Sound appointment for Liberty

Livewire division announces audio exex

Liberty Livewire, the growing group of post-production companies that’s being knitted together by John Malone’s Liberty Media, today will announce a batch of exec appointments at its audio division and some related branding decisions.

Topping exec news is word that Chris Jenkins, a sound mixer and former president of the Liberty-acquired Todd-AO Studios, will stay aboard as exec VP of Liberty Livewire Audio, the sound editing and mixing division at Liberty Livewire.

Wylie Stateman, a co-founder of sound-editorial company Soundelux, previously was given exec veep stripes at the Liberty audio division; both he and Jenkins will report to previously appointed division prexy Lon Bender. Post industry vet George Borghi has been lured from Universal Studios’ sound department to a post of senior VP at Liberty Livewire Audio.

Meanwhile, Liberty will announce it’s continuing the Todd-AO brand — in part — by christening its mixing operations Todd Studios at various locations. And Liberty’s editorial operations will continue to be marketed as Soundelux.

Exex named

William Angerola, who was head of Todd-AO’s TV longform editorial group, is the now head of Todd Studios-Burbank and senior VP of Liberty Livewire Audio. Also named senior veep at the audio division is John Ross, who owned and operated Digital Sound and Picture prior to its acquisition in 1998 by Four Media, which has since been acquired by Liberty.

Soundelux vet Kim Waugh gets the post of senior VP, business development, at Liberty Livewire Audio, while William Fiel — previously managing director of the Liberty-acquired POP Sound in Santa Monica — is senior VP of commercials.

Robert Rosenthal, previously exec VP at Soundelux, will serve as VP of Livewire Audio’s editorial unit. Scheduling vet Heidi Arnold has been tapped VP of scheduling at the audio division, and new exec veep of engineering Bill Johnston will work closely with Stateman to manage technical upgrades at several audio facilities.

Bender praised the exec team’s “depth of knowledge” and noted more appointments will be announced in the next few weeks.

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