Tech for Film

by RaeAnne Marsh

Sneaky Big Studios

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Opened last month in North Scottsdale and encompassing more than 15,000 square feet, Sneaky Big Studios is one of the largest, most technologically advanced production facilities in the Southwest. “We can cut records, make movies, shoot television shows, make commercials and even produce live events from anywhere in the country,” says Bob Parsons of the enterprise that is part of his YAM Worldwide family of businesