November 27, 2013

HOBO Audio Captures Powerful Sonic Mood For Intense New HISTORY Documentary Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live

NEW YORK, NY – While there is no shortage of media coverage surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, few look at it from the perspective of Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours To Live, a two-hour special premiering Friday, November 22 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY® featuring audio post/sound design by HOBO Audio.

“This is not a traditional documentary – the film’s dramatic re-creations and cinematography make for very compelling viewing,” says Howard Bowler, President of HOBO. “The challenge for us was to find the best moments to amp up the tension, and conversely, to know when to let other moments breathe. This, like our other work with HISTORY, is very rewarding thanks to the quality of their productions. It’s an honor to be a part of such a finely tuned storytelling process.”

Directed, produced and written by Anthony Giacchino (based on the book by Steven M Gillon), Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours To Live is a minute-by-minute account of the final two days of Oswald’s life – his attempt to flee, his capture by the police, and the grueling interrogation by the Dallas police detectives prior to being shot by Jack Ruby – a chapter of history that raised more questions than it answered.

The production stands out as the first documentary to tell Oswald’s story by filming inside the Dallas Municipal Building, where the old Dallas Police Department was housed.  It’s also the first film to accurately portray Oswald’s interrogation inside Captain Will Fritz’s actual office.

Working with music licensed from the Extreme Music catalog, Chris Stangroom, HOBO’s Senior Audio Engineer, headed the audio mix for the film, which included sound design, audio clean up of archival footage and ADR. For Stangroom, the key to the project was finding ways to match the powerful visuals shot by Giacchino.

“The film is so inspired visually, with moody re-creations of pivotal scenes and dramatic slow-motion footage that heighten the tension,” Stangroom says. “I felt I had to raise my game with the sound.”

For Giacchino, this project represents the fourth consecutive film he’s entrusted to HOBO, and it looks like just the beginning.

“Music and sound is such a big part of any film, and HOBO has great creative sensibilities -- they never push it into cheesy, over-the-top ways,” Giacchino says. “I trust them and their audio judgement immensely.”

About HOBO Audio:
HOBO is an audio post production company dedicated to creating an exceptional listening experience. The company has earned the trust of some of the most iconic brands and companies in the world. Make yourself at HOBO.

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September 13, 2013

Music Production Library Endo Music Song “There Were Times” Heard In "Jobs" Film And Soundtrack

Endo Music, the diverse music production library known for its work in feature films, network television and advertising, has placed the song “There Were Times” in the new Steve Jobs bio pic "JOBS" starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad opening August 16, 2013.

Co-Written and performed by Endo Music Founder/CEO Freddy Monday, (along with Rick Horvath and Randall H. Light), “There Were Times” perfectly captures the jangly guitars and stacked vocal harmony driven sound of 70s-era California rock. The song is featured early in the film when Jobs is working at Atari and just beginning to develop the ideas that would come to define Apple.

“The 70's vibe was always there from the beginning,” Monday says, “but when the Endo team got together on it we took it even further adding the 12-string guitar riffs and three part chorus harmonies. The mood of the song for me is a yearning for a time passed and a feeling of isolation from choices made, and it works very well in the film.”

In addition to being heard in the film, “There Were Times” is also on the film soundtrack record, which also features classics from Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, REO Speedwagon and Toad The Wet Sprocket.

Founded by Monday and COO/Composer Phil Cimino, Endo Music boasts a collective of 25 top composers and musicians that specialize in quality customized music in all genres for Film, TV and Advertising. Their work can be heard in shows ranging from CBS’ “The Young and The Restless”, USA Network’s “Burn Notice,” TNT’s “Dark Blue” and TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras,” as well as the upcoming film "The Bronx Bull," a prequel to "Raging Bull" opening November 2.

Additionally, Monday is an accomplished solo artist with three albums available via iTunes. His latest single “Me Are You Are Me” will be available on iTunes October 8.

“Our musical approach to JOBS was one of authenticity in the aesthetic of the life of Steve Jobs and story we were telling,” Mason Cooper, Executive in Charge of Music, Five Star Features, Pasadena, CA, says. “Freddy has amazing creative sensibilities as an artist. In addition to his great talent and sound, his music captures the authenticity and spirit of the period that we needed for the film. It worked perfectly.”

