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HSR Studios Names Beth Levy President

(August 03, 2001)
Nineteen years ago she joined the company as its receptionist. This week Beth Levy has been named President of HSR Studios (Howard Schwartz Recording, Inc.), one of the nation’s pre-eminent audio facilities serving feature film, advertising, television, radio, Internet, corporate and industrial clients, it was announced by Company Founder and CEO Howard Schwartz.

In her new post, Levy will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the 26-year-old HSR Studios and will use her operational and strategic expertise to maintain the company’s leadership position and grow the business in the years ahead. Her mandate is to take HSR to the next level, respond to clients needs and stay ahead of the industry curve.

Levy stopped by HSR one day in 1982 to pick up her roommate who was working in the company’s production department and met Howie Schwartz who offered her a job as the studio’s receptionist. Since graduating from the State University of New York at Brockport with a degree in communications, she had been working for Findlay Fine Jewelry (New York, NY), a buying house for department stores nationwide, first as a buyer in the watch and then diamond departments, but had wanted to pursue a career in the advertising business, so she took him up on his offer. Over the next 19 years Levy worked her way through the ranks as HSR Studios grew, becoming the Assistant Scheduler (1982 –1984), then Scheduler (1984 – 1994), and Studio Manager (1994 – 2001) before being named President of the facility.

In making the announcement Howard Schwartz explained, “In recent years HSR has expanded into casting, ADR for motion pictures and TV, video postproduction and multimedia, and plans continued growth in these and other areas. Beth’s background makes her a powerful ally for a company wanting to cultivate new market opportunities. With her assistance HSR will be able to better accommodate the numerous opportunities that come across our desks. Her client contact and attention to detail are great for Beth to have as tools. Her ears will tell her where we should be going. I am excited for her and for me. I will now, with her help, be able to concentrate on HSR’s future.”

For her part Levy added, “I have had the unique opportunity to watch this company grow from four studios to a 25,000 square foot facility housing fifteen audio-for-video and two casting studios. Today we have a staff of 45 including some of the most outstanding engineers, mixers, and sound designers in the country. I will be evaluating potential business opportunities and industry areas in which HSR Studios should be a player, as well as developing and implementing the necessary plans to get us there. This has been my family and my home for most of my adult life. The opportunity to guide HSR into a variety of new endeavors is very exciting for me.”

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