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U nabs Jenkins to be senior veepee

Oscar-winning sound mixer will continue partnership with Montano

Oscar-winning sound re-recording mixer Chris Jenkins (“The Last of the Mohicans,” “Out of Africa”) has been appointed senior VP of sound services for Universal Studios Operations Group.

He will report to Jim Watters, president and general manager of Universal Studios Operations Group; he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of Universal Sound while continuing to mix on indie and Universal Pictures projects with longtime partner Frank Montano.

Sounding off

At U, Oscar-winning sound specialists Steve Maslow and Gregg Landaker, whose recent credits include “U-571” and “Twister”; Rick Kline and Chris Carpenter (“Enemy at the Gates,” “Family Man”); and Andy Koyama (“Bring It On,” “Meet the Parents”) will report to Jenkins.

“Chris’ appointment illustrates Universal’s commitment to providing filmmakers with high-end talent-based sound services, excellent customer relations and the best technology. His unique blend of creative expertise, business skills, personal and artistic integrity is unparalleled in this industry,” said Watters.

Todd-AO vet

Jenkins joins Universal from post-production house Todd-AO, where he was president of the company from 1989-2000 while maintaining his mixing career. While there, Jenkins worked on more than 150 films and received Oscar noms for his work on “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “Dick Tracy.

Universal Studios recently completed a major renovation of its sound facilities, including installation of a state-of-the-art feature-mixing stage, an all-digital ADR facility and a complete “walls-in” upgrade of its Hitchcock Theater mixing stage and Dubbing Room 3.

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