Howard Schlieper has been named Director of the newly formed Entertainment Solutions Group, an Orlando, Florida-based unit of A.F. Associates (AFA), designed to expand the scope of core consulting, design and integration services and resources it offers to the location-based entertainment industry.

That announcement was made today by Tom Canavan, AFA president. AFA is a recognized leader in all facets of engineering, consultation services and solutions for the media industry.

"These days, the lines between broadcast, Internet, broadband, satellite services, and entertainment - in a multitude of venues - have virtually disappeared," said Canavan. "With this new division, AFA is ready to offer our enhanced level of technical experience to theme parks, retail environments, restaurants, hotels, theaters, houses of worship, as well as sports and recreation facilities. These businesses require our types of services more and more, in order to be competitive in their media-related use of technology."

"In addition, as a Liberty Livewire Corporation (LWIRA) subsidiary, our access to a multitude of services enables us to better serve our clients with wide-ranging solutions that include post-production, Academy Award-winning sound design, music composition, satellite operations, fiber connectivity, and operation management services."

Prior to joining AFA, Schlieper served as senior vice president of Showorks Entertainment Group (formerly part of Soundelux). An industry veteran for over 18 years, Schlieper has extensive experience in the senior design and project management of a variety of audio, video, and control systems, with focused expertise in themed and specialized venues, where his clients have included Universal Studios, Hard Rock Café, and Experience Music Project.

As Director of AFA's Entertainment Solutions Group, Schlieper is responsible for developing business in this growing segment of the industry and servicing clients. He holds a B.S. in Audio Technology from American University in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

A.F. Associates, Inc. is a Liberty Livewire Networks Company. AFA, known for "Engineering the future of television," provides engineering consultation services and solutions for emerging technologies including Internet broadcasting, storage area networks, multi-channel facilities and asset management. AFA also designs, engineers and builds advanced systems for the broadcast, cable, Internet, satellite, production/post production and corporate video industries. Turnkey systems integration services include: project management, engineering, documentation, detailed design, equipment procurement, pre-wiring, installation, and commissioning. AFA maintains headquarters in Northvale, New Jersey, and operates offices in Tampa and Orlando, Florida. For further information: www.afassoc.com.