Grover Crisp upped at Sony

Will oversee restoration, preservation and mastering

Grover Crisp has been upped to senior vp, asset management, film restoration and digital mastering for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

As part of his new responsibilities, Crisp, who previously was a vp, will oversee all facets of the restoration, preservation and mastering program for the Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures feature film and TV libraries. Under Crisp, the feature and TV libraries have been consolidated into a digital mastering group in one department to improve efficiency and consistency of the digital production and restoration process.

"Grover has always looked at innovative ways to improve the quality of what we preserve and how to make it accessible for the future," said Jeff Hargleroad, executive vp of corporate operations, to whom Crisp reports. "He has worked diligently to effectively manage the challenges presented in the new world of digital production and the issues related to preservation and restoration of the company's assets. This is an especially important talent as we move to release more titles on Blu-ray Disc, where the quality of filmed images is of paramount importance."

Crisp is a strong advocate of working directly with filmmakers in the restoration of their movies, and has worked with directors, such as Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker and Dennis Hopper; cinematographers, including the late Conrad L. Hall and Laszlo Kovacs; and special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen.

A 25-year industry veteran, Crisp joined SPE in 1984. Since then, he has overseen the restoration of films such as "Easy Rider," "Funny Girl," "On the Waterfront" and "From Here to Eternity."

Addionally, Crisp coordinated the activities of the Sony Pictures Film Preservation Committee, whose members have included the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, and the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.