BIRMINGHAM, AL — Media systems integrator, MediaMerge, announced Monday, August 8, 2005, that it has entered into a multi-year agreement to provide technical support for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s IMAX Dome Theater in Chicago, IL.
MediaMerge, in cooperation with the IMAX Corporation, will be responsible for providing preventative maintenance and technical support for the theater’s world-class sound and projection systems.
Under the agreement MediaMerge provides a technician to meet the requirements of the IMAX Service Partnership Program. In this arrangement the theater operates as usual, and MediaMerge provides 24-hour phone support, preventative maintenance and emergency service visits. The theater still has a service agreement directly with IMAX, while MediaMerge provides the labor at a significant savings. IMAX provides all replacement parts, phone support and limited on-site service.
The Museum of Science and Industry has played host to more than 160 million guests since it opened in 1933. It has been voted one of the Top 12 destinations nationally by Family Fun Magazine, and it was also hailed as one of the best museums in the world by Life Magazine. MediaMerge is excited about its new partnership with the museum.
“We are pleased to add the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry to our list of IMAX theater clients. MediaMerge is continuing to expand its commitment to providing quality service at a significant savings to the IMAX theater network,” said Doug Jackson of MediaMerge, Vice-President of Technical Services.
The Museum of Science and Industry marks the ninth theater signed by MediaMerge to-date. It is the fifth IMAX dome theater signed by the company. With this newest deal announced, MediaMerge has strengthened its position as the largest third-party IMAX servicing agent in the world.
Tim Ogletree and Ken McKibben founded MediaMerge Inc., in February 2001. Their purpose for starting the company was to provide design, installation, service and support for audio, video, control, acoustics and theatrical lighting systems. The two met while working at Birmingham-based Sonics Associates where Ogletree worked as a system designer and McKibben worked as a service technician for North America.
The company’s customer base consists primarily of houses of worship and other facilities utilizing media systems to deliver high-impact audio and visual presentations. Since its inception, MediaMerge has grown at a steady pace and currently has a client list that includes churches in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.