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Formosa Group Santa Monica opens at POP Sound location

The former POP Sound facility in Santa Monica has been re-opened by Formosa Group. Many of the sound pros that worked at POP Sound have joined this reborn studio, including mixers Nick Bozzone, Mitch Dorf, Peter Rincon, Tim West, Tim Hoogenakker, and ADR mixer Michael Miller. Business operations staff members include EP Paula Arnett, EP/scheduler Jennifer Bowman and facility engineer Eric Beam.

“I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to ‘get the band back together,’ says sound designer/mixer Peter Rincon. “We really are a talented team with tons of great history at this historic facility. And now, with our Formosa brand, we are excited to take our creative services to the next level.”

Adds Formosa president/COO Robert C. Rosenthal, “The opening of the Formosa Santa Monica facility, with upgrades and renovations underway, marks another important milestone. Now with facilities in West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Burbank and Santa Monica, Formosa Group offers filmmakers and content creators unprecedented sound talent and resources for the feature, broadcast, music, interactive and commercial markets.”

While much of the of the gear from POP Sound remains in place, Formosa has added Avid’s ICON D-Control, ICON D-Command and a Christie projector. They expect more additions will come.

Main Image: The Formosa Santa Monica team. Photo Credit: Martin Cohen

Formosa Group takes over former POP Sound location

Formosa Group, which serves film, broadcast, commercial and interactive clients, will re-open the facility formerly known as POP Sound (Pacific Ocean Post). The Santa Monica-based facility closed on July 7 of this year.

Bob Rosenthal

Bob Rosenthal

“We are pleased to re-open this outstanding post-production sound facility,” said Formosa president/COO Robert C. 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.”

The former POP Sound features 10 mixing stages, eight voiceover booths and an ADR stage. The facility will be refurbished and rebranded for a launch this month, with some of the existing gear.

Rosenthal is reportedly in talks with several of the former POP artists and staff members to rejoin the facility under Formosa’s management; it’s estimated that approximately 10 will rejoin.

Formosa Group, based at The Lot in West Hollywood, also has a second West Hollywood location, along with West LA and Burbank locations.

Todd-Soundelux files for Chapter 11

The story broke yesterday that legendary audio post company Todd-Soundelux, formerly CSS Studios, filed for Chapter 11. The company, which has 56 Academy Award nominations to its credit and 23 Oscars, says it’s restructuring and readying itself for sale.

While the company’s POP Sound and Burbank locations remain fully operational and working on contracted film and television projects, the Santa Monica and Hollywood offices have closed. That leaves some of the largest and most storied stages sitting idle for now.

According to a Todd-Soundelux press release, “This action has been necessitated by a significant decline in revenues, primarily in the feature film segment, which has impacted the independent post production sound business in the Los Angeles area.”

Please check back for more information on this developing story.

Pictured is Stage 1 at the now shuttered Todd-Soundelux Hollywood location.

Meet Commercial Mixer: Nick Bozzone

POP Sound’s Nick Bozzone has been interested in sound since he was a little kid. He grew up wanting to be a music mixer, but when he discovered the entire post production side of sound his world opened up and he knew he was “home.”

He took time out recently to answer some of our questions, which are designed to get behind a person’s job title. Enjoy.

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