Henninger Media Services Combines Arlington and DC Operations

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Henninger Media Services (“HMS”), a market leader in production and post-production for more than 26 years, announced today that it has decided not to renew the lease of its boutique post facility in Washington, D.C., which ends in 2010. The Company will instead be expanding its operations at its flagship Arlington facility. Five D.C. staff members will move to Arlington as part of this consolidation, which will occur gradually over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition for its clients and staff.

“We expect to increase our personnel by 20-25% in 2010 to manage an expected spike in political spot work…and almost all of this will come in the form of freelancers and vendor partnerships.”

Henninger Media Services (“HMS”), a market leader in production and post-production for more than 26 years, announced today that it has decided not to renew the lease of its boutique post facility in Washington, D.C., which ends in 2010. The Company will instead be expanding its operations at its flagship Arlington facility. Five D.C. staff members will move to Arlington as part of this consolidation, which will occur gradually over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition for its clients and staff.

Robert Henninger, the President and Owner of HMS, asserted that “this was an extremely difficult decision, since 1150 Post has been a key part of our Company’s success since it opened in 1996. However, the multiple-facility model no longer fits in with our long-term strategic vision.” Located across the street from National Geographic, 1150 Post began as a joint venture with one of HMS’ top clients. The Company expects most of the work previously done in D.C. to make its way to Arlington.

HMS has successfully grown a number of its service offerings in 2009 despite the economic downturn, including marked increases in National Archives film to High Definition transfers, government & corporate turnkey production services, and standard/format conversion jobs. The Company anticipates that its other core post production services of editing, audio mixing, color correction, graphics, and DVD will increase dramatically in 2010 with the mid-term political elections.

Combining resources into a single facility increases the Company’s ability to handle large-scale and complex projects, while significantly lowering overall operating costs and capital expenditure requirements. This will also allow it to compete more effectively in what has become a challenging pricing environment this year. The move aligns with HMS’ strategy of managing its internal staffing costs by partnering with various third-party vendors during their busy times of year, rather than add to their headcount. Eric Hansen, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, added that “we expect to increase our personnel by 20-25% in 2010 to manage an expected spike in political spot work…and almost all of this will come in the form of freelancers and vendor partnerships.”

Henninger Media Services
HMS specializes in a full range of interactive and high-definition services, including original script-to-screen production, video editing, compositing, color correction, film transfer, quality control, and duplication; as well as surround sound audio, motion graphics, design, and DVD. HMS has served broadcast, corporate and government clients for over 26 years in Arlington, VA. Information on HMS can be obtained by calling Eric Hansen at 703-908-4225 or by email at ehansen@henninger.com. Further information is available online at http://www.henninger.com.

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