New group to offer digital post services

Technicolor Film Group said Tuesday it has folded video and audio post house Complete Post Inc. into its new Imaging Group to focus on offering digital post-production services together with its traditional film processing operations.

Complete Post, with a staff of 182, is a division of Technicolor-parent Carlton Communications and will now join post arm CFI and Technicolor’s pic restoration business as part of the Imaging Group, which is expected to expand Technicolor’s film service work into the digital film and post-production arena.

Technicolor already is a powerhouse for film processing and is the world’s largest independent producer of videos and DVDs worldwide.

“We are bringing our leading-edge and newly developed resources into a single group, positioning us to provide unmatched capabilities and services to our customers,” said Walter Schonfeld, prexy of the Technicolor Film Group. “The combined power of Complete Post, CFI and Technicolor imaging services will help extend our lead in the advanced and digital film services market.”

Bob Beitcher, former prexy and CEO of CFI has been tapped prexy of the Technicolor Imaging Group. Bob Brian will continue as prexy of Complete Post and report to Beitcher.

“We’ll be able to offer both traditional and digital film processing abilities,” Schonfeld said. “Some people want to work in the traditional film environment (for editing, color timing and film processing) and we want to support those people but we also want to support the new crop of digital filmmakers as well. Whether our customers want to work on film or use a digital master, we will be able to serve their needs.”

New services available through the Imaging Group will include digital scanning and editing.

In addition to its digital post-production for series, specials, motion pictures, commercials, graphic animation and f/x, Complete Post offers digital audio through Complete Sound, full service DVD creation at Complete Post’s DVD Center, creative broadcast design through its inhouse agency Anti-Gravity, and resources targeted to film and television clients’ specific needs, such as Studio Advertising Services.

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