About Endo Music
Endo Music is a diverse music production library creating high quality compositions for Film, TV and Advertising. Their creative team collectively features over 25 composers and musicians that provide original customized music in all genres. Endo also publishes a vast library of songs, cues and Instrumentals for all production media needs. For more information visit

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June 13, 2013

DuArt Names Craig Gordon Senior Editor

Award-Winning Editor Brings Accomplished Capabilities to Renowned New York City Post House

NEW YORK, NY – DuArt (, New York City’s comprehensive video, digital media, and film post facility, announced that it has added Craig Gordon as Senior Editor

A highly experienced video and film editor, Gordon brings 20+ years of post production expertise to his new position at DuArt, with recognition industry-wide for his deep knowledge of HD and award-winning accomplishments as a creative editor. Prior to joining DuArt, Gordon was HD Specialist/Editor for Brass Monkey Post (BMP), where he edited a wide range of projects including commercials, feature films, corporate videos, promo packages, music videos, documentaries, episodic television and museum exhibitions. Before BMP, Gordon was Head of HD development and the HD project manager for Rhinopost in New York.

Gordon’s credits include a number of high-profile projects, including the Academy Award-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner film Trouble the Water;  the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Award-winner Fahrenheit 9/11 directed by Michael Moore; and the acclaimed documentary A League of Ordinary Gentlemen. His extensive TV portfolio includes series for CBS, A&E, MTV, History Channel, PBS and Discovery.

Craig Gordon will be available to all of DuArt’s clients, from non-fiction television to independent documentaries and more. His addition marks the latest expansion of DuArt’s complete post production offerings.

“DuArt provides all of the services and resources that clients need today,” Gordon says. “You can work here on an extremely wide variety of formats, with an experienced and dedicated in-house support staff at the ready. We make it easy for clients to produce and post produce short-, medium-, and long-term projects, and realize significant cost savings along the way.

“This is a great time to be at DuArt,” Gordon adds. “They’ve successfully transitioned from being one of the largest film labs on the East Coast, to being recognized as a premier provider of digital content services.”

About DuArt:

DuArt is a full service post facility in NYC, servicing the broadcast and film industries. Operating out of their 12-story building in midtown Manhattan, DuArt provides video editing, color correct, voice recording, casting, 3D editing, direction for animation, music scoring, sound design, film and audio restoration, production space, and more. Since being established in 1922, DuArt has finished thousands of the world’s most loved feature films, documentaries, festival releases and television shows.      

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March 20, 2013

Calabash Animation Blow-Up The Moon In Latest For Lucky Charms

Award-Winning Studio's Latest Project For General Mills Amps Up The Energy And The Creativity

CHICAGO, IL - Apparently the moon is made of Lucky Charms cereal pieces - at least it is in the fantasy world found in "Paper Moon" -- the new CG animated ad brought to life by Calabash Animation ( for General Mills. The spot was created by agency Saatchi & Saatchi, New York.

"With each new Lucky Charms spot we try to build on the last one, not only story-wise but technically as well," Sean Henry, Calabash Animation's Executive Producer explains. "We always want to push it creatively and come up new ways of exploring the Lucky Charms world. For "Paper Moon", we really pushed the camera movement because we wanted to keep the energy and pace high. There are few static shots. The spot is alive and dynamic throughout."

"Paper Moon" is set amid an ancient astrological ruin -- complete with Stonehenge type slabs of rock, and marble surface revealing detailed inscriptions of Lucky Charms cereal pieces. It is there we find Lucky the Leprechaun summoning his rainbow powers to create the six new moon-shaped pieces now found in Lucky Charms.

Interrupted by those kids who are "always after his Lucky Charms," the chase is on -- until Lucky stumbles and accidentally focuses his book of magic on the moon, causing it to explode and rain cereal to the delight of the kids. The spot ends with Lucky surfing a rainbow and using the book to recapture the cereal and make his getaway.

"We had a huge challenge in making the moon blow up with all these cereal bits flying out everywhere," Wayne Brejcha, Calabash Creative Director says. "We used new software plug-ins to fragment the moon's sphere and send the pieces tumbling in every direction. The camera move was poetic and dizzying, and it works dramatically."

Brejcha adds, "We painstakingly choreographed the characters to fit this constantly moving perspective and made many revisions to get it working as smoothly as possible. From the character's perspective we wanted to push the performance of the kids and Lucky to a higher level."

