LTN Global Acquires DTAGS to Boost 4K Transmission, Remote Production Portfolio
In a major deal on the broadcast transmission front, LTN Global has acquired DTAGS, which has been an early pioneer in 4K remote production and broadcast transmission for major events in recent years. DTAGS solutions and video equipment rental services will integrate into the LTN production portfolio to create a combined offering of on-site and remote production solutions, including 4K production and distribution, closed captioning services, standards conversion, advertising insertion, and graphics insertion.
DTAGS a has played a pivotal role in delivering major events, including Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft, as well as innovative solutions, including America’s Got Talent’s virtual audience. LTN’s next major 4K transmission and production project will be daily live coverage of The French Open from Roland-Garros.
DTAGS President Mike Burk joins the LTN Global management team bringing a slate of Tier 1 customers, including Fox Sports, DIRECTV, and the NFL Network. DTAGS customer Bruce Goldfeder, VP Broadcast Engineering, NFL Media, says: “Mike Burk is a go-to in the broadcast industry who takes complete ownership of mission-critical projects.”
Mike Burk’s accolades include multiple Sports Emmy nominations and the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award for MLB Network Showcase 4K/HD Dualcast. DTAGS customer John Ward, EVP and CTO, inDEMAND, said: “Mike Burk and DTAGS provided a strong engineering presence in the field for our 4K efforts at DIRECTV/AT&T, laying the groundwork with what would become a Technical Achievement Emmy in 2016. Mike’s preparation for all things at an event is unprecedented in this industry.”
“The DTAGS acquisition is the latest initiative in LTN’s continued commitment to providing customers with cutting-edge solutions that enable the ultimate viewer experiences,” added Malik Khan, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LTN Global. “DTAGS’ track record of flawless delivery, always-on customer service, and innovative solutions to some of the world’s largest media companies aligns with LTN operations and values. I am delighted to welcome Mike Burk and his team to the LTN family.”
DTAGS will continue to operate out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and, in 2021, DTAGS’ 4K remote production will migrate to LTN’s centralized production facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike Burk will continue to lead DTAGS in addition to LTN’s on-site and remote production services.
“I am excited by the opportunities I see for both sets of customers to utilize an expanded pool of capabilities, technologies, and personnel to meet their specific needs,” says Mike Burk, Co-General Manager, LTN. “With the increased demand for remote production support to bring high-profile live events to the screen, being part of the LTN Ecosystem will extend existing DTAGS customer operations and strengthen the production standards both companies are renowned for.”