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Margarita Mixs Jimmy Hite Nominated for AMP Award

Top mixer one of three nominees for "Spotted Excellence Award" (May 25, 2005)

The L.A. Studios, Inc., the nation's preeminent audio post-production company, announced today that chief mixer Jimmy Hite of its Margarita Mix de Santa Monica facility has been nominated for the "Spotted Excellence Award" by the The Association of Music Producers (AMP). Hite was recognized for his mix on Fallon/Minneapolis' "Interview" spot for United Airlines, which is available for viewing on the AMP Web site at

The "Spotted Excellence Award" recognizes the mixer responsible for the best TV commercial that catches the audience's attention because of its superior sound quality. The winner will be announced at the fourth annual AMP Awards for Excellence in TV Commercial Mixing, June 6 in Beverly Hills at the Mosaic Hotel. In 2002 Hite received AMP's "Mixer of the Year" award.

Hite's extensive advertising background includes work on numerous spots for companies such as Budweiser, Sony Playstation 2, DirecTV, Ford, Epson, Nissan, Energizer and Chevrolet. In 2002, he received the "Best Audio Engineer" award at the 23rd annual Telly Awards for his audio post work on EDS' highly praised "Cat Herders" Super Bowl spot. Other high profile Super Bowl spots he has worked on include ads for Honda, Budweiser,, Nissan and E*Trade.

"Jimmy has an unparalleled record in the commercial business as one of the industry's top mixers and we are thrilled that he has been nominated for the 'Spotted Excellence Award,'" said Jesse Meli, President/CEO of The L.A. Studios, Inc. "This is a great acknowledgment of the skill and artistry that Jimmy brings to all his work to make our client's commercials really stand out"

"A lot of expertise goes into making a great television commercial, and the sound mix is the critical last step," said AMP President Jan Horowitz of DHMA, a music and sound design company. "Pulling all the audio elements - the music, dialogue, voiceover and sound effects - into perfect balance supports both the visual image and the advertiser's message. That's what the very best post production mixers do, and we think they deserve recognition."

Specializing in the audio post of entertainment and commercial advertising, DVD added-value titles, video games, music videos and multimedia, Margarita Mix de Santa Monica regularly collaborates with other top companies such as Fallon, Dailey & Associates, TBWA\Chiat Day, Universal Studios Home Video and Warner Bros. The facility offers a full range of audio post services including 5.1 surround sound mixing to High Definition picture, ADR and voice over recording.

About The L.A. Studios, Inc.
The L.A. Studios, Inc. is the parent company of LA Studios, Margarita Mix Hollywood, and Margarita Mix de Santa Monica and is the largest employee-owned audio post-production company in the United States. All three locations offer the industry's most accomplished mixers and best-in-class technology.

The internationally branded company is considered one of the leading sources for audio post by the advertising, entertainment and multi-media communities. Recent credits include the films Robots, Shrek 2 and SpongeBob Squarepants The Movie, as well as the breakthrough series of 5.1 ifilms for The company also worked on the imaging for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight, and the voice recordings for the television shows Kim Possible, Lilo & Stitch, Maggie and Brandy and Mr. Whiskers.

Additionally, the company completed: commercials for Honda, Ford, Napster and Nike, music videos for Alicia Keys, The Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent and Usher, and DVD Bonus features and promos for The Passion of the Christ, Ray, Collateral and The Motorcycle Diaries.

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