Clear-Com Earns Two Tech Emmys for Belt Packs

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is awarding Clear-Com and product inventor, Charlie Butten, each a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award, for the creation of the Belt Pack: Distributed Amplifier Systems in Live Production.

“We are thrilled that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized Clear-Com not only as a developer of innovative intercom solutions, but as an industry leader whose products have transformed production workflows for the better many times over,” says Clear-Com President and Managing Director Matt Danilowicz. “For us, these awards demonstrate that our continual efforts to improve intercom technology over the past 40 years have not gone unnoticed, and that our work has resulted in making an essential bedrock of any professional production infrastructure.”

NATAS will present Clear-Com and Butten the awards at the 62nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards show, taking place Thursday, January 6, 2011 at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

Clear-Com’s establishment in 1968 was born out of the observation by the early founding team members, Charlie Butten and Bob Cohen, that production crew members working rock ‘n’ roll concerts and tours lacked a discrete, easily accessible means of communicating with one another. This led to the company’s first product offering, a beltpack carrying a portable party-line intercom system that was connected via standard microphone cable to other beltpacks, enabling two-way, full-duplex communications.  Clear-Com would follow up this first success with numerous innovations throughout the next 40 years.