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WARNER BROS. TO OPEN MASSIVE AUDIO POST FACILITY

Post Magazine
August 31, 2005
WARNER BROS. TO OPEN MASSIVE AUDIO POST FACILITY The studio has spent the past three years developing, planning and constructing the 52,000-square-foot facility, which will be operated by Warner Bros. Studios Post Production Sound Department.

"This remarkable new building will offer an ultra-modern atmosphere staffed by the most sought-after talent in the industry," says Kim Waugh, VP of post production services for Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. "The future-of-the-art facility is designed to foster excellence in creativity with an emphasis on superior creature comforts and exceptional client services."

The two large feature re-recording stages will be equipped with AMS Neve DFC Gemini consoles that can support up to 1,000 channel paths, and are capable of 24-bit 96kHz operation. Six soundproof editorial rooms will be located on each stage, allowing editors to provide seamless support within the mixing environment.

Each re-recording stage will include a luxurious bathroom and shower, a comfortable filmmaker's lounge with a fully-equipped kitchen and an extensive catering menu, along with an outdoor patio with a Spanish-style fountain and fireplace. Clients will also have access to the new Warner Bros. Post Production personal concierge service.

The second floor of this new facility will feature 12 DVD audio mastering suites and a roomy client lounge with a full kitchen and outdoor balcony. Adjacent is Warner Bros. Post Production Services' Emerging Media department, which serves the interactive gaming community. The building also contains 20,000 square feet of office space, which will become the new home to the Warner Bros. Feature Post Production department.

"This extraordinary building re-confirms our commitment to the post production community," says Norm Barnett, senior VP of post production services for Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. "We have certainly raised the bar, and we are thrilled to be able to offer the industry a facility of this caliber."

The new post facility has been the catalyst for a major upgrade and remodeling of Warner Bros. Studios' existing post production facilities, including the installation of a Digidesign ProControl console into an existing large-format feature re-recording stage, and the standardization of all re-recording consoles to AMS Neve DFC technology.