Hutten named director of services.

5.1 Production Services, a division of 5.1 Entertainment Group, is expanding operations to New York City, Billboard.biz has exclusively learned. The company has appointed Tom Hutten to the new position of New York director of services.

5.1 Production Services president Bob Michaels said in a statement that the move is a result of increasing business and a desire to to work with East Coast-based labels and artists.

"During the past several years, the creative abilities of our company have allowed us to produce music DVD releases from some of the biggest music performers in the world," he said. "At the moment, we are in conversations with other major artists to either produce or record their upcoming projects, with new deals expected to be announced soon."

Hutten, who launched Bionic Mastering in 2001, will report to L.A.-based Michaels. He also worked as product manager on a number of projects for Metropolis DVD including The Rolling Stones' "Four Flicks" and the Grammy-nominated Nappy Roots' "The World According to Nappy."