Elektrofilm builds more in Burbank


Elektrofilm Digital Studios is doubling the size of its Burbank facility with a 10,000-square-foot addition, scheduled for completion in July.

The goal for Elektrofilm — the digital services provider that opened its Burbank facility in 2006 — is to expand its work capacity and migrate toward data workflows. The company also plans to extend its Burbank staff size from about 50 to 70, looking to hire primarily editors, colorists, graphic artists, engineers and DVD technologists.

The Burbank location serves as the flagship of the Elektrofilm family of companies, which also maintains offices in Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart in Germany as well as in London. The company is headed by CEO Robert Walston, who previously led the acquisitions and merging of postproduction, sound and related companies under the Four Media Co. umbrella, the entity that eventually became Ascent Media Group.

Elektrofilm Digital Studios president Frank Donner said that Elektrofilm has further plans to expand, by acquisition, in Paris and Los Angeles.

The Burbank expansion, he added, "really goes along with becoming a global production and postproduction facility. Our key focus is next-generation solutions, particularly migration to datacentirc workflows."

Elektrofilm recently announced a partnership with Sun Microsystems in creating a Digital Media Environment designed to allow Elektrofilm to store and efficiently manage massive amounts of digital content for its customers by combining lossless storage systems with Web-based management and delivery tools in a secure platform.

In addition to asset management, the company's services include editorial, effects, audio, duplication, encoding, restoration and DVD authoring.

"With technologies and creative solutions evolving at such a rapid pace, our Burbank facility allows us to be at the epicenter of the entertainment industry and gives us direct access to the clients who will benefit most from our technology and expertise," Donner said.

Facility leaders include Jeff Huang, vp DVD/new media and managing director; Tom Sehenuk, vp technical operations; Nick Mairose, director of engineering and technology; and Larry Bates, director of engineering.
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