Postproduction sound company TODD-SOUNDELUX announced it has reached an agreement to extend the lease term by 10 years for its Todd-AO West facility, located at Lantana in Santa Monica. Additionally, the lease added new space adjacent to Todd-AO West, creating Soundelux West for the company’s sound editorial presence. The new space will house some of the company’s creative talent, including supervising sound editors Wylie Stateman and Peter Brown.
“Todd-AO and Soundelux are both equally critical to our strategic plans to further enhance our position as the destination of choice for postproduction sound services,” said David Alfonso, owner of TODD-SOUNDELUX. “Our extended and expanded presence in the Westside creative community signals a tangible and meaningful commitment to providing content creators with a strong, full-service creative and technical sound partner.”
“The Todd-AO West location at Lantana is a time-tested facility which has repeatedly proven itself capable of rising to meet the evolving demands of projects of any size and complexity,” said Dennis Mahoney, a partner at Empire Investment Holdings, the parent company of TODD- SOUNDELUX. Along with Mark Robinson and Arlene Sommer, of Cushman & Wakefield, Mahoney led the company’s negotiations with building owner Jamestown.
“The Santa Monica market remains one of the most vibrant in the country, attracting and retaining an exceptional work force serving the entertainment, media and technology sectors,” Robinson said. “The decision by TODD- SOUNDELUX to expand its service offerings in this submarket is a clear affirmation of the company’s long-term commitment to the creative community, and a willingness by its owner to make a substantial financial investment in the company’s facilities and technical infrastructure.”
Todd-AO West consists of five mixing stages, one ADR stage, one Foley stage and a number of production offices and editorial rooms. Todd-AO West has recently completed significant technical upgrades to its stages and services a variety of feature film and television projects, including titles such as Iron Man 3, Last Vegas, Lone Survivor, Nashville, and HBO’s Girls.
The company expects to make significant investments in physical and technical upgrades as it develops the facility.