Thursday, January 30, 2014

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2™” Gets State-of-the-Art Sound as Filmmakers Mix in Dolby Atmos and Auro 11.1 by Barco

CULVER CITY, Calif. – Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that it is teaming with both Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and Barco to mix The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, the highly anticipated next chapter in the story of Peter Parker, in both the Auro 11.1 system and the Dolby® Atmos™ cinema sound system, to deliver a more natural and realistic soundtrack that moves sound around and above audiences. These innovative technologies open new possibilities to enhance storytelling through sound, giving the moviegoer a more immersive, exciting and compelling experience.  The picture will be released in theaters internationally beginning April 16, 2014, and domestically on May 2, 2014.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Master of the House

Located on the lot at Hollywood Center Studios, Lurssen Mastering has provided mastering services for scores of hit records and movie soundtracks.  

Hollywood—It’s well known that Hollywood Center Studios has played host to innumerable film and television productions over the course of its long history. Few people, however, are aware that some of the most popular musical recordings of recent years—including work by such artists as Eric Clapton, T. Bone Burnett, Ben Harper, Bruno Mars, Diana Krall and Robert Plant—have also come to fruition on the lot.

Lurssen Mastering's Reuben Cohen and Gavin Lurssen

STORY Director John Komnenich Directs Award-Winning TV Series “A Piece of the Game”

New half hour series highlights the emotionally charged and phenomenally lucrative world of sports memorabilia.

America’s insatiable appetite for sports and sports memorabilia is the subject of a new, fast-paced, half-hour reality television series from producer Don DuPree, director John Komnenich and creative director Mike Waterkotte. Sponsored by Allstate, A Piece of the Game tells the stories of some of the greatest moments in the history of sports—and the collectables that capture the memories. The show recently debuted on Chicago station WGN and earned a local Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs. The producers are planning a national rollout later this year.

Monday, January 27, 2014

SIM Digital Toronto to Host Technology Showcase on January 30

The latest cameras, lenses, lighting, camera accessories, workflow technology and much more to be featured in Las Vegas-themed event.

Toronto—Some of the world’s leading manufacturers of camera systems, lenses, lighting equipment, workflow technology and other film and television production gear will be on hand as SIM Digital, along with PS Production Services and Bling Digital, hosts its SIM Technology Showcase on January 30th.  Held annually at SIM’s headquarters in Toronto, the showcase has become a can’t miss event for seasoned and emerging production professionals seeking to connect with industry experts. Exhibitors at this year’s event will include ARRI, which will be showing the ARRI AMIRA, its new documentary-style camera, for the first time in Canada. Sony will be demonstrating new workflows for its popular F55 camera system.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bling Digital to Host Panel on Post On Demand at Vancouver’s Digital Days Event

Vancouver—Emerging workflow technologies that are revolutionizing film and television post-production will be the focus of panel discussion hosted by SIM Digital’s Bling Digital unit as part of the 2nd Digital Days Conference and Expo in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Titled New World of Post is P.O.D. Based, the event will be held at 1:30 p.m. on February 1st in the theatre at the Electronic Arts Campus.  The panel will be moderated by Ken Anderson, General Manager of SIM Digital/Bling Digital, Vancouver, and feature SIM Digital/Bling Digital VP of Creative Services Chris Jacobson, Bling Digital, Vancouver, Post Services Manager Mike Ogawa, Cinematographer Michael Balfry, CFC and Digital Imaging Technician Mitch Bax.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Supports Numerous Films Screening at Sundance

NEW YORK— In a sign of its ongoing commitment to independent film, Technicolor-PostWorks, New York, provided post production services for eight films screening at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The facility delivered a variety of creative and technical services, ranging from editorial systems to color grading, for the films, which include two dramatic features, a comedy feature, three feature-length documentaries and two shorts.
Several of the films went through final post production processing at The Room, Technicolor-PostWorks’ boutique finishing facility, founded by master conforming editor Ben Murray. Technicolor-PostWorks has a long history of support for Sundance, including this year serving as an Official Technology Supplier.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brennen Dicker Joins SIM Digital Atlanta to Lead Post Operations

