Modern VideoFilm makes changes at the executive level
October 22, 2014

Modern VideoFilm makes changes at the executive level

BURBANK — Modern VideoFilm ( has made several changes to its executive management team that if feels will position the company for continued growth. Joining the executive team are CEO Scott Avila, president Cooper Crouse, and CFO Roxanna Sassanian. Long-time executives Bill Watt, president of digital media services; Mark Smirnoff, president of creative services; and Jon Johnson, executive VP/sales, will take on added managerial and operational responsibilities. Departing from the company are CEO Moshe Barkat and CFO Hugh Miller.

Under its new leadership, Modern VideoFilm will work to broaden its ties to studio clients, independent producers and content distributors. They will also work more closely with them to implement new workflows, production technologies and modes of media distribution. 

Avila, Crouse and Sassanian arrive from similar positions with The Culver Studios, where they oversaw a major expansion of studio operations. Modern VideoFilm has been steadily growing and modernizing for more than a decade. Its headquarters in Burbank features a fully file-based infrastructure encompassing both its post production and content management divisions. Its post division, which includes operations in Burbank and Santa Monica, provides editorial, color grading, visual effects, restoration and dailies services. Its content management division offers complete digital solutions for content distribution, along with its longstanding system for physical distribution. It covers encoding, transcoding, meta data, quality control, content access, storage and delivery and maintains over 200,000 physical elements.

The company recently expanded its 4K infrastructure for supporting motion picture and television post production projects. In addition, it has added 4K VOD platforms for Ultra HD content distribution. The studio is currently nominated for four HPA Awards for its work on Labor Day (Paramount), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox), Reign (CBS), and Game of Thrones (HBO). The studio also contributed to the upcoming animated feature, The Book of Life (Fox).