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Company 3 Detroit adds colorist Robert Curreri

Company 3 Detroit, a Deluxe company, has hired colorist Robert Curreri to its facility in Royal Oak, Michigan. A prominent short-form colorist, Curreri has brought his talents to commercials for high-profile brands including Honda, Target, Ford, Sprint, Volkswagen, Budweiser, Yahoo and Reebok and to music videos for artists including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, All American Rejects, Weezer and Kid Rock.

Curreri’s work for My Chemical Romance earned him a Music Video Production Association Award for “Best Colorist.” Previously based in Los Angeles, Curreri relocated to the Motor City, where he will serve Company 3 clients in that region.

Curreri began his post production career as a music video colorist in the early ’90s. Over the subsequent two decades, he collaborated with some of the industry’s most talented directors and cinematographers while at Company 3, Riot and The Syndicate. Just before re-joining Company 3, Curreri worked as a freelance digital intermediate artist for feature films, music videos and commercials, most recently on the Foo Fighters’ HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, directed by Dave Grohl.

“Robert is a uniquely talented colorist,” says Stefan Sonnenfeld, Deluxe Creative Services’ CEO. “He will be a great addition to our roster of artists in and around the Detroit area. And, of course, he can work remotely with Company 3 clients in any location.”

“I’ve spent a great deal of time working closely with Detroit-based clients, particularly in the automotive industry,” Curreri notes. “I’ve grown extremely fond of the Detroit community, so I eagerly accepted the opportunity to join Company 3 Detroit. I’m excited to be part of the Company 3 family once again.”

Deluxe post companies unite in Creative Services division, Sonnenfeld now CEO

Deluxe has combined its post entities — Company 3, Beast, Deluxe New York, Encore, Efilm, Level 3 Post, Method Studios and Rushes — into a new Creative Services division that will centralize operations of color, editorial, visual effects and all other post services across multiple platforms, including feature-length movies; web, cable and network television programs; commercials; web content; and everything else Deluxe’s clients require. So, for example, you might see a feature colorist working on a television series or a spot colorist working on a feature.

All individual company names will remain.

Stefan Sonnenfeld, founder/president of Company 3, becomes CEO of the division while still continuing to do color work. In fact, he just completed Michael Mann’s upcoming Blackhat, and worked on The Imitation Game.

Bill Romeo will move up from his post as executive VP of Encore to become CMO, and Joshua Touber, who held a similar role at Ascent Media a decade ago before co-founding Xytech and Xymox, will serve as COO.

Bill Romeo

Bill Romeo

“As the division among different types of content continue to blur,” explains Sonnenfeld, “our new, centralized Creative Services division will offer clients greater efficiency and flexibility — and our incredibly talented artists will no longer be locked into working only on features, episodic TV or commercials.”

Additional staff changes include long-time Encore employee Jay Bodnar being named CTO, and Lawrence Kelly is now senior VP of finance. Bodnar served as SVP engineering, TV for over a decade. He spearheaded the television division’s transition to file-based workflows for all post and VFX work as well as the near-set dailies service (MobiLabs) pipeline. According to the company, he has been instrumental in unifying multiple engineering teams to maximize resources and efficiencies among multiple facilities. Kelly, who joined Deluxe in October as VP of finance for Method Studios, has 20 years of experience on the studio side of the business. He was at Warner Bros. Universal and Paramount Pictures.

Main Photo: CEO Stefan Sonnefeld.