formosa group POP facility Bob Rosenthal

Post-production startup to revive legendary studio

Post-production sound company Formosa Group will re-open the recently shuttered facilities of Pacific Ocean Post in Santa Monica, once a fixture of the Westside’s thriving post-production scene of the ’80s and ’90s.

Formosa, a West Hollywood-based startup serving the post sound needs of film, broadcast, commercial and interactive clients, was opened in 2013 by parent company Picture Head.

The move was announced by Formosa president and COO Robert C. Rosenthal (pictured).

Pacific Ocean Post was co-founded in 1984 by Alan Kozlowski, a disciple of Ravi Shankar, and at its peak employed over 300 visual effects, sound and editorial artisans. Its early projects included “Independence Day” and “Titanic.” Its more recent films include “The Avengers,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Iron Man 3.” When POP Sound closed its doors on July 7, it laid off as many as 20 employees.

Today the studio still boasts 10 mixing stages as well as an assortment of voiceover booths and an ADR facility.

“We are pleased to re-open this outstanding post-production sound facility,” said Rosenthal. “With this addition, we will now have an expanded west side presence. It also enables the core clientele to continue their great work here with many of the accomplished creative artists and support staff formerly associated with POP.”

In January, Formosa Group launched a music editorial division to serve film and TV clients, hiring a number of music editors and assistants. The following month it hired Oscar-winning supervising sound editor and sound designer Lon Bender, who left Soundelux to join the upstart.

Soundelux, which, like POP Sound, was a longtime fixture of the L.A. post community, subsequently filed for bankruptcy.

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