McAtee Promoted to President, COO of IMS Productions

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 -- Buddy McAtee has been promoted to president, chief operating officer and executive producer of IMS Productions, effective immediately.

The board of directors of the Hulman-George companies voted to promote McAtee at a recent meeting.

"Buddy McAtee has demonstrated his leadership and ability by taking IMS Productions to a new level of excellence, both in its production of races and in other areas such as documentary production and new media," Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George said. "He certainly deserves this recognition for what he and his team have accomplished."

IMS Productions, based in Indianapolis, is a full-service video production company, specializing in live sports and event programming. The company's personnel and machinery have produced nationally televised sports events for every national broadcast and cable network.

McAtee moves to his new position after serving as vice president and executive producer of IMS Productions since December 2002. His latest promotion at IMS Productions is the highlight of a 20-year career with the Hulman-George companies.

"This is surely the highlight of my career, and I have appreciated the support of the Hulman-George family and my co-workers," McAtee said. "I have been privileged to participate in the creation and production of great events and programs with very talented, dedicated people.

"It has been a thrill every single day I have been here at the family of IMSC companies, and I look forward to even more exciting developments in many areas."

McAtee has been employed by the IMS group of companies since 1987, when he joined Wabash Valley Broadcasting. He joined IMS in 1998 to sell sponsorships and oversee television production.

IMS Productions has won numerous awards under McAtee's guidance The most recent award came in November 2006 from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, which named "Heart to Heart" the Best Documentary (Short) among its Grand Festival Award category, the top award category at the event.

"Heart to Heart" is a one-hour documentary written and produced by IMS Productions that chronicled the story of Bailey Hunsberger, a then-12-year-old girl from Indianapolis who suffers from various heart defects.

IMS Productions also has won numerous Telly Awards for its top-quality video production awards during McAtee's tenure, including six of the prestigious awards in 2005. The Telly Awards have honored outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, and video and film productions, since 1978.

Other projects for which McAtee has been responsible are the "Road to Indy" series, "Pit Pass" and "U.S. Grand Prix View" series, all broadcast on network television, and overseeing production of all races at IMS and in the Indy Racing League.

McAtee's background includes network and local television duties in news, sales, promotion, production and management. He is a 1978 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in telecommunications and forensic studies.

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