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Sim Expands New York Facility

Additions include a broadcast mix suite with 7.1 Dolby Atmos capability.

ASC Staff

Additions include a broadcast mix suite with 7.1 Dolby Atmos capability.

Sim has completed a major expansion of its postproduction facility in New York City. Additions include three broadcast audio mix suites, one with Dolby Atmos capability; an ADR/VO recording studio; two broadcast color-correcting bays and an online editorial finishing bay.

Sim New York is also growing its offline-rentals department, which provides onsite editing systems and related technology to film and television productions. 

“We are responding to an acute need for more high-quality post services in New York, especially for television,” says Kim Spikes, partner and vice president of Sim New York. “New York has always been busy with independent film and documentary production, but television production has risen sharply thanks in part to tax incentives offered by the state. Our new sound and picture resources are designed to meet the finishing and delivery needs of those scripted productions.”

Spikes adds that the success of Sim’s audio facility in Toronto was also a catalyst for the New York expansion.

Sim New York’s audio department now serves as the base of operations for re-recording mixers Keith Hodne, Sue Pelino and Dan Ricci and assistant audio engineer Ryan Schumer. The centerpiece of the expansion is a broadcast mix suite with 7.1 Dolby Atmos capability. It features an Avid Icon D-Command 24-channel mixing console, an Avid Pro Tools 12 workstation and Focusrite RedNet Dante for audio networking.

Two other new mix suites, set up to support 5.1 Surround Sound and pre-wired for future Atmos expansion, also feature Avid Icon D-Command consoles, Pro Tools 12 and Focusrite/Dante networking. A new ADR/VO studio can accommodate as many as five actors.

On the picture side, the two new color bays are identically configured with DaVinci Resolve 15 on Linux with Advanced Panels and Sony BVM-X300 HDR OLED monitors. The online room is equipped with an Avid editorial finishing workstation.

The new resources add to an existing picture-finishing department that includes a 4K theater with dual-use capability for color grading and audio mixing and four other suites for color correction, online editorial and visual-effects finishing.

The facility’s picture staff includes online editor Anthony Verderame, senior colorist Rob Sciarratta and senior conform artist Tif Luckenbill. Sim expects to add more senior talent soon, according to Spikes.

Recent credits for Sim New York include Godfather of Harlem for ABC and Epix, The Last Dance for ESPN & Netflix, Watergate for History Channel and Motherless Brooklyn for Warner Bros.

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