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Lon Bender And Wylie Stateman Re-Up With Ascent Media

Robert C. Rosenthal assumes role of Chief Operating Officer for AMG sound companies (December 08, 2005)

Ascent Media Group (AMG) announced today that audio post-production veterans Lon Bender and Wylie Stateman have agreed to extend their stay with the company and broaden their creative roles. Bender, an Academy Award winner, currently serves as President of the companys Creative Sound Services Group, while also working as a Supervising Sound Editor on a number of motion picture projects under AMGs Soundelux banner. Bender expressed a desire to focus more time and energy with his clients on creative endeavors. As a result, AMG created the position of Chief Creative Officer for Bender, which he will assume at the beginning of next year.

?I am very happy with the direction the company has taken and proud of all that we have accomplished over the last five years. However, my professional passion lies in contributing creatively to the filmmaking process. I care deeply for the art of sound and working as a team with my friends and co-workers here at AMG. Being afforded the ability to renew my focus on designing soundtracks and doing it within the community that is AMG, whether in Los Angeles, New York or London, thrills me to no end, said Bender.

Wylie Stateman will continue in his current capacities as Executive Vice President of the Creative Sound Services group and as a Supervising Sound Editor, continuing to build AMGs relationships within the creative community.

?Ascent Media represents creative talent in a most unique way, providing the entertainment community with a family of boutique service groups that are capable of delivering creative excellence in global entertainment, said Stateman. ?Im delighted to be able to continue our mission to further this effort and provide an unparalleled palette of innovative creative support to the post-production community.

?As co-founders of Soundelux, Lon and Wylie have helped to shape their industry. They are both formidable creative forces whose expertise is in high demand, and we are proud that they will continue to play vital roles in Ascent Medias Creative Services Group, said Ken Williams, President and CEO of AMG. ?Working with Lon as the President of Creative Sound Services has been a great experience. His leadership has reinvigorated Todd-AO and established Soundelux as an editorial force in the UK. We understand and respect Lons desire to focus completely on creating outstanding sound for movies.

AMG is also pleased to announce that Robert C. Rosenthal will be assuming the post of Chief Operating Officer for its award-winning sound companies; including Soundelux, Todd-AO, Modern Music, and Sound One. Rosenthal joined the company in 1999 and has served in a number of senior management roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Creative Sound Services. Rosenthal will report to Bob Solomon, President of the Ascent Media Creative Services Group, which also includes such post-production facilities as Company 3, Encore Hollywood, Level 3 Post, and R!OT.

?Bob Rosenthal is a talented and respected executive who has played a crucial role in the success of our sound services group. He has made invaluable contributions and has worked with us to build a stable of world-class creative talent and to establish the Soundelux brand in the UK, said Bender. ?I am so pleased that he will be assuming this role.

These managerial moves signal a merging of Ascent Medias creative services companies for picture and sound, which include some of the industrys strongest brands and most desirable creative talent. ?It is our goal to create a seamless, end-to-end solution for our feature clients, said Rosenthal. ?We are pioneering a new world of digital workflows, and Im looking forward to working with Bob Solomon to integrate our full range of services across the creative post-production chain. Our clients are working in new and exciting ways, and we want to align all of our resources to best support them.

About Ascent Media Group
Santa Monica, California-based Ascent Media Group, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), which through its Creative Services, Media Management Services and Networks Services groups, provides creative and technical media services to the media and entertainment industries. Through more than 70 facilities in the regions of Southern California, New York, London and Singapore and at locations throughout the world, Ascent Media provides effective solutions for the creation, management and distribution of content to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and other companies that produce, own and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial and advertising content.

Ascent Media Groups family of companies includes Company 3, Encore Hollywood, Level 3 Post, R!OT, Method, Modern Music, POP Sound, Digital Symphony, Todd-AO, Soundelux and Sound One.

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