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Todd-AO Upgrades Television Mixing Facilities in Burbank and Hollywood

(August 30, 2010)
DMN Newswire--2010-8-30--Todd-AO, Hollywood's leading independent post-production sound company, has completed the final phase in its upgrade to its facilities for episodic television. Five television mixing stages at the company's Todd-AO Burbank facility have been fitted with new Avid ICON controllers. The controllers  complement Avid Pro Tools digital audio workstations and Projection Designs HD projection systems previously installed on the stages. Similar upgrades have been made to a television mixing stage at Todd-AO's Hollywood facility. Todd-AO provides creative sound services for such shows as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Entourage, " "Mad Men" and "Family Guy."
The upgrades achieve standardization of technology across Todd-AO's television operations using the industry's most sophisticated tools. "We don't add technology to be fashionable; we do so solely to maximize benefits for our clients," said Bill Johnston, Senior Vice President of Engineering at CSS Studios, Todd-AO's parent company. Johnston added that the new consoles and audio workstations will streamline workflows and provide added flexibility to mixing sessions.
Three studios at Todd-AO Burbank have been equipped with Avid ICON D-Control consoles, while two others have been equipped with ICON D-Command consoles. All five stages have identical Pro Tools HD DAWS and Projection Designs F30 HD digital projectors. The stages with the D-Control consoles will also be equipped for feature film mixing. "These are significant improvements and in line with industry expectations," Johnston observed. "The Pro Tools engines and HD projectors are tools required by our clients; now we've enabled our mixers to do their work more efficiently."
Todd-AO was among the first facilities in Hollywood to employ Pro Tools technology for episodic television, having installed an earlier version of the system at its Burbank facility in 2000. The system has since become a standard tool in television production.

Hollywood, California-based CSS Studios(r) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.  CSS Studios provides creative services to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and interactive producers.  The services of CSS Studios are marketed under the brand names Todd-AO, Sound One, Soundelux, POP Sound, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge, with facilities in Los Angeles and New York.  With more than 50 years of experience in providing creative sound services and technical solutions, the companies, collectively, have garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Academy Awards(r).

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