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Academy Award Winning Engineer Jim Houston Dies

March 28, 2020 | By
Academy Award Winning Engineer Jim Houston Dies

With great sadness, the Hollywood Section of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced the passing of its long-time member Jim Houston. A 34-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Houston held senior engineering positions with several studios and prominent post-production facilities, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pacific Title & Art, Walt Disney... »

Visionary Artist Syd Mead Dies At 86

January 2, 2020 | By
Visionary Artist <em>Syd Mead</em> Dies At 86

Production designer and visionary artist Syd Mead passed away peacefully at his home in Pasadena, California on Monday, December 30, 2019. Roger Servick, his spouse and business partner of 40 years was by his side and recalls his last words “I’m done here, they’re coming to take me back”.  He was 86 years old. Mead... »

Matthews Co-Founder and President Ed Phillips Dies at 72

June 28, 2019 | By
Matthews Co-Founder and President <em>Ed Phillips</em> Dies at 72

At 72 years old, Ed Phillips, who helped start Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) in 1969 and presided as President for nearly 50 years, died Saturday, June 22nd. The cause of death was not reported by his family. He had an active career defining grip standards and developing new products; and innovating to standardize the... »

Tribute to Founder Jim Flynn

April 12, 2019 | By
Tribute to Founder <em>Jim Flynn</em>

Jim Flynn, Founder of Pro-Sound NYC, passed away on February 11th of this year at the age of 62, following a period of deteriorating health, leaving behind his wife Jo Ann and his son Logan. Jim’s 35+ year career began at Audio Techniques, and then Martin Audio. He then ran the rental department at... »

Production Designer William Creber Dies

March 14, 2019 | By
Production Designer <em>William Creber</em> Dies

At age 87, three-time Oscar-nominated Production Designer/Art Director William Creber died in Los Angeles on March 7th of complications from pneumonia after a prolonged illness. He was best known for his work on the original Planet of the Apes (1968) followed by Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and Escape from the Planet... »

Thomas Popp Passes Away

December 18, 2018 | By
Thomas Popp Passes Away

Long-time ARRI employee, Thomas Popp passed away on Dec. 3. »

Please Raise a Glass This Week to The Legend That is Anne V. Coates, ACE

May 11, 2018 | By
Please Raise a Glass This Week to The Legend That is Anne V. Coates, ACE

      The talented, innovative British editor Anne V. Coates had already been an established filmmaker and indispensable creative collaborator when David Lean handpicked her to handle 35 miles of footage that was to be molded into Lawrence of Arabia. While Coates was working in London at the time, and Lean was shooting... »

Obituary for Emmy Winner & Oscar Nominee Edward Abroms

February 17, 2018 | By
Obituary for Emmy Winner & Oscar Nominee Edward Abroms

Respected member of the film and television production community Edward Abroms passed away February 13th, 2018. An award-winning editor with nearly four decades of experience, Abroms was also an active member of the production community’s most prestigious organizations, inducing the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy... »

MPSE-Obituary for Paul Rodriguez

October 2, 2017 | By
MPSE-Obituary for Paul Rodriguez

Paul Rodriguez 1952-2017. Motion picture and television sound executive Paul Rodriguez passed away September 26th in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest after a brief hospitalization. He was 65. Rodriguez was president of South Lake Audio Services and Vice President of Audio Services and Development at Roundabout Entertainment in Burbank where he oversaw post-production sound... »

Ed Greene Obituary

August 25, 2017 | By
Ed Greene Obituary

We mourn the loss of an important contributor to the arts and to the sound and music community, especially. Edward J. Greene, CAS – multiple award-winning mixer in television production, post production and audio system design consultant Ed Greene died peacefully in Los Angeles on August 9th, with his family by his side. He... »

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