HOLLYWOOD--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Formosa Group, a new talent-based post production sound company serving film and interactive clients, is opening its doors and already has signed exclusive contracts with eight of the motion picture industry’s most respected sound artists, it was announced today by Robert C. Rosenthal, President and Chief Operating Officer.
“We want to be known as the company that provides creative sound solutions for content creators and studios”
These eight entertainment sound industry veterans, who have more than 400 movie credits among them, are Odin Benitez (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Scott M. Gershin (“Pacific Rim”), Greg Hedgepath (“Footloose”), Andy Koyama (“The Incredible Hulk”), Mark Mangini (three-time Oscar® nominee, “Jack The Giant Slayer”), Julian Slater (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), Mark Stoeckinger (three-time Oscar® nominee, “Iron Man 3”), and Martyn Zub (“Warm Bodies”). They have a combined total of six Oscar® nominations, three BAFTA nominations, and 17 MPSE Golden Reel Awards from 90 nominations.
“We want to be known as the company that provides creative sound solutions for content creators and studios,” said Rosenthal, who served as President of CSS Studios before joining Formosa Group earlier this year. “In the past few months, many of the industry’s finest film supervising sound editors and re-recording mixers have joined us, proving there is a huge demand for an environment where sound artists can be respected and heard, while working within a state-of-the-art entity that supports the best creative environment possible for artists. We’ve also assembled a skilled management and support team who are adept at cultivating the creative process.”
Formosa Group is based at The Lot, an 11-acre studio in West Hollywood with a rich history. The Lot was originally founded in 1918, and has been the United Artists Studio, Samuel Goldwyn Studios and Warner Hollywood Studios. In addition, Formosa Group has a second West Hollywood facility (“Formosa 66”) and a west side facility (“Formosa West”).
The formation of Formosa Group follows the success of Audio Head, a sound mixing facility on The Lot that opened in 2010. Recently refurbished with a new mix stage added, Audio Head features four mix stages, an ADR stage, and a 134-seat screening room that has so far provided sound services to over 100 feature films. Audio Head also serves as a stand-alone re-recording, mixing and ADR option for any size film project. The owners of Formosa Group and Audio Head have spared no expense to launch Formosa Group and expand Audio Head this year.
Typifying artist and client response for the new company, veteran sound designer and supervising sound editor Mark Mangini said, “There was a real hunger in the community for an independent full-service sound facility. With Formosa Group, we have gathered some of the best and brightest in Hollywood to rethink the post-production template; one that puts an emphasis on talent and embraces modern and efficient workflows.”
Greg Hedgepath commented, “I know Bob and his team want to create a new paradigm in the sound industry and I wanted to be a part of it. The Formosa Group has artistic appeal, a friendly working environment and cutting edge technology.”
Julian Slater, who recently joined Formosa Group after relocating from the United Kingdom, said, “I am extremely excited at the prospect of working for Formosa. The talent pool speaks for itself. Together we are building something new and unique!”
Added Mark Stoeckinger: “Bob is very respected because not only does he understand what we do, he is really great about supporting creative talent.”
Other Formosa Group executives include Matt Dubin, Vice President of Business Development, and Rick DeLena, Executive Vice President.
Formosa Group, Audio Head and Picture Head are owned by former owners of two of Hollywood’s top advertising agencies; Barbara Glazer and Mike Greenfeld (The Ant Farm), Tim Nett (Trailer Park), as well as Craig Murray (currently the CEO of mOcean).
“Talent is always an attractive investment,” said Barbara Glazer, one of the owners of Formosa Group. “Having presided over the industry’s top advertising agencies, the other owners and I understand the temperament of creative people and what it takes to attract, nurture and retain them. To have the opportunity to build something again with smart, creative people is hugely rewarding.”