About Calabash Animation:
Led by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry, Calabash Animation, Inc. ( is the Chicago, Il-based animation production studio, known for its award-winning cel, 3D and stopmotion animation for the advertising and entertainment industries. Calabash Animation is perhaps best known for their creative development of some of America's most beloved brand icons. In addition to working on some of today's top advertising the company has also produced several acclaimed short films. It's 2002 short ''Stubble Trouble'' was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002.

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Creative Credits:
Client: General Mills/Lucky Charms
Project: "Paper Moon" (:30)

Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, New York

Animation: Calabash Animation, Chicago, IL
Animation Director: Wayne Brejcha
Executive Producer: Sean Henry

March 19, 2013

Stephen Arnold Music Launches Little Kids Rock Benefit Drive On Facebook

Sonic Branding Company Will Donate $1 by for Each New "Like" Up to $5000 Goal

DALLAS - When programs like Little Kids Rock(tm) ( - the national nonprofit that's transforming children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools -- work so well, people want to get involved.

That's why Stephen Arnold Music (, the leader in sonic branding, is spearheading a new effort to raise $5,000 for the organization.

Simply go to their special Facebook page at, and Stephen Arnold Music will donate $1 for each new "Like" that the campaign receives, all the way to $5,000.

Simple as that. Everyone who "Likes" the Facebook page will be helping Little Kids Rock to partner with school districts. Little Kids Rock trains public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donates all of the instruments and resources necessary to run full-fledged music programs.

Stephen Arnold Music first found a meaningful way to give back to Little Kids Rock in 2012: They released The Six Strings of Christmas (, an album of virtuoso guitar performances where 100% of the proceeds support the New Jersey-based nonprofit organization.

Stephen Arnold Music's sonic branding has been central to the identity of such clients as Nexstar Broadcasting, Fox Business Channel, CNN, The Weather Channel, and a full 35% of all US local TV markets.

"Kids are the next sonic branders, and we want to keep encouraging them to be creative with music," Stephen Arnold, President of Stephen Arnold Music says. "The Facebook campaign is underway, and it's been a fun and easy way to get people involved. No need to write a check -- just click and we'll cover it."

About Stephen Arnold Music:
As a multiple Emmy, Addy and Promax Gold award-winning music production company, Stephen Arnold Music has over 20 years of success in delivering the sounds that make a difference to networks, television stations, advertising agencies, film studios and video game companies the world over. The company's Commanding Sonic Branding approach to music production and commitment to industry-leading service is at the core of its promise. For more information, please visit

March 8, 2013

IKA Collective Produces Powerful Launch Campaign For New FOX Thriller THE FOLLOWING

Creative Production/Post Hybrid Transforms Industrial Property into Multiple Television Stages For One-Day Shoot With Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and 100 Additional Cast And Crew

NEW YORK, NY -- For the launch of the new psychological drama THE FOLLOWING, which marks Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award-nominated actor Kevin Bacon's primetime series debut, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) again turned to the creative production/post studio hybrid IKA Collective to produce one of the multi-spot promo campaigns that led to the series' highly-rated premiere. IKA had previously worked on successful series launch promo campaigns for several other FOX series, including NEW GIRL, RAISING HOPE and THE MINDY PROJECT. They also produced the extravagant promo for last season's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE premiere.

"We're proud that FOX again entrusted us with this crucial series launch," Ian Karr, Founder/Director at IKA Collective and Executive Producer on this project, says. "Launches are a huge deal -- for the networks and for IKA. Whether it's assembling an A-list team, or coming up with creative solutions to logistical and production challenges, we thrive in that high-stakes environment."

Directed by Kerry Shaw Brown and lensed by Anthony Arendt, production on the two promos (entitled "Footsteps" and "The Raven") proved especially challenging because it called for multiple, visually unique promos to be shot in just one day. That meant finding a location that not only captured the sense of urban dystopia that drives the creative, but one that also provided enough space to build a jail cell and an FBI office set.

Karr and his production team used an abandoned grain elevator in Brooklyn as the primary location for the sequence in which series co-star James Purefoy and his many followers walk through a graffiti-filled, decaying building, leaving behind bloody footprints as they walk toward a stone-faced Bacon. The other sets were built in an adjacent structure, creating a "pop-up" production studio on the Brooklyn waterfront.

"The FOX team came to us with epic creative concepts and everyone performed at their very highest level," Karr adds. "The spots turned out great and more than 20 million viewers tuned in for the premiere. It doesn't get much better than that."

