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Pomann Sound Keeps Little Bill Playing Through Second Season

(August 20, 2001)
New York post production and sound design facility Pomann Sound, has moved onto its second season of mixing and sound design for Nick Jr.’s hit animated series Little Bill. Broadcast daily on Nick Jr. and Saturday mornings on CBS, Little Bill is
holding the top ratings spot on Saturday mornings among kid viewers ages 2 – 5.

“Pomann Sound’s creativity and fast turn-around has played an important role in the production of Little Bill, with the first season serving as a foundation for not only the relationship between Nickelodeon and Pomann, but as a foundation for the show’s personality,” comments Brian Street, coordinating producer for Little Bill. “Pomann Sound is a sound design and mix facility willing to accommodate and adapt to the show as it evolved over time, and they helped Little Bill’s first season with matching methodologies, problem solving, and setting a tone for the voices and sound. Pomann was wonderful in adopting the sound we wanted: a real-life city environment matched with signature fantasy transitions. Our second season is about streamlining and making things happen more efficiently and with greater ease, and Pomann will continue to be instrumental in this process.”

Little Bill is a digitally created, animated show with a new episode completed every two weeks. At any one time, 12 to14 shows will be active at various stages with a final delivery of 26 shows per cycle. With such a huge volume of material to deal with, Street feels Pomann has been very successful in developing a variety of systems to prep the pieces and digitally send them to Nickelodeon.

“Pomann’s purchase of the DSP system was a huge step for us and our production work,” adds Street. “With the help of Pomann’s engineers and DSP programmers we have developed a transfer protocol for the prepped audio packages that cuts our prep time to a fraction of what it used to be. The ability to handle such an immense volume of animation, audio and prep work is an impressive feat for any post studio, and we are pleased that we found one studio that could also offer outstanding sound design and mix capabilities.”

Pomann Sound’s ability to handle large volumes of work, and long history as one of New York’s key players in cartoon sound design and mixing, made the facility appealing to Nickelodeon. “Pomann is working a full package deal for us,” comments Nisma Zaman, line producer for Little Bill. “They are an integral part in bringing Little Bill’s world to life, and they take the time to find specific sounds for us in their expansive sound library-like the stair creaks for each character or the sound of a child climbing a jungle gym. Pomann’s abundant creativity is complemented by its understanding of subtlety in the big picture.”

Pomann Sound is a full–service audio post production facility serving clients with a full range of services including sound design, direction, casting, music searching, recording, editing and mixing for commercial radio and television, long–format television, motion pictures and film and television animation.

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