Atlanta—SIM Digital today announces that Brennen Dicker has joined its Atlanta office as Post Production Manager. Dicker, who previously served as Director of Post Production Sales at Crawford Media Services, arrives with broad experience in all aspects of film and television production, and deep ties to Atlanta’s production community. In his new role, he will lead SIM Atlanta’s Bling Digital unit which provides a variety of leading-edge data management, dailies processing and post production services to film and television productions. SIM Digital also maintains facilities in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Beijing.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Complete Golden Reel Nominations

Los Angeles—January 17, 2014—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards in all categories. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.

“This year’s Golden Reel nominees epitomize the craft of sound production at its best,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “We take great pride in recognizing the achievements of talented men and women who continue to inspire us with their imagination, resourceful and craft.” A complete list of nominees, with crew, will be available on the The 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards website next week.

The MPSE Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 22 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards will be held February 16, 2014 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. 

Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Jeremy Selan Receives Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for OpenColorIO from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Culver City, CA – Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) is pleased to announce that Jeremy Selan, the facility’s Imaging Supervisor, will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for his role in developing the open source color management framework OpenColorIO.
It will be the second Sci-Tech Award for Selan. Last year, he was co-recipient of an award (with SPI staff members Steve LaVietes and Brian Hall) for Katana, a computer graphics scene management and lighting software package. Sony Pictures Imageworks staff have won a total of five awards over the history of the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards.
AMPAS’s annual Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation will be held Saturday, February 15 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Simian’s Analytics Research Helps Creative Companies Work Smarter to Increase Sales.

Company’s new Info Graphic reveals best practices in building and emailing presentation reels.

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Creative companies seeking to boost sales may find that the solution lies in the subject lines of their emails.

According to new analytic research conducted by Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions, companies that email video and presentation reels to prospective clients are likely to have those emails opened when the subject lines are between 21 and 30 characters long. Emails with subject lines that are longer or shorter than that are apt to be ignored or deleted.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees for Feature Films

Los Angeles—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards in feature film categories. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented film editors and their contributions to the best films of the past year. Nominations for television, animation and computer entertainment categories will be announced on Friday, January 17th.
“2013 was a year of incredible movies—and incredible movie sound,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “Sound editors continued to advance their craft and find new and innovative ways to help filmmakers tell stories. We congratulate this year’s nominees for their outstanding work.”
The MPSE Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 22 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards will be held February 16, 2014 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chris Fagot Joins 2G Digital as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

BURBANK—2G Digital today announces that Chris Fagot has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Fagot arrives with broad experience in the post production, entertainment and technology industries, having spent the past three years as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Deluxe.

In his new role, Fagot will lead 2G Digital’s sales effort, overseeing client relations and driving new business development. His initial focus will be to develop a national sales and marketing strategy to capitalize on the film and television industry’s growing reliance on digital fulfillment, and to build 2G Digital’s brand as  a leading independent provider of those services. 2G Digital’s clients include Fox, Warner Bros., Disney, Fremantle Media, Lionsgate and Sony.
“Chris is a talented pro who brings tremendous energy, experience and enthusiasm to 2G Digital,” said Stephen Buchsbaum, 2G Digital COO. “He joins us at an auspicious time and we expect him to be a key contributor to our growth and diversification.”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hula Post Production Outfits Editorial Team for Indie Feature “Louder Than Words”

Editor Melissa Kent cuts family drama at Hula’s Tribeca West location as well as 3D dance film “Make Your Move.”
HOLLYWOOD— Hula Post Production provided editorial systems, facilities and support to editor Melissa Kent and her crew during the production of Louder Than Words, the new dramatic feature from Identity Films. Hula set up and maintained a remote editorial facility in Connecticut, where the film spent five weeks shooting, and later provided editorial facilities at its Tribeca West location in West Los Angeles.

Louder Than Words, which recently made its world premiere the 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, stars David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton, and is directed by Anthony Fabian. Based on a true story, it centers on a husband and wife who find solace, after the tragic death of their daughter, in building a world class children’s hospital. The film is produced by Anthony Mastromauro for Identity Films.

