Electrosonic Acquires AME
Nov 15, 2005 3:05 PM
Electrosonic Systems has acquired Associates in Media Engineering (AME), a systems design company based in Glendale, Calif. With the acquisition, Electrosonic, an established design/build company, extends it services to include design consultation and media processing and management services.
AME’s design and studio teams are relocating to Electrosonic’s Burbank office. “AME has a very experienced, highly respected staff,” says Kyle Carpenter, CEO of the Electrosonic group. “They complement Electrosonic’s strengths and give us solid, expanded capabilities, allowing us to serve clients from the conceptual stages right through maintenance and service.”
AME founding principal Benjamin Lein, along with the entire AME staff, join Electrosonic, establishing two new divisions: Electrosonic Design—providing upper tier, turnkey design engineering services to the themed entertainment and museum and architecture disciplines, and Electrosonic Studio Services, providing digital media services, including standard and high definition compression and encoding, media management, audio encoding, and more.
“In the past, we have offered our design and AV consulting expertise primarily as part of a build package,” says Jim Bowie, general manager of Electrosonic’s North American Systems Business. “We are now formally offering design as a product and we are confident in our ability to deliver high quality design-only packages. Electrosonic will continue to offer Design/Build services to our customers and to use our engineering expertise, and our increased design capabilities in complementary ways, depending upon the needs of the customer. Because we understand the true reality of the installation environment and where the hidden costs are, our design will reflect the expertise we are known for as engineers and project managers.
“Our extensive experience in executing projects allows us to bring a wealth of knowledge to the design table,” Bowie concludes. “Our goal is to see as much of the client’s money spent on the end product experience.”
The addition of AME’s studio team gives Electrosonic video and audio processing and management services such as HD and SD compression and encoding, audio encoding, format conversion, DVD authoring, and media management and distribution, Bowie says. “We will be offering these services on both coasts, at our Burbank office and through Scharff Weisberg Media Resource Center (MRC) in New York City. But let me be clear, these services support already produced content. Electrosonic is not a content creator or producer.”
“Electrosonic is a company with a great reputation for quality and for attracting the best engineering/design talent in the industry,” Lein says. “That was very attractive to us. While Electrosonic was interested in offering more design work, we were looking to expand into the design/build end of the business. Our joining forces couldn't have come at a more opportune time."