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PEOPLE 30 POST MAR/APR 2021 JOEL HOPPPER San Francisco's One Union Recording Studios has hired senior engineer Joel Hopper, who brings 18 years of experience in the advertising and recording industries to his new role. He most recently served as re-recording mixer, sound designer and picture editor at Barrell House, the in-house production unit at Bay Area ad agency Pereira O'Dell. Hopper spent four years at Pereira O'Dell and helped build out the agency's Barrel House production unit. He also edited and mixed spots for Adobe, Cheesecake Factory, Clorox, Fifth Third Bank, Stella and Mini. Previously, he spent three years in a similar role with the San Francisco office of agency DDB. TOBY GALLO AFX Creative in Santa Monica, CA, which special- izes in VFX, design/motion, color and editorial for the advertising and entertainment industries, has expanded its leadership team and concurrently hired seasoned systems engineer and administrator Toby Gallo to serve as its new director of technol- ogy. Gallo most recently worked at Shed, where he oversaw systems and network administration, and periphery management. Previously, he's worked for companies such as Technicolor, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Digiscope, Nickelodeon, Gradient Effects and World Wide Broadcasting. AFX Creative also announced the promotions of Esther Minitser to head of production, Jessica Amburgey to senior color producer and Stefan Kim to production coordinator. Minitser most recently served as VFX producer for the past three years and has been with the studio since 2015. Amburgey joined AFX Creative in October 2020 as a color producer. Previously, she served in a similar capacity at The Mill in Culver City, CA. And Kim first joined the studio in June 2018. He previously served as head of client services. GUS KOVEN Music and sound company Barking Owl has added sound designer Gus Koven to its team. Based in LA, Koven will develop sound and music for the studio's A-list of clients, which includes Pepsi, Nike, Reebok and Facebook. Throughout his 20-plus-year career, Koven has been a part of numerous renowned campaigns, including's Opportunity Roars, Kia's Arrival and a multitude of Apple spots, including The Magic of Mini feat. Tierra Whack, The City and Bulbs. Prior to joining Barking Owl, Koven served as sound designer for music and sound design company Stimmung for two decades. TONY DUSTIN Toronto's Company 3 has added another film and TV colorist to its artist line-up. Tony Dustin brings more than two decades of experience contributing to major features and episodic programming, including the film Harriet and the series Cherish the Day. Born in Utah, Dustin spent much of his youth in Palm Springs, CA. A part-time job at LA-based post house Editel helped him discover his love of filmmaking and post. After honing his craft at various post companies, he moved to Technicolor, where he assisted Stephen Nakamura (now at Company 3), soon becoming a sought-after col- orist in his own right. Credits include the Netflix dramatic series Sense8, NBC's The Blacklist, Hulu's Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock, Silver Linings Playbook and Gran Torino. JUAN CABRERA Juan Cabrera is one of the first Spanish colorists to become an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers. Born in Spain, Cabrera is known for his work on productions such as Star Trek: Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for which he won two Lumiere Awards. His television credits include work on shows that include Sony's StartUp, Microsoft's Quantum Break and more recently, Paramount's The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, which was nominated for Best Color at the 2020 HPA Awards. Cabrera started his career in Madrid 25 years ago and after ten years in the VFX industry, evolved his career towards color and finishing. He relocated to LA, where he joined Bad Robot Productions and later Paramount Pictures. Seven years ago, Cabrera founded LightBender, a post boutique that provides color and finishing services for TV series and feature films, including advanced format deliverables, like 4K, 8K, HDR and IMF. KATE OWEN Kate Owen is bringing her style, energy and creative versatility to the edit bays of The Den, a wom- an-owned edit house that launched last year in Los Angeles. Owen, who joins as partner/editor, is helping the studio expand to the East Coast. The UK-born Owen started editing while in her teens, becoming an apprentice and later moving to New York. She has since edited an array of projects, ranging from fashion and beauty to lifestyle and entertainment. Some of her credits include work with Gucci, Clinique, Maybelline, Victoria Beckham, Vogue, Adidas, Sony, Showtime and Virgin Atlantic. She has worked at Wax, Marshall Street Editors, Hooligan and Whitehouse Post. ERIC DEHAVEN Colorist, visual effects supervisor and creative direc- tor Eric DeHaven has joined IMN Creative in Glendale, CA, where he will serve as head of post production for picture and lead colorist. The studio recently opened its new 15,000-square-foot facility, which is home to everything picture and editorial. DeHaven has over 25 years of experience in the film industry, both in production and post. He won multiple MTV VMA awards in the late '90s and early 2000s, working on memorable music videos such as Hey Ya by Outkast, Pass the Dutch by Missy Elliot and Slave 4 U by Britney Spears. He also spent more than a decade at Rhythm & Hues, where he worked as a VFX supervisor and compositing artist on films such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Fast and the Furious and Life Of Pi. Other posts include stints at Riot and Logan. MICHAEL GROSS Squeak E. Clean Studios, the global creative audio network, has tapped Michael Gross as executive creative producer out of its Los Angeles studio. In addition to overseeing work from Squeak E. Clean Studios' West Coast office, Gross will collaborate with the company's team of producers, creative directors and artists to continue to bolster strategic growth, with a focus on brand-direct creative solutions. Gross' experience spans agency, client and freelance posts. He most recently served as senior creative producer at Google, where he oversaw the launch of the cloud-gaming platform Stadia.

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