three SD/HD production stages, together with a full range of support facilities. For more information and a complete list of capabilities, please visit http://www.andritastudios.com/.
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