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The Foundation Opens New Post Production Facility in Burbank

April 1, 2016 | By

The Foundation, a new full-service post house, has opened its doors in Burbank, Calif. The 5,700 square foot facility offers offline rentals, on-set, near-set and traditional dailies, online editing, color correction, visual effects, titling and delivery. Located in the heart of the city’s Media District, The Foundation will provide services for broadcast television, OTT content, music videos, commercials and feature film. The facility’s clients include ABC‘s The Real O’Neals, The CW‘s iZombie and the new 20th Century Fox series Shots Fired.

Co-founded by industry veterans Gareth Cook and Clifton Dugan, The Foundation has put together a team with years of experience. “The Foundation is bringing back the boutique facility in a new and more powerful way,” said Cook, managing partner and senior colorist for The Foundation. “Our team has an incredibly extensive background in post, from the days of film to the development of today’s file-based workflows. With workflows constantly changing and deliverables multiplying rapidly, our goal is to bring efficiencies to the process, giving clients the freedom to explore inspiration and creativity. Our size allows us to adjust and move nimbly to really meet our customers’ needs, and today’s technology allows us to deliver the same services as the larger facilities, but in a much more client-friendly environment.”

The Foundation is the result of a partnership between Sixteen19 and Vortechs, with both partner companies providing supporting services to the new Burbank facility. Sixteen19 has locations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, London and Vancouver, providing location-based dailies, DI color and VFX services. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Gareth, Cliff and Vortechs in The Foundation,” noted Peter Conlin, managing partner at Sixteen19.  “The Foundation gives us the perfect link between our facility in New York and our other offices, as we continue to expand to support our clients’ evolving, global needs.”

Los Angeles-based Vortechs began as an Avid rental and support company. “The Foundation will help us provide our clients with the additional services they have been asking for,” said Jim Longeretta, managing partner of Vortechs. “Partnering with The Foundation allows us to expand our offerings, while maintaining the high level of quality we are known for.”

The state-of-the-art facility is outfitted with gear from Avid, Autodesk and Blackmagic Design. “We’ve invested in the equipment we need to get the job done, but it is the way our team is deploying the gear that is really important,” said Dugan, managing partner and head of business development for The Foundation. “Our director of engineering, John Stevens, and technical director, Dan Aguilar, have used their combined knowledge to push the envelope of technology to enhance a client’s experience. The gear is important, but The Foundation is built on our very talented team. It’s the people that make the difference.”

Cook’s career as a senior colorist has spanned over 20 years. He has worked at Technicolor, Laser Pacific Media Corp., MTI Film and Ascent Media. His credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Dugan has spent over 25 years in the television and film industry focusing on postproduction. Prior to The Foundation, Dugan served as vice president of technical sales at Technicolor, EVP of Laser Pacific’s television division, and vice president of sales and marketing at Ascent Media.

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