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Voice of America Names New Director of Studio and Production Operations

The Voice of America has selected Richard Frantz as its new Director of Studio and Production Operations. Frantz will lead the team responsible for all VOA television and radio studios, master controls, traffic and remote operations, its facilities around the globe, and its Washington, DC-based technical and operational staff of more than 250.

With more than 35 years of experience, Frantz is a seasoned television broadcast operations and engineering leader. He has a strong background in production, technology, infrastructure and management. His global production experience was particularly of interest to VOA, given its global reach.

“Broadcasting more than 2,000 hours of content each week to Voice of America’s worldwide audience, our Studio and Production Operations group is literally the backbone of our network,” said Acting VOA Director John Lippman. “I look forward to working with Rich in this critical role.”

Before joining VOA, Frantz was Vice President of Engineering and Operations for the remote production company F&F Productions. His other roles have included Vice President of Global Service Delivery for SES S.A., the Luxembourg-based satellite telecommunications company; head of Global Sports and Events at the media service company MX1; and Director of Operations and Engineering for both NBC/Comcast Sports and the Comcast Network. Frantz is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.