O'Connell Now Sound Director, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Apr 12, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Kevin O’Connell has been promoted to sound director in the post production facilities at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), as was announced by Michael J. Kohut, president of Sony Pictures' post production facilities.

With his expanded duties, O’Connell will oversee the technical implementation of the Sound Department’s digital future and assist in shaping the future development of mixing. He will continue to report to Kohut.

“Kevin’s vast experience in Sound is invaluable,” said Kohut. “I’m certain that his visions will help reshape the future of digital sound and heighten the level of work we do for our clients.”

“Kevin O’Connell’s career experience enhances one of post production’s most talented management teams,” said Gary Martin, president of Sony Pictures' studio operations.

“I’m looking forward to working with Kevin as we meet the digital challenges of the future,” said Richard Branca, executive vice president of sound, video and projection operations. “He will be an important factor in creating synergy of post production sound.”

“Kevin’s creativity and his knowledge of the sound industry is truly an asset to our department,” says Tom McCarthy, executive vice president of theatrical and television sound editorial. “I look forward to working with him in the implementation of new technologies in both sound mixing and sound editorial. As our facility continues to grow, Kevin’s strong background in sound will be instrumental as we structure and standardize the use of new technologies.”

O’Connell started in the industry in 1978 as a Machine Room Operator at Samuel Goldwyn Studios. He was promoted to a Sound Mixer in 1980. He received his first Academy Award® nomination in 1983 for his sound mixing on Terms of Endearment when he was only 26. Since then, he has received an additional 15 Oscar® nominations.

O’Connell joined Sony Pictures in 1993 as a supervising sound mixer in the Cary Grant Theatre, the theatre he now considers a second home. His numerous projects include: Tombstone, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and Spider-Man. His most recent project was The Passion of the Christ for Mel Gibson.

In addition to sound mixing, O’Connell is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and represents the sound branch on the Board of Governors.

For more information about this announcement or Sony Pictures Entertainment, please refer to their Website,www.sonypicturespost.com.

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