Voyager launches standalone post studio Leap Year
March 21, 2024

Voyager launches standalone post studio Leap Year

BROOKLYN, NY — Production company Voyager ( recently announced the launch of a new venture - a post production company named Leap Year ( Co-founders Charles Frank and Andrew Hutcheson say the standalone studio has a curated roster of talent, and is available for work with outside collaborators, including other production companies, agencies and brands.

"Leap Year's evolution from an internal post solution at Voyager to a broader, independent studio offering was driven by our extensive experience and network in both production and post equally,” explains Frank. “Recognizing its potential beyond our walls, what started as a conversation about enhancing our offerings in a more substantial way quickly transformed into a vision of collaboration with other production companies, agencies and clients we admire, shaping a new era of creative partnership.”

Voyager was co-founded as a production house back in 2015, and has regularly shepherded their productions through post production in-house, completing numerous film and commercial projects. The evolution into standalone post production boutique was a natural progression. Voyager senior editor Austen Deery organically transitions to Leap Year’s creative roster, and is accompanied by editors Nico Frank, Kauai and Jeff Watterson, who all come on-board for commercial representation. 

“Handing off projects after shooting felt like a disservice to the storytelling essence our agencies and partners sought,” notes Hutcheson. “Leap Year emerged as a natural extension of that, aiming to enhance partnerships and support directors in crafting compelling narratives. For us, the process is as crucial as the outcome, and Leap Year is dedicated to amplifying that focus."

The Leap Year team also includes managing director/EP Kira MacKnight, whose tenure at audio post studio One Thousand Birds included spearheading Super Bowl campaigns for Squarespace, Crown Royal, Bud Light and TurboTax. Additional credits include the Academy Award-nominated Traffic Stop, and the Emmy-winning Zion. 

“My passion lies in building frameworks and processes for teams to be able to grow, adapt and thrive,” notes MacKnight. “Joining Leap Year at this pivotal moment and being able to do just that in support of providing the best possible experience for our insanely talented roster of editors and our clients is a dream come true.”

The studio’s official launch took place on February 29th. Leap Year is based at Voyager's headquarters in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, and offers realtime remote and in-person sessions via their new edit suite.