HOLLYWOOD — Chicago-based Periscope Post & Audio (periscopepa.com) has expanded to the West Coast, opening a new 22,000-square-foot sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood. Located at 6860 Lexington Avenue, near Highland, the new studio offers offer a full range of post services, including dailies, editorial, color grading, sound editing and mixing.
“We want to build on relationships we’ve forged with producers in Chicago and extend our reach further into the television and feature markets,” explains Periscope Post & Audio co-owner Michael Nehs. “We have been looking for the right property for several years, one that is convenient to studios and production companies, and big enough to support full-service solutions. We also wanted a space that would allow us to build large mix stages, which we believe are badly needed. This space offers all that and room to grow.”
The facility’s large theatrical mix stage is anchored by an Avid S6 digital console, supported by Avid Pro Tools workstations. It is capable of mixing in Dolby Atmos for theatrical release. The facility’s other three mix stages are also equipped with Avid S6 consoles and Pro Tools systems, and are set up to mix in Dolby Atmos for streaming and home theatre. Additionally, the facility has two sound design suites and four sound editorial suites. A second ADR room will be added next year.
Periscope is also home to two 4K grading theaters that feature Blackmagic Design’s Da Vinci Resolve systems, with added support for Dolby Vision color correction and IMF delivery. They also include Avid and Adobe Premiere NLE systems for editorial conforming. The three additional color grading suites offer similar set ups with Da Vinci Resolve, Avid and Premiere. Dailies processing and look development services are also available onsite.
Forty-two rental unit spaces can function as production offices or editing rooms. For productions wishing to take up residence at the site, Periscope can provide editing systems, networked storage, communication, infrastructure and technical support.
To lead the new Hollywood location, Periscope has appointed veteran post executive Ben Benedetti (pictured) as general manager. Benedetti’s background includes executive posts with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Ascent Media. He will oversee daily operations, direct strategic planning, and develop sales and growth plans. Benedetti says that Periscope is seeking to capitalize on the surge in production by streaming services and has built a facility to meet that segment of the market’s technical and creative needs.
“We want to support directors and producers in achieving their creative visions,” says Benedetti. “We understand their requirements and will cater to them. We are creating a unique culture based on exceptional service and enhanced with flair and attitude from Chicago.”