Veteran mixers Glenn Navia, Henri Perotti and Bill Smith and musicdirector Andrew Knox have joined New York City-based HSR Studios. HSRStudios serves feature film, advertising, television, radio, Internet,and corporate and industrial clients.
For the new hires, company founder and CEO Howard Schwartz rebuiltfour of his 15 audio-for-video studios and has invested in threeFairlight DREAM (Digital Recording Editing and Mixing) Satellitedigital audio workstations, a Fairlight MediaLink server and aFairlight ServerSound library system, the M Soft sound effects andstock music database, two new Digidesign Pro Tools with ProControllers, and three new Soundtracs digital mixing consoles,including two Soundtracs DPC-IIs and a Soundtracs DS-3 console.
“I scouted Glenn, Henri, Bill and Andrew for a number of years,”explained Schwartz. “Now, the timing is right. Having lived throughfour ownerships, they were looking for continuity, a place where theycould count on the management. Their skills perfectly complement thoseof our other staff mixers/sound designers Fernando Ascani, Bill Higley,Roy Latham, Kevin O’Leary, John MacDonald, George Meyer, Steve Rosenand Brian Tarner. They bring a great client base that enhances our own,and they instantly fit in with our culture. The addition of thistalented quartet to our team gives HSR Studios the strongest, mostcreative staff to be found anywhere in our industry.”
Navia has taken up residence in HSR’s Studio 12. For eight years atSuperdupe, Navia lent his expertise and concentrated his skills oncommercial and promo projects for television and radio campaigns forcable networks including ESPN, HBO, MTV, VHl and Nickelodeon, as wellas advertising agencies including BBDO, Young & Rubicam, DDBNeedham, FCB and Bozell.
Today, Perotti is ensconced in HSR’s Studio B, after 23 years atSuperdupe, where he lent his talents to a wide range of television andradio campaigns for the country’s foremost advertising agencies,including BBDO, Ammirati Puris Lintas, Young & Rubicam, Kirshenbaum& Bond, Saatchi & Saatchi, Devito Verdi and DDB Needham, amongmany others.
HSR’s Studio 7 is home to Smith who, at Superdupe for the last 18years, mixed for high-end clients including Young & Rubicam, AristaRecords, BBDO and DDB Needham, among others. Smith took a five-yearbreak from mixing and worked as a producer for CBS Records CreativeServices doing commercials.
Knox has settled into HSR’s music library studio. “This is a newarea for us,” explained Beth Levy, president of HSR Studios. “WithAndrew onboard, clients can have a more personal, hands-on interactionwhen picking music and sound effects. Andrew has a thorough knowledgeof all the libraries and an intense musical background, and clients canfeel comfortable having their music needs met, whether it is from ourmyriad libraries or original compositions.” Knox joined Superdupe inNovember 1998, as music director evaluating projects and makingrecommendations for clients including BBDO, Young & Rubicam, ESPN,MTV, VH1, Deutsch, Lowe/Lintas, Sawyer Miller Group and Sudler &Hennessey.
HSR Studios is headquartered at 420 Lexington Ave., Suite 1934, NewYork, NY 10170; 212/687-4180; fax 212/697-1675.