About IKA Collective:
Founded by noted brand strategist/director Ian Karr, IKA Collective is more than a production company. IKA Collective is all about communicating in a way that entertains and gets results. Our facility includes a live insert stage, five edit rooms, digital color grading, graphics, compositing and audio mixing suites, allowing us to deliver great work at budgets that make sense in every medium. Recent clients include Discovery Channel, United Airlines, Hallmark Channel and Penguin Publishing. For more information go to

Airing Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), THE FOLLOWING is a fast-paced psychological thriller that follows a former FBI agent who is called out of retirement to track down a devious and diabolical serial killer, the mastermind behind an ever-growing web of murderers.

THE FOLLOWING is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega ("Dexter," "The Vampire Diaries") also serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot.

"Like" THE FOLLOWING on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @TheFollowingFOX and join the discussion at #thefollowing.

Creative Credits:
Client: FOX Television
Project: THE FOLLOWING promo campaign -- "Footsteps" and "The Raven"
(both :45s)

Agency: FOX Television, Hollywood, CA
VP On-Air Creative: Julio Cabral
VP of Production - Special Ops: Golareh Safarian

Production: IKA Collective, New York, NY
Executive Producer: Ian Karr
Director: Kerry Shaw Brown
Producer: Gary Kout
Director of Photography: Anthony Arendt

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January 17, 2013

New Napoleon Group Studio Reimagines Production

 Acclaimed Company Blurs The Lines Between Pre-viz And Post With A Smarter Studio In-Tune With Contemporary Agency Needs

NEW YORK, NY - Seizing on the opportunity for growth and expansion within their industry, The Napoleon Group ( -- the leading pre-viz and post production studio led by Founder Marty Napoleon and President Douglas Miller - has created a one-of-a-kind contemporary office design and technology infrastructure. The Napoleon Group opened its new doors at 48 West 25th St in New York's Flatiron district in early January 2013.

The new space will occupy over 14,000 square feet across two floors in the former corporate offices of fashion designer Kate Spade. Featuring 8 Avid Symphony Workstations, a Vicon Motion Capture system, and a large green screen stage, the space will be seamlessly tied together with a state of the art fiber cabling.

For Napoleon Group Creative Director Ken Kresge, the real innovation is the open and collaborative space that the new office presents. Creatives can work with over 40 artists in a space that is perfectly suited to the changing nature of the advertising business.

"Over the years we've adapted to the needs of our clients and streamlined every part of our process," Kresge says. "Everything about the way we approach workflow has been tailored and customized --the only thing left was our space. It's the final piece in a puzzle we've been working on for a long time, and we can't wait the fruits of our labor with our clients."

Perry Morton, Napoleon Group's Head of Production, adds that while the company will always offer a traditional edit or animation suite for clients that prefer to work one-on-one with their favorite editor or designer, the new space takes into account the growing collaborative team based workflows now trending in pre-viz.

"Our clients are collaborating more, and we're shifting our business model to accommodate that changing dynamic," Morton says. "That means a workspace where we can put together a specific team of editors, animators and producers that perfectly suits the needs of a particular assignment."

Napoleon's new project-centric space includes:

• An acoustically designed for low noise, open seating arrangement that is dotted with numerous, "brainstorming booths" - small conference rooms perfect for idea sharing or a private conversation;

• A full-service green screen production stage, complete with a Vicon motion capture system, allowing for sophisticated animation and complex camera setups;

• An In-house software development team that will build seamless pipelines with workflow shortcuts through Autodesk Maya, Avid, Final Cut, and Adobe's Creative Suite.

For Maciej Maciak, The Napoleon Group's Director of Technology and Engineering, the new space is all about being faster and more flexible with technology resources.

"Pre-viz is unlike any other post production discipline because things change quickly and our creatives need to respond fast, and that means giving them access to all of our technology resources any time, any where," Maciak says. "It's no longer about this room being an edit suite or that one a Flame suite --the technology follows the project, the project doesn't follow the technology." 

About The Napoleon Group:
The Napoleon Group ( is the established leader of post production services in art, test, audio and broadcast. We provide creative direction and strong story telling skills to a wide spectrum of media. We bring care and craftsmanship to every project and take pride in achieving the highest quality product.

As experts in test advertising we work with you to select the right style to realize your creative concept and meet the practical needs of the brand. Whether the style is 3D, illustrative or live action, our team of seasoned professionals will ensure that your ideas earn the highest possible test scores.

In a volatile industry, trust the experience and vision of The Napoleon Group.