Supervising sound editor Michael Benavente has joined Soundelux. Benavente arrives with more than 40 credits as a supervising sound editor, including the comedies No Strings Attached, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Idiocracy. He also served as ADR Supervisor on Moneyball, recently nominated for an Academy Award for sound mixing. His latest project is Think Like a Man for director Tim Story, due for release in April.
“We have been fans of Michael Benavente for many years, and are very pleased to welcome him to the Soundelux family,” said Robert C. Rosenthal, president of CSS Studios, Soundelux’s parent company. “His work is excellent, and he enjoys wide respect as an artist and professional within the sound community.”
A graduate of the film school at UCLA, Benavente has worked in feature film sound for more than 20 years. He got his start as an assistant sound editor on the popular television shows Dallas and Knots Landing. He went on to work as a sound editor, foley editor and dialogue editor before earning his first credit as supervising sound editor on the 1998 film Doctor Dolittle. Other notable credits include Bad Santa, Catch and Release and Charlie’s Angels.
Benavente won a Golden Reel award for his work on Beauty and the Beast and was most recently nominated for his work on Moneyball. He has extensive experience as an ADR editor and serves in that role on many of the films he supervises.
Benavente said that he was attracted to Soundelux by its reputation for excellence and commitment to nurturing the careers of sound professionals. “There are so many talented artists at Soundelux, many of whom I’ve known and respected for a long time,” he said. “I look forward to working side by side with them and collaborating on great projects.”