Salam Media Cast (SMC) has opened a new London office; the first of a number of planned new international offices. Salam Media Cast UK is headed by Niels Thomas (pictured), formerly head of sales for North Europe at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. Based in Doha, Qatar, SMC has over 35 years experience in systems integration in the Gulf region, serving movie studios, network operators and TV channels and networks – such as Al Jazeera, MTV and CNBC. “SMC’s expansion into Europe will enable the company to engage more thoroughly with its international customers by providing much closer cooperation and ensuring tighter control of project timelines and costs,” Thomas said. “SMC has always been a client-focused company and I am looking forward to helping our valued customers achieve their goals and ambitions through a thorough understanding of their objectives so that we can create the best solutions for their needs.” In 2010, SMC joined GSSG Holdings as part of its Media Group, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. More recently, the company has been expanding its team by acquiring local and international talent and diversifying its activities to reflect the technological changes that are taking place within the broadcast and media industries. It is also introducing new services such as Salam Media Cast Support, designed to help customers deal with their day to day maintenance requirements and simplify the management of multi-vendor hardware and software to ensure that systems operate at peak performance. “SMC is changing,” said CEO Paul Hennessy. “We are acquiring world class skills and capabilities to provide a genuine distinction amongst our peers in the industry. SMC’s vision is to be the leading international media systems integrator and we are achieving this by building meaningful relationships with our customers that are based on in-depth knowledge of their technical and business requirements.” www.salammediacast.com
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