HOLLYWOOD — Award-winning sound pros (L-R) Rick Ash and Ron Eng have joined the team at Periscope Post & Audio (periscopepa.com). The two will serve as the lead sound talent at Periscope’s Hollywood facility, which launched last month. The new sound department features a theatrical mix stage with an Avid S6 digital console, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos capability, as well as three additional mix stages also featuring Avid S6 consoles, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos.
Ash, a re-recording mixer who won Emmy Awards for his work on the mini-series Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Warm Springs and Live from Bagdad, has than 200 credits spanning independent features, long-form television, documentaries and episodic television.
Eng, a supervising sound editor, sound designer and re-recording mixer, earned two Emmy Award nominations last year for work on the series Twin Peaks. His other credits include the animated film Coraline and the David Lynch classic Mulholland Drive.
“We are building a world-class sound services team and are thrilled to welcome Rick and Ron to it,” says Periscope general manager Ben Benedetti. “They are both passionate artists who offer experience across studio and independent features, episodic television, mini-series and many other formats.”
Ash has been a top re-recording mixer for more than 30 years. Along with his three wins, he has seven additional Emmy Award nominations. He also has five CAS Awards, the most recent for the mini-series Temple Grandin, along with five more nominations. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his work on Pulp Fiction. He spent many years on staff at Todd-AO and also had a long affiliation with Walt Disney Studios. Having begun his career in the recording industry, he moved into post production sound in 1978 and earned his first credit on the Martin Scorsese documentary The Last Waltz. Other notable credits include The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, Hell on Wheels, The X-Files, Little Miss Sunshine and Monster’s Ball.
“As an independent facility that’s client-centric and creatively-focused, it’s a great fit for me,” says Ash. “It’s a place where I continue to do what I love: mix sound and tell stories. That’s what’s important to me.”
Eng’s career in sound spans more than two decades. He broke into the business as a sound editor with Hollywood Way and spent eight years as a supervising sound editor at Paramount Pictures. He later founded the independent sound services company GigEng Productions and ran it for a decade. Recently, he has worked as a freelancer, handling projects for Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and others. He has been nominated for numerous MPSE Golden Reel Awards, including for ParaNorman, Jungle Book 2 and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Other recent projects include the feature Deadpool 2 and the series Longmire.
“The space is well-equipped and comfortable, and the mix stage and other sound rooms are built to be very flexible,” says Eng of the studio. “Having been an independent, it’s exciting to be part of a new venture and have a place to call home.”
In their first project for Periscope, Ash and Eng are handling sound for a new Netflix series.