Sony Pictures Brings Sound, Postproduction Under Digital Productions Umbrella

Bob Osher  - P 2013
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Bob Osher  - P 2013

The unit also encompasses Sony Pictures Animation and Imageworks.

Sony Pictures Digital Productions is bringing the studio’s sound department and Colorworks postproduction facility under its umbrella.

SPDP -- which also encompasses Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks -- now will include visual effects and computer animation, sound mixing and editorial and digital mastering, color grading, and film restoration.

SPDP president Bob Osher and Sony Pictures Imageworks executive vp and GM Randy Lake will work closely with the sound department’s Richard Branca and Tom McCarthy and Colorworks’ Chris Holt in managing the studio’s combined operations.

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These changes come following the announcement that Gary Martin, president of  operations at Sony Pictures Studios, will be retiring in 2013.

Martin was responsible for opening the lot’s Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage and developing Sony Pictures Studios’ sound department. Along with Sony Pictures Technologies president Chris Cookson, Martin opened Colorworks, a 14,000-square-foot facility that includes 4K digital intermediate services.

The Sony Pictures Imageworks visual effects unit recently completed work on Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming productions include The Smurfs 2 in July and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 in September.