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Names Clark Henderson to Lead Burgeoning Film Unit

Highly regarded post production executive and supervisor to manage relations with studios and independent producers.
NEW YORK— Technicolor-PostWorks, New York, has appointed veteran post production executive Clark Henderson as Senior Vice President, Theatrical Services. Henderson, who will report to COO Rob DeMartin, will act as liaison to the facility’s studio and independent producer clients and oversee post production operations for theatrical motion pictures.
Henderson has worked with virtually every major movie studio and independent production company over the course of his career, primarily in key post production roles. He spent the past six years at Technicolor Creative Services, serving since 2010 as Vice President/Client Relations based in New York. As such, he collaborated with Technicolor-PostWorks on a number of feature film projects including Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Inside Llewyn Davis and Noah. Henderson managed several key accounts for Technicolor, including The Weinstein Company, and will retain those duties and relationships in his new role with Technicolor-PostWorks.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

HOAX Films Executive Producer Alexis Nelson to Speak at ACM SIGGRAPH Careers Event

Event set for January 21 in Los Angeles.
Culver City, Calif.— Alexis Nelson, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of HOAX Films, will take part in a panel discussion focused on careers in digital media in an event hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and Otis College of Art and Design. “Careers in Digital Media 2014” will feature managers and recruiters from some of the visual effects industry’s leading companies. They will offer insights into the career outlook in games, broadcast, television, film and other media, and provide the inside scoop into where the jobs are…and where they aren’t.
ACM SIGGRAPH’s Careers in Digital Media will be held on Tuesday, January 21, in the Forum of Ahmanson Hall on the campus of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MPSE Elects Board of Directors

Studio City, California –The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces results of the 2013 election of its Board of Directors. Elected to two-year terms in Executive Seats are Frank Morrone as President, Christopher Reeves as Secretary, and Ruth Adelman as Sargent at Arms. Morrone and Reeves are incumbents. They join continuing officers Mark Lanza (Vice President) and Paul Rodriguez (Treasurer).

Elected to MPSE Film Board seats are:
Steven Avila
Mike Draghi (Incumbent)
Peter Lago
Tom C. McCarthy
Glenn T. Morgan
Bernard Weiser
Mandell Winter

Monday, January 6, 2014

Editing Company Friendshop Launches in New York

Former Go Robot! editors Tim Wilson and Ben Suenaga join former Ogilvy executive producer Melissa Mapes in new boutique venture.
NEW YORK CITY—Editors Tim Wilson and Ben Suenaga have departed Go Robot!, New York, and opened a new editing company with partner and Managing Director/Executive Producer Melissa Mapes. Dubbed Friendshop!, the new venture will temporarily operate as “Artists in Residence” at Outpost Digital, New York, while permanent offices are undergoing construction.
Wilson and Suenaga had each been on staff at Go Robot! for more than a decade. Wilson’s credits include ad campaigns for HP, Exxon, UPS, Ikea and other top brands. Suenaga’s many credits include spots for IBM, Starbucks, AT&T and PowerAde. Mapes previously served as Executive Producer and Senior Partner at Ogilvy, New York, where she led American Express, UPS, IKEA and Stoli among others.
Melissa Mapes, Tim Wilson and Ben Suenaga
“We were always crazy about the idea of building our own culture, one where collaboration and a sense of community are key,” said Wilson. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented and creative minds in the industry, and we’re excited to continue doing great work with them in this kind of environment.”
Suenaga added, “Friendshop! began long ago as a typo. Then it turned into an inside joke, then a tumblr and now—finally—it’s a real company.”
For her part, Mapes said that her 15 years at Ogilvy “prepared me in a great way to handle the wily ways of the creative and demanding world of advertising.”
“Ben, Tim and I have essentially grown up together in this business, and have been relying on each other as partners since our careers began,” she added. “ We’re excited to officially join forces and take on the many opportunities and challenges ahead.”
Friendshop! can be reached via email at,, or by phone at 212-520-3150.