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Aric Ackerman Takes Center Stage as CEO of the L.A. Studios/Margarita Mix.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The L.A. Studios, Inc. announced today that Aric Ackerman has been hired to serve as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Ackerman, 39, will report to the Board of Directors and be responsible for the overall management and growth of the company's LA Studios and Margarita Mix audio post production facilities. Ackerman will be based in the company's studios in Universal City, and will also oversee the Hollywood and Santa Monica based studios. Former CEO, Jesse Meli, will continue with the company as President Emeritus, consulting on business development opportunities.

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Prior to joining the L.A. Studios, Ackerman served as the Chief Operating Officer for global media corporation, @radical.media. While there, the company realized extensive growth, which included the launch of the popular Video On Demand (VOD) automotive destination channel, driverTV.

Ackerman joins a nationally and internationally branded company whose diverse client base encompasses the most successful and creative brands in motion picture animation, consumer home entertainment products, advertising, television and videogames. The client list includes iconic brands such as DreamWorks, Disney, Paramount, Electronic Arts, ESPN, Lucas Arts, MTV and SONY, plus leading advertising agencies TBWA\Chiat\Day, Campbell Mithun, and Ogilvy & Mather.

"I am thrilled to be entrusted with the mission to lead a company with such an accomplished history," comments Ackerman. "We will continue to deliver world class audio services to support our clients' creative visions." Ackerman plans to capitalize on the company's industry reputation for audio excellence, while also expanding into emerging entertainment markets. After graduating with honors from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Ackerman completed a graduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. He started his entertainment industry career in the management consulting practice at Price-Waterhouse and presently serves on the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans Board of Directors.

About The L.A. Studios, Inc.

The L.A. Studios, Inc. is the parent company of L.A. Studios, Margarita Mix Hollywood, and Margarita Mix and is the largest employee-owned audio post-production company in the country.

The company is considered one of the preeminent sources for audio post by the entertainment, advertising and multi-media communities. Recent credits include the films Shrek 2, Madagascar, The Covenant, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, and The Wild plus DVD Bonus features for Little Miss Sunshine, Mission Impossible 3, Nacho Libre, Invincible, An Inconvenient Truth, and The DaVinci Code.

Additional completed projects include: commercials for Acura, BMW, Buick, ESPN, GMC, Honda, Kia, McDonalds, NFL and SONY; music videos for Busta Rhymes, Black Eyed Peas, and 50 Cent. Other recording credits include the television shows King of the Hill, American Dragon, Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force, Kim Possible, and China Revealed. The company also worked on The MTV Movie Awards 2006, ESPY Awards 2006 and video games including "Star Wars: Empire at War," "Call of Duty 3," "Guild Wars Nightfall," and "Def Jam Icon."

CONTACT: Alexandra Henry, alex.henry@lastudios.com, or Geoff Nathanson, geoff.nathanson@lastudios.com, both of L.A. Studios Inc., +1-323-962-6565
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