Two New Hires at Palace Sports and Entertainment

Rob Breitner and Barry Walton join Palace Sports and Entertainment.
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AUBURN HILLS – Rob Breitner and Barry Walton join Palace Sports and Entertainment.

Ron Breitner has joined Palace Sports & Entertainment LLC as post production technical supervisor, effective October 8, 2012.

Breitner will report directly to Dan Brown, chief engineer for PS&E. In his role, he will be responsible for providing daily technical support for Creative & Communications audio and video systems, with an emphasis on Palace-owned Avid Editing. He will also be responsible for also performing a primary media management role and training function with respect to Avid Interplay and PS&E video archives.

Most recently, Breitner was hired by contract at WJBK-TV (Fox 2) in Southfield, MI where he was responsible for technical support for the broadcast facility and installed and maintained high end communication equipment. During that time, he also was hired by Solo Flight Storage in Berkley, MI where he developed and implemented a digital asset archive solution to back up and restore their media assets.

Prior to WJBK-TV and Solo Flight Storage, Breitner was a Senior Engineer in Post Production at Postique/Grace & Wild in Southfield, MI. He was responsible for keeping facility equipment and infrastructure online to accommodate the demands of the staff and their clients. He designed and implemented a flexible yet secured client wireless network where clients could log into their databases and servers they needed to run their jobs.

Breitner brings to PS&E more than 20 years experience in the broadcast communication industry as a versatile broadcast engineer and information technologist. Prior to joining Postique/Grace & Wild, Breitner served as an Engineering Technician at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in Southfield, MI. He began his career in 1984 with Producers Color Service in Southfield, MI as a Technician.

“Ron brings an extensive experience and knowledge of technical systems and broadcasting to our organization which will help improve the effectiveness of our programming & post production staff,” said Charlie Metzger, executive vice president, chief marketing & communications officer. “He will be a great addition to the Creative & Communications team at PS&E.”

 

Barry Walton has joined Palace Sports & Entertainment LLC as producer/editor, effective October 8, 2012.

Walton will report directly to Stan Fracker, executive producer for PS&E. In his role, he will be responsible for producing, writing, editing, and shooting a variety of video content for multiple platforms of all PS&E properties. He will also be assisting with the digital marketing team to help direct digital advertising efforts.

Walton joins PS&E from NHL Network in New York, NY where he served as show editor for NHL Live and responsible for editing mixing open teases, pulling live radio calls, converting, adding graphics, font and b-roll for all NODs, WHIPs and incoming interviews. He was also responsible for capturing, pre-recording, tracking a b-roll of daily news updates while meeting daily deadlines for a live television show.

Previously, he owned/operated, and now on sabbatical from BTV Productions, a successful small production company specializing in the development of corporate videos and documentary films. Walton traveled to the Himalayas of India to film/produce the running of the highest/longest foot race in the world and edited/produced an award-winning 30-minute documentary called Profiling HURT.

Prior to BTV, he was a Field Producer for Michael Hoff Productions, where he produced 52 episodes and two seasons of the American cable television show Weird, True and Freaky for Animal Planet and a one-hour special entitled Defying Niagara for National Geographic. His work included organizing and conducting 100-plus show-specific interviews with professors, government officials and celebrities while collaborating with editors and writers under tight deadlines.

“Barry brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge of video production and editing to our organization and will help enhance the effectiveness of our programming & production staff,” said Charlie Metzger, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “He will be a great addition to the Creative & Communications team at PS&E.”

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