CSS Studios Upgrades Todd-AO Hollywood, Adds Michael Minkler

Jun 2, 2009 12:41 PM


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Todd-AO Hollywood Stage 2

Post-production company CSS Studios has completed upgrades for its two large, feature film sound re-recording stages at Todd-AO Hollywood. In a related development, the company announced that three-time Academy Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Michael Minkler would take up residency at the Hollywood facility.

Hollywood-based CSS Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, a nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 170 countries. CSS Studios provides creative services to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and interactive producers. CSS services are marketed under the brand names Todd-AO, Sound One, Soundelux, POP Sound, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge, with facilities in Los Angeles and New York City. With more than 50 years of experience in providing creative sound services and technical solutions, the companies, collectively, have garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Academy Awards.

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Re-Recording Mixer Michael Minkler

“Mike Minkler is one of the most talented and accomplished re-recording mixers working today,” says Robert C. Rosenthal, president of CSS Studios. “Mike’s decision to move to the freshly upgraded Stage 1 is a crucial step in fortifying Todd-AO’s dominant position in Hollywood’s high-end feature film market and part of a broader strategy to respond decisively to the evolving needs of our clients.”

Minkler is mixing Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds at the facility, together with re-recording mixer Tony Lamberti.

“CSS Studios and Todd-AO are committing a significant amount of resources to support Minkler and the Hollywood facility,” says Rosenthal. “Minkler’s presence in Hollywood allows us to provide filmmakers with exclusive access to top-tier creative talent, regardless of where they want to work—all seamlessly interconnected with the expansive creative and technical resources of the CSS Studios group.”

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work on Todd-AO’s historically significant Stage 1 in Hollywood,” says Minkler. “Following the recent upgrades to the feature film re-recording stages, Todd-AO Hollywood is an extremely attractive environment for filmmakers. “

The company did not offer any announcements regarding who will be selected to fill its high-end Stage 1 at Todd-AO West in Santa Monica, which Minkler vacates after a 15-year run. Minkler’s tenure at Todd-AO West included Academy Awards for Dreamgirls (2006) and Black Hawk Down (2001). Minkler’s Academy Award-winning work on Chicago (2002) was performed at CSS Studios’ Sound One facility in New York City.

As part of its upgrade, CSS Studios installed two dual-operator Euphonix System 5 digital audio mixing systems in Todd-AO Hollywood, which brings the overall total of Todd-AO’s Euphonix consoles to eight.

Both of the new Euphonix System 5 consoles have 80 faders, include more than 400 DSP channels and come with EuCon Hybrid that enables the console to control not only the Euphonix DSP channels but also external Pro Tools HD DAWs that are installed on Todd-AO Hollywood’s Stage 1 and Stage 2. Pro Tools channels and Euphonix DSP channels can be placed anywhere on the console surface and mixed simultaneously, which Euphonix states is a unique feature of the System 5.

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