Post-production company CSS Studios has completed upgrades for its two large, feature film sound re-recording stages at Todd-AO Hollywood. In a related development, the company announced that three-time Academy Award-winning Re-recording Mixer Michael Minkler (pictured) would take up residency at the Hollywood facility.
“Mike Minkler is one of the most talented and accomplished re-recording mixers working today,” says Robert C. Rosenthal, president of CSS Studios. “Mike’s decision to move to the freshly upgraded Stage 1 is a crucial step in fortifying Todd-AO’s dominant position in Hollywood’s high-end feature film market and part of a broader strategy to respond decisively to the evolving needs of our clients.”
Todd-AO has just completed the installation of two Euphonix System 5 dual-operator consoles in Hollywood. Minkler is mixing Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds at the facility, together with re-recording mixer Tony Lamberti.
“CSS Studios and Todd-AO are committing a significant amount of resources to support Minkler and the Hollywood facility,” says Rosenthal. “Minkler’s presence in Hollywood allows us to provide filmmakers with exclusive access to top-tier creative talent, regardless of where they want to work—all seamlessly, inter-connected with the expansive creative and technical resources of the CSS Studios group.”
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work on Todd-AO’s historically significant Stage 1 in Hollywood,” says Minkler. “Following the recent upgrades to the feature film re-recording stages, Todd-AO Hollywood is an extremely attractive environment for filmmakers. “
The company did not offer any announcements regarding who will be selected to fill its high-end Stage 1 at Todd-AO West in Santa Monica, which Minkler vacates after a 15-year run. Minkler’s tenure at Todd-AO West included Academy Awards for Dreamgirls (2006) and Black Hawk Down (2001). Minkler’s Academy Award-winning work on Chicago (2002) was performed at CSS Studios’ Sound One facility in New York City.