Benztown to Acquire 50% of Alien Imaging as it Launches New AI FX Library
Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, announces that it has entered into an agreement with Jeff Schmidt to acquire 50% of Alien Imaging, a San Francisco, CA based sound design company and form Alien Imaging LLC.
Concurrently, Benztown announces that it will offer Alien Imaging’s new audio production package, “AI FX”, to radio stations for cash or barter. The new audio imaging package includes 300 brand new sound effects, music elements, drones, and other creative Imaging elements, and will build upon Benztown’s existing production library offerings. Benztown and Alien Imaging will provide quarterly package updates and back catalogues to affiliates.
Benztown offers the highest quality imaging workparts for 20 libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and JACK. Benztown’s industry-leading technology and proprietary web-based imaging solution, Benztown Branding, is used daily by nearly 1,200 broadcast radio stations and digital services worldwide.
Alien Imaging launched in 2002 as a boutique Radio Sound Design shop by Jeff Schmidt, an 18-year Major Market Radio Imaging Creative Director and Video Game Sound Designer. Since 2002, Jeff has created 12 Alien Imaging FX libraries containing over 4500 individual sounds. Alien Imaging libraries have been purchased by stations in every major U.S. market, as well as by hundreds of radio stations and independent production houses the world over.
Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said: “we are fired up to be partnering with Jeff. He’s an icon amongst Imaging Directors and his sound design truly is out of this world! (No pun intended). Offering Jeff’s brilliant new AI FX will be welcome news to current Benztown and Alien Imaging customers. The quality, and creativity of these 300+ new sounds, paired with Alien Imaging’s outstanding back catalogues, will enhance our existing Benztown production libraries and make stations sound incredible, regardless of format or market size.”
Alien Imaging President Jeff Schmidt said: “the Alien doesn’t speak human. He communicates only in strange and wonderful sounds we happen to find useful for Radio Imaging. On this epic partnership he said “Zzzip Visssivvv Epipipipi wap ap ap ap!” Which loosely translates to “Benztown Rules – others drool. Now hold still while I download your brain”. I am thrilled to partner with the inspiring and insanely talented people at Benztown.”