Sony Pictures Post Production Services has completed renovations to its 229-seat Kim Novak Cinema, fitting it with a new speaker array and cinema screen, rebuilding its electrical infrastructure and remodeling its interior. The studio’s William Holden Theater will get a facelift later this year. An Anthony Quinn Theater upgrade is also planned. It will include the addition of Dolby Atmos capability.
Sony Pictures has also upgraded its Dub Stage 12, adding Atmos features, as it continues a multi-year effort to expand and update its sound facilities. “It is our responsibility to ensure our clients and talent have access to state-of-the-art sound facilities,” said Tom McCarthy, Executive Vice President, Post-Production Facilities. “We are committed to providing a creative campus and culture that helps filmmakers bring their stories to the screen the way they envision.”
The renovations were carried out under the direction of Kimberly Jimenez, Vice President of Post-Production Services, and Lane Burch, Executive Director of Post-Production Sound Engineering. The Novak theater now includes a JBL 5742 4-way screen speaker system and a Stewart cinema screen. The stage was completely rewired and its technical rooms grouped together in a single space. The interior has been refreshed with new customer workstations, furniture, lighting and flooring. The stage supports mixing in Dolby Atmos, 5.1, 7.1, Auromax, DTS-X and IMAX formats.
The refurbished Dub Stage 12 is equipped with a dual 48-fader Avid S6 console, a JBL three-way screen speaker array, a JBL cinema subwoofer, a JBL speaker system with two-way and a JBL large format cinema surround. Twelve of the 14 mixing stages in the Sony Pictures bundle now support Atmos.
Sony Pictures Post Production Services has also tapped re-recording mixers Vicki Lemar and Kenneth Kobett, who will be based at Dub Stage 12. Lemar and Kobett have been a team for four years with credits including the TV series. Riverdale, Yellow vests, roar and American Horror Story. Their first projects at Sony Pictures will be You for Netflix and Crossing for Disney+.
Lemar spent his entire 16-year sound career at Technicolor (now Formosa Group). His notable credits include Grace and Frankie, GLOW, Veronique Mars and The originals. Kobett brings over 150 television and film credits as a re-recording mixer and sound editor and is a three-time Emmy Award winner (twice for 24 and once for dinosaur planet). Eric Huezo, their longtime mixing technician, joins them at Sony Pictures Post Production Services.
“Vicki and Ken are a great fit for the team and the culture we’re building,” says Jimenez. “They are exceptional artists and they bring a wonderful temperament and enthusiasm. The camaraderie within their team is contagious, and it is evident in their work.
Lemar says she and Kobett were drawn to Sony Pictures by the breadth of its technical resources and the creative atmosphere on the ground. “It’s a beautiful environment and it feels like being on a university campus,” she observes. “I love going for walks and meeting other artists. The energy is palpable. »
“We are delighted to be here,” adds Kobett. “We love the culture and believe it will lead to new opportunities.”
One of the studio’s goals in expanding sound resources is to ensure that its mixing stages are sonically and technically compatible to provide mixers with cohesive working environments and planning flexibility. As Burch explains, “If a project is on hold and the sound team is unable to access their original stage when they return, they can switch spaces and pick up where they left off. was arrested.”
Sony Pictures Post Production Services has also expanded its customer services. “We’ve expanded our customer lounge,” says Jimenez. “It’s a comfortable and inviting space with natural light and plenty of amenities. We listened to our talent and customers and made improvements based on their recommendations. We want the people who work here to feel at home.