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Pioneering post-production guru Benadon dies

He was a co-founder of L.A. Weekly

Pioneering video post-production guru and founding member of the L.A. Weekly, Joseph Benadon, died Oct. 22 in Beverly Hills of natural causes. He was 72.

In 1975 he and partner Bill Dornisch launched the Film Place in Hollywood, editing hundreds of commercials and earning dozens of Clio Awards. In 1982, Benadon with Sam Holtz launched one of Hollywood’s first video post-production facilities, Action Video. For 12 years Action Video was a leader in technology and online post-production services for musicvideos and commercials.

The Bronx native served in the Army in 1961 and learned to edit training films at the Army Pictorial Center.

After the service, he moved to Los Angeles and became an assistant editor for Animation Inc. and later Film Fair. He joined Film EX West as an editor in the early ’70s and rose to be VP in charge of post.

He would join a diverse group of investors, led by Jay Levin, to start L.A. Weekly in 1978. The paper would continue its growth and success until it was sold 17 years later to the Village Voice.

In 1996 he served as post-production supervisor for Turner Classic Movies production “Money Plays,” starring Roy Scheider and Sonia Braga.

Benadon’s health deteriorated after suffering a debilitating stroke in 1995, which led to the onset of Parkinson’s. He had been in poor health since 2005.

He is survived by his wife Rita; three daughters; three grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

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