Hollywood, CA (November 29, 2006)–Todd-AO Studios (an Ascent Media Group company) announced that four-time Academy Award-winning sound re-recording mixer Gary Summers will be joining the company. Summers, whose most recent projects include Cars and the upcoming Charlotte’s Web, will be primarily based on the legendary Stage 1 at Todd-AO Hollywood.
“Gary Summers is a formidable creative talent,” said Robert C. Rosenthal, chief operating officer for Ascent Media’s sound facilities. “Having Gary decide to join Todd-AO is a high compliment and a strong vote of confidence in our people and our business.”
Summers is no stranger to Todd-AO. Over the years, he has mixed several projects on Todd-AO’s stages. “I have tremendous respect for Todd-AO, both in terms of the facilities they operate–and the creative environment they have built,” said Summers. “It’s very stimulating to be around incredibly talented people who care so deeply about their work.”
Notably, Summers credits his recent experience mixing Charlotte’s Web with Todd-AO re-recording mixer Scott Millan as a catalyst for his desire to join the company. Millan, who also serves as senior vice president of operations for Todd-AO, suggested the idea. “Gary’s professionalism, creativity and positive energy are contagious,” said Scott Millan. “Our clients and staff very much enjoy working with Gary and I know he will thrive as a permanent part of our group.”
Summers’ career began in 1979, when he was employed by LucasFilm Ltd., as a sound assistant on The Empire Strikes Back. In 1983, Summers took his seat behind the mixing console as a Re-recording Mixer on The Return of the Jedi, which earned him his very first Academy Award nomination.
With a total of seven Academy Award nominations, Summers is a four-time Oscar winner for Best Sound, including for Saving Private Ryan (1998), Titanic (1997), Jurassic Park (1993) and Terminator 2 (1993).