March 21, 2006 08:00 ET

Landmark Digital Services Announces Key Staff Positions

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2006 -- Landmark Digital Services(SM), LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. performing rights organization BMI, has announced that David De Busk, Darren Briggs and Dorian Yoanidis were appointed as Vice Presidents-Business Development, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer and Vice President & Controller, respectively. All three were key members of BMI's management team and will continue to report to BMI Senior Vice President Bob Barone. They will be based in Landmark's newly acquired office space at One American Center in Nashville, along with approximately two dozen new staff members.

Launched in August 2005, Landmark was formed to own, deploy and market BMI's new digital audio recognition technology, called BlueArrow(SM). This technology, which was acquired from UK-based Shazam Entertainment, Ltd., uses pattern recognition to identify performances from any source containing audio, including radio, television and the Internet. It achieves extraordinary accuracy, even in high-noise environments, after detecting audio for as little as one to two seconds.

The BlueArrow technology is the core of a new system that will augment BMI's current music performance measurement with additional performance data. Landmark will also develop future technologies that can be integrated into BMI's royalty distribution systems.

With over 25 years of experience in the Nashville music industry, De Busk was most recently Assistant Vice President, Strategic Development. He holds a B.B.A. degree in Music Industry from Belmont University.

Briggs was most recently Senior Director, Strategic Development. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Mathematics.

Yoanidis is a CPA who has over 15 years of finance and accounting experience and was most recently Senior Director of Financial Planning & Business Control Solutions at BMI. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

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Now celebrating more than 65 years in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of approximately 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

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