WWE, Ascent Expand Deal To Include HD Fiber Links

Ascent Media has expanded its relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment to include providing it with HD-capable fiber optic links and more space, officials said Wednesday.

Under the new agreements, the WWE will be using dedicated studio space at Ascent Media’s Harbor Plaza facility in Stamford, Conn., for the creation of wraparound elements included in WWE syndicated programming packages.

In addition, Ascent Media is providing new HD-capable fiber optic links between the new studio space and the existing WWE studio in Harbor Plaza, and to the WWE technical facility elsewhere in Stamford.

“Because of the varied nature of our programming, it’s important that we have access to the highest-quality, most reliable production environment,” Steven Lazas, the WWE’s vice president of broadcast operations, said in a statement. “Our relationship with Ascent Media has continued to expand because of their proven ability to deliver the technical skills and the breadth of resources we need to grow our business.”

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Ascent Media Group is a subsidiary of Discovery Holding, and it provides creative and technical media services to the media and entertainment industries.