HOLLYWOOD — Full service post provider Periscope Post & Audio (periscopepa.com), with locations in Hollywood and Chicago, has added creative, technical and sales staff to meet a surge in television, streaming and feature projects. The company recently brought in veteran re-recording mixer Terry O’Bright to its Hollywood facility. A five-time Emmy Award-nominee, his recent credits include work on the ABC series The Goldbergs and the Fox series
Top photo: Terry O'Bright
Periscope has also hired Bruce Dobrin as chief engineer and Michael Sable as a director of business development. The appointments follow a rise in the studio’s workload as television and film production rebounds from the pandemic.
“We’ve got great momentum,” says general manager Ben Benedetti. “We’re growing to support new work that is coming in and we’re thrilled by the caliber of people we’ve attracted. Terry is among the most experienced mixers in the industry and will hit the ground running. Bruce is a brilliant engineer who brings experience and a stellar reputation. He is already implementing improvements in standards and practices. Michael is also a highly-regarded industry veteran who will help us build our feature film business.”
O’Bright will work on a mix stage that’s equipped with an Avid S6 console and Dolby Atmos capabilities. He will focus on streaming and broadcast television projects. Most recently with Sony Pictures Post Production Services, O’Bright has tallied more than 250 film and television credits over his career. Having started in the recording industry under Terry Brown, music producer for the band Rush, he transitioned to post production sound in Toronto before relocating to Hollywood. His Emmy nominations include work on the mini-series The Andromeda Strain, The Ten Commandments, The Wool Cap and Annie. He won a Cinema Audio Society Award in 2010 for Into the Blue 2: The Reef.
Photo: Bruce Dobrin
In his new role, Dobrin will manage technical operations at the Hollywood facility. He brings expertise across all aspects of digital production and post production, including technical management, facility design, cloud and hybrid infrastructures, and systems engineering. His background includes six years as chief engineer at the visual effects studio Psyop and three years as principal architect at Sony 3D Technology Center/Sony Pictures Technologies. He also has extensive experience as an independent technology consultant. Dobrin will focus, in part, on preparing Periscope for a future dominated by flexible workflows.
“I’m a proponent of hybrid and cloud workflows as off-site capabilities are becoming increasingly important,” he explains. “I want to implement new ideas that will help this facility grow.”
Photo: Michael Sable
Sable will seek to extend Periscope’s reach in independent, studio and streaming features, and work to secure projects for both the Hollywood and Chicago facilities. He has worked in post sales for more than 20 years, primarily marketing sound services for film and television. He began his career with Encore Video and held senior sales roles at Mix Magic and Mercury Sound. He has a long track record of assisting independent filmmakers finish their movies, something Periscope’s two facilities are well suited for.
“We offer everything under one roof,” notes Sable, “picture finishing, sound, cutting rooms and production offices. I believe this company will become a hub for independent producers.”
Periscope’s Hollywood location recently completed work on Wu-Tang: An American Saga and Love, Victor for Hulu, Twenties and The Ms. Pat Show for BET, and several SpongeBob SquarePants projects for Nickelodeon. The company’s Chicago facility handled post for the AMC series 61st Street, Showtime’s Work in Progress and Fox’s The Big Leap.