Los Angeles, CA (January 12, 2006)–Widget Post Production announced that it is acquiring the 37,000-square-foot audio post facility formerly occupied by Warner Bros. and Goldwyn Sound at The Lot in Hollywood, extending its reach to reportedly become the largest independent audio post company in Southern California.
This acquisition adds four fully-equipped dubbing stages and more to Widget’s full-service 10,000-square-foot facility in West Los Angeles. Widget recently worked on the feature films The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, King Kong and Syriana, and with this new stage addition is more than doubling its capacity.
Conveniently located in West Hollywood, the new facility includes four large dubbing stages, an ADR stage, a Foley stage, a sound transfer department and a 130-seat screening room. The facility also includes offices available for rent by production companies working with Widget.
The new stages have housed mixes for more than 50 films acknowledged by the Academy Awards with nominations and statuettes for Best Sound. Recent films such as North Country, Four Brothers and Serenity as well as classic films like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Glory were mixed at these stages. ADR for Million Dollar Baby and The Matrix Reloaded were also recorded at the Lot in recent years. The Lot will remain operational throughout the transition with plans to add several technical and aesthetic upgrades to the facility in the near future.
Widget Post Production provides complete feature film and television sound editorial and audio restoration and continues to offer the services of industry-leading mix team Matthew Iadarola and Gary Gegan. Widget’s in-house Foley team includes mixer Lucy Sustar and artists Gregg Barbanell and Diane Marshall. The company plans to expand its staff and will be adding mixing teams and an ADR mixer based at The Lot in West Hollywood.