Technicolor-PostWorks has acquired The Room, the finishing studio that has been hosted on its premises for the past three years. Under the terms of the agreement, The Room’s staff, equipment and dedicated 4K workflow will be integrated into the Technicolor-PostWorks facility at 110 Leroy Street in New York. Additionally, Ben Murray, founder of The Room, will assume a new role as vice president, creative services for Technicolor-PostWorks.
Technicolor-PostWorks COO Rob DeMartin says the objective of the move is to leverage the creative talent, workflow and technology that have made The Room the finishing facility of choice for a growing number of independent filmmakers and other content creators. Under Murray’s leadership, The Room has honed a client-centric approach to feature film post-production, combining efficient data and workflow management, state-of-the-art technology, team-based operations and personalized service. Recent projects for The Room include St. Vincent, Her, The Giver, True Detective, Marco Polo, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, and Years of Living Dangerously.
Murray will apply a similar approach to the full range of Technicolor-PostWorks’ film and television operations. “Ben will be our creative and technical lead, focusing on workflow design, training, talent management and recruiting,” DeMartin said. “He will work with clients in pre-production, oversee project management, collaborate with our engineering team, and assist in overall strategic planning.”
“We aim to streamline services for both features and episodic television,” Murray said. “We will work to provide increasingly nimble technology and a more responsive level of service across the board.”
Murray believes that the operational efficiencies that make The Room successful translate well to the larger facility. “It’s an opportunity to extend our more agile, client-focused approach,” he stated. “As The Room rapidly grew, particularly over the last year, the quality of service was not diluted —in fact, it improved. In taking this next step, with a larger pool of talent, greater physical capacity and much higher bandwidth, our focus will be to elevate the quality of service available for all our clients. I am confident that the formula will continue to scale.”