WB plans new tech facility

Warner Bros. Tuesday announced the construction of a 42,000-square-foot post-production facility to be based on the Burbank lot, as part of its overall plan to expand its production-related service divisions.

Two-thirds of the new complex, to be situated behind the WB commissary around the corner from Steven J. Ross Plaza, will be completed by Aug. 1, with the remainder to be finished by June 1995.

The complex will include five rerecording and looping stages, two automated dialogue replacement (ADR) stages, one Foley stage and a telecine mastering facility. It will also be fitted to accommodate 25 digital sound editorial bays, though the studio presently has only 10 active digital workstations.

Senior VP of post-production services Don Rogers will supervise the overall construction plan.

While the facility will mostly serve Warners’ increasingly prolific on-lot filmers, Rogers said “we also want it known that we’re here for television producers and filmmakers outside the studio as well.”

“This is basically a renovation and an expansion of the existing facility,” explained Barry Snyder, WB’s recently tapped VP of post-production services. “But it’s fairly drastic since some buildings were completely gutted. It’s a substantial process.”

“We will have a full video services area with on-line editing, off-line editing, color correction, mastering and all types of other things,” Snyder said. “We’re not only renovating, but video services didn’t really exist before at WB, and it’s now being blown up into a huge area of the facility.”

Chris Cookson, senior VP of the WB technical operations division, will supervise development and operations of the Telecine facility.

Some of the existing facilities will be completely refurbished and incorporated into the new design. The existing postproduction resources at WB will remain operational throughout the construction process.

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