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February 28, 2006
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Tomlinson Holman To Keynote 60th Annual NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - NAB announced today that Tomlinson Holman, well known innovator in sound engineering and professor of Film Sound at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, will give the keynote address at the 60th Annual NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference in Las Vegas, April 23.

Holman will explore how broadcasters can compete in today's marketplace filled with high-quality pictures and sound. Home theater market penetration continues to grow, and with it expectations for picture and sound quality on the home front. With the release of high-definition disc formats, 1080P sets, automated room equalization, and other developments, expectations of consumers are ever increasing for high quality.

"Tom will provide expert insight into what the future holds for the electronic media industry and how broadcasters can make sure their offerings compete in our new high-definition culture," said NAB Senior Vice President, Science & Technology Lynn Claudy.

In addition to his role at USC, Holman is chief scientist at Audyssey Laboratories, developer of automated room equalization used by Denon in many receiver models. Prior to his position at USC, Holman spent 15 years at Lucasfilm Ltd. where, as corporate technical director, he developed the THX Sound System and its companions the Theater Alignment Program, Home THX, and the THX Digital Mastering program. Holman holds six U.S. patents and is a fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He has lifetime achievement awards or honorary memberships from the Cinema Audio Society, the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association, and the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

Holman is the author of three books, Sound for Film and Television, 5.1 Surround Sound Up and Running, and Sound for Digital Video, all from Focal Press. He will participate in a book signing for his newest book, Sound for Digital Video, on Monday April 24 at the NAB Store in the Central Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Broadcast Engineering Conference is produced in partnership with the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all media.

The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at


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