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September/October 2021

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Page 3 of 39 2 POST SEPT/OCT 2021 EDITOR'S NOTE hen we began work on this issue, back in late summer, the October NAB show in Las Vegas was in our sights. We would distribute bonus copies at the show, as well as meet with manufacturers and shoot episodes of Post TV for our website and social media accounts. Well, even the best-made plans can change, and by late August and early September, the writing was on the wall, with spikes in COVID infections and a number of manufacturers announcing that they would back out of the show. On September 15 th , NAB made it official, with executive vice president/managing director Chris Brown announcing that the challenges presented by COVID meant the organization could "no longer effectively host NAB Show", and that NAB would now focus on the 2022 NAB Show, which is scheduled to take place April 23 rd through the 27 th of next year. Pushing the 2021 show back from April to October seemed like a good idea when it was announced last year, but this pandemic hasn't let up, and even with all the vaccina- tions that have been administered, infection is still a risk. I wonder if the 2022 show will be affected, with it set to take place only a few months from now? As we've learned, nothing is guaranteed. Interestingly, one of our most commented on online articles is about Zoic Studios and their response to the pandemic. Zoic announced that employees can now work from home indefinitely, marking a major change in their business, which is now taking a "remote-first" approach. They will still have physical studios in Culver City, New York and Vancouver, but are giving employees the option of where they want to work — in the studio or at home — and have actually seen an increase in productivity from their artists as a result. Many of the comments on Twitter congratulated the studio for their way of thinking, and urged other post houses to follow suit. The months ahead will reveal how the rest of the industry addresses these workforce challenges. You can read more about Zoic on page 7. Turning to the issue, I had a chance to speak with numerous creatives involved in the production and post of FX on Hulu's new series, Y: The Last Man. The show is based on the DC Comics series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, and details a cataclysmic event that decimates nearly every mammal with a Y chromosome, leaving just one man and his pet monkey. Turn to page 14 for more on the series' VFX and color grade. I also connected with the creatives involved in the comedic crime drama Only Murders in the Building, which streams on Hulu. The show stars Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as residents of a Manhattan apartment building who decide they will use their own skills as true-crime aficionados to solve a case in their Upper West Side building. Turn to page 17 for details on the 10-episode series' edit, soundtrack and color grade. Additionally, I'd like to call attention to Tom Coughlin's contribution to this issue. Tom of- fers a comprehensive report on the storage industry based on annual surveys that he's been conducting. Beginning on page 20, he looks at the data that is fueling continued growth and development of storage for the media and entertainment industry, and how data capacity, communication speed and storage capacity is evolving. Karen Moltenbrey has an equally-interesting report on "NFTs" and what non-fungible tokens mean to today's digital artists. If you've had questions about NFTs, Chaos Labs' Christopher Nichols clearly explains their concept in his Q&A with Karen, beginning on page 26. There's a lot more in this issue too, including Iain Blair's interview with Blue Bayou director Justin Chon, who also stars in the feature, alongside Alicia Vikander. The film is meant to provide insight into the Asian-American experience — something that's been lacking in Hollywood. I also point you to our website — — where we have coverage of the new films Dear Evan Hansen and The French Dispatch, as well as numerous contributions from pros throughout the industry. Enjoy our coverage! 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