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Face to face in a Web-centric world

Why groups like LAPPG are more relevant than ever

By Wendy Woodhall

I’m always appreciative and humbled when, after spending a 10-hour day in a dark room dealing with a producer’s demands, crashing systems and updating software, folks are motivated enough to drive across town through horrible LA traffic to join us for a night of learning, networking and camaraderie.

In 2008, when we started the Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG), a user group/professional organization, we took a leap of faith that people in the post industry wanted to have a social experience with others engaging in similar work. We were right.

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Checking in with Modern VideoFilm’s new CEO Scott Avila

By Randi Altman

Recently there have been some management changes at Modern VideoFilm, the 30-year-old independently owned LA-based post house. CEO Moshe Barkat and CFO Hugh Miller have left the company and Scott Avila is now CEO. Avila most recently held a similar position with The Culver Studios, where he oversaw a major expansion and renovation.

Others joining the Modern executive team include president Cooper Crouse and CFO Roxanna Sassanian. Longtime Modern VideoFilm execs, such as president of digital media services Bill Watt, president of creative services Mark Smirnoff and EVP/sales Jon Johnson, have taken on added managerial and operational responsibilities. Modern employs nearly 500 people in its Burbank and Santa Monica locations.

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