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Widget Post Acquires The Lot

Widget Post Production is acquiring the 37,000-square-foot audio post facility formerly
occupied by Warner Bros. and Goldwyn Sound at The Lot in Hollywood. 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. The new stages have housed mixes for more than 50 films
acknowledged by the Academy Awards with nominations and statuettes for
Best Sound.

“If the sound isn’t right, then you’re just wasting your time, adding
stress and probably losing a client,” comments Oscar-winner Jon Johnson, president of Fury & Grace, a feature sound editorial house. “When I complete a project at Widget, I
am confident that it will be done right and will play in any room and
translate perfectly in the Top Flight rooms. I’m really looking forward to working with Widget on The Lot. It’ll be a great collaboration of technology and Hollywood history. I completed American Gun at the Widget facility on La Cienega [Calif.] and the future option of more stage availability with the same dedication to client satisfaction is something I’m really looking forward to.”

“Working on the temp mixes for The Chronicles of Narnia at Widget was a
great experience,” comments Jonas Thaler, VP of post-production, Walden Media. “It is exciting to see the talented and dedicated Widget team expand into the Lot.”

The 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 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 has also
worked with mixers Jeffrey Perkins, Eric Justen, Gary Coppola, Derek
Marcil, and looks forward to a continued relationship with them and other
mixers in the community. 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.

“Taking over at The Lot is truly a dream come true,” comments Brian Slack, founder of Widget. “When we opened Widget, we set out to create an atmosphere that was warm and inviting and that offered top-quality technology and services. It is amazing that we have managed to achieve that goal—and take over one of the most prolific audio post facilities in the country in just five short years We are thankful to our industry peers who have welcomed us with open arms, our dedicated client base and talented team for helping us get here.”

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