A media titan in need of a change
Gannett Co., Inc. is a “leading media and marketing solutions company that reaches millions of people every day through [its] digital, mobile, broadcast and print media”. This international company publishes 82 daily newspapers — including the bestselling daily paper in the United States, USA Today — 600 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and owns a network of websites in the United States and 80 websites in the United Kingdom (UK). Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 US markets.
The media giant’s headquarters are in Tysons Corner, Virginia, in an enormous, eight-year-old building. Although relatively new, Gannett’s executive team felt that the building’s original sound system was ready for an upgrade. They had Washington Professional Systems (WPS) perform a site survey and based on WPS’ recommendations, the C-level leaders made upgrading the projection systems, and integrating them into the existing systems, a priority. The headquarters’ main auditorium is a large, multifaceted space that can seat 600 people. From the auditorium’s production control room, Gannett can show IMAG (Image Magnification) displays of C-level presentations to the entire room. The auditorium is used for high-profile publishers, board meetings and for broadcasting throughout the building, and is an important part of Gannett’s internal communications infrastructure.
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Mike Gerry, general manager and video sales manager, WPS