Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2009)–Longtime Hollywood executive Tom Kobayashi has joined Penteo as the company’s first chief financial officer. “Tom’s strong background, his strategic approach to business, and his outstanding reputation in the film and television industries are legendary,” said John Wheeler, Penteo’s president. “We are very excited to have Tom on the team.”
In addition, other audio stalwarts, Chris Stone and Tom Scott, have been hired in an official advisory capacity.
Penteo is a technology company that transforms stereo recordings, film and television soundtracks and live television broadcasts into true 5.1 surround sound. The company’s patent-pending technology process is featured in the film, Watchmen; Eddie Murphy’s upcoming film, A Thousand Words for Dreamworks; and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will premiere in the U.S. in August.
“Through the years, I have been approached with many ideas and plans for new technologies. Most of them never pan out,” Kobayashi said. “Penteo, however, is here to stay. I am looking forward to building a world-class company with this team. I believe this technology can change the world of entertainment audio as we know it.”
Kobayashi’s professional experience spans more than 30 years in the motion picture and television industry. Most notably he served for more than two decades as VP, then president and chief operating officer of Glen Glenn sound. He then went on to work with George Lucas, serving as vice president and general manager of Skywalker Sound, the post-production division of LucasArts/Lucasfilm at Skywalker Ranch in northern California.
In 1993, with Lucas’ blessing, Kobayashi utilized the technology first developed at Skywalker to found a new company, Entertainment Digital Network (EDnet) where he served as chairman and CEO until 2000.
“Tom Kobayashi is, without question, the perfect fit to help take Penteo to the next level,” Wheeler said.