Boutique editing house Territory expands
November 10, 2014

Boutique editing house Territory expands

DETROIT — Territory ( recently launched new space, following the completion of the second floor of its 13,000-square-foot boutique. The studio serves as a vehicle for the restructuring and re-branding of founder/editor Terry King’s STS-Griot. Territory offers high-end editing, finishing, visual effects, motion graphics, audio and sound design services for broadcast commercials, as well as for other forms of digital media content.

King and his partner Sarah Fisher (pictured) see the studio as an “ultimate creative resource,” capable of serving as a single source for editorial through finishing. Its infrastructure is designed to enable its roster of editors to work from anywhere in the country.

King, senior producer Joan Porter, and producer Manan (Vicky) Patel, head up a staff of talent that includes editors Sarah Fisher, Michele Ballard, Dave Crosslin, Nicole Finateri and LA-based cutter Cary Gries, as well as three assistant editors. Brent Edwards brings years of experience as a finishing editor, compositor and colorist to the team. Client relationship manager Marie Hansen is the most recent addition to the staff.

The company also draws upon a select pool of top-caliber visual FX artists, animators, mixers, sound designers and composers, who work as a collective with its staff. 

“While committed to maintaining a boutique style company, we knew we needed a considerably larger space — not only to accommodate a wider range of services, but also to enable us to create a comfortable, spacious and aesthetically inviting creative environment for our clients that would set Territory apart from the crowd,” says Fisher. “And the new expanded space does just that.”

Territory is housed in an industrial-style building that dates back to the 1930s. The loft-like space has an eclectic mid-century decor, while retaining many of the classic details of the original structure. It provides clients with a full range services and capabilities, as well as room for future growth in the scalable editorial-driven post-production environment.

 The first floor of the facility is home to the Territory’s five roomy creative editing suites, each of which features a Mac tower running Final Cut Pro software, as well as the newest version of Avid Media Composer. A walk-in vintage vault has been transformed into an audio suite that houses Gold Sound, an audio post-production and sound design company.

The recently completed second floor expands Territory’s capabilities with an Adobe Premiere online suite featuring Pablo Rio, Quantel’s finishing solution. It also houses an Autodesk Smoke suite, which offers additional finishing and graphic options. Territory’s Facilis 24D TerraBlock media management system allows access to media from any room on either floor. 

The new space, which boasts high ceilings, large windows, and skylights, is home to a spacious lounge, a cafe style dining area, and an abundance of client amenities. The centerpiece of the second floor is a dramatic glass-walled conference room that overlooks historic Woodward Avenue.