Burbank-based Film services giant FotoKem opened a unit in Santa Monica, SPY: LA. The new boutique offers creative finishing services for commercials and feature films, extending the capabilities of SPY’s main facility in San Francisco. (FotoKem acquired the Bay-area company in 2009.)

SPY: LA’s work includes spots for such clients as UPS, Asics, THQ/UFC, Hillshire Farm and Canon. The facility is based inside Margarita Mix, FotoKem’s sound studio.

Additionally, vfx artist Scott Rader joined SPY: LA as creative director and lead Flame artist. He previously worked at effects shops Radium, Hydraulx and Digital Domain. Rader’s work on TV series, features, commercials and music videos as an Inferno artist/vfx supervisor has earned him nine Emmys, three Clio Awards, three PromaxBDA Awards and a VES Award.

“Anchored by Emmy Award-winning talent and industry-leading technology, SPY: LA provides the same level of quality services that is offered in our San Francisco facility,” said co-founder Eric Hanson. “The two studios are securely connected by a high-speed network offering real-time interface capabilities between San Francisco and Santa Monica, and this Westside location greatly enhances our ability to interface effectively with our clients.”

“There is synergy and scalability for our clients in the aggregation of solutions provided by SPY and Margarita Mix,” said FotoKem senior VP Rand Gladden. “The flexibility of SPY’s interconnected locations and FotoKem’s Burbank headquarters offers a wide range of artistic and technical support from set to delivery. Our goal is to continue to support the creative community through investments in talent and technology.”

Hanson adds, “The connection and design of the facilities will empower collaboration. When there are tight turnarounds, creative changes, and advancing deliveries, this will be a great value-add for the creative process.”

SPY’s San Francisco facility has worked on projects for ad agencies such as Goodby Silverstein & Partners, TBWAChiatDay, Leo Burnett and DDB. The shop has also provided visual effects for features including Fox’s “Avatar” and Sony Screen Gems’ “Priest” as well as effects and color grading for Francis Ford Coppola’s visually complex self-released feature “Twixt.”