Pinewood Studios opened a new office in Los Angeles in a busy month, which has also seen Dennis Weinreich leave the company and two of its audio mixers nominated for a BAFTA Award, writes Kevin Hilton.
The newly established LA operation joins Pinewood's existing network of offices in Berlin, Toronto and Malaysia, with the aim of building up the TV and film studios group's joint ventures and operating agreements in different territories. Paul Baker, Pinewood's group sales director, has moved to the US to set up the new premises.
"These new offices mean we can better manage and co-ordinate our global offering," comments commercial director Nick Smith.
The profile of Pinewood's audio post-production department has been kept high by sound mixers Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke winning a BAFTA nomination for their work on the Danny Boyle film 127 Hours. Also included in the nomination are Glenn Freemantle of sound design company Sound 24 and production sound mixers Steven C Laneri and Douglas Cameron.
Dennis Weinreich, joint managing director of film and television post-production, left Pinewood in mid-January after two and half years as joint managing director of film and television post-production. His co-MD, Giles Farley, has taken over as managing director for post-production.
"We are sorry Dennis has decided to step down from this key role," says Smith,. "He has been a positive and unifying influence in the company. I am pleased, however, that Dennis will be acting as a consultant to us so we will continue to benefit from his experience." (See feature for more details.)
The Pinewood group, which also includes the film studios at Shepperton and the Teddington TV production centre, is due to announce its full year results for the 12 months to 31st December 2010 on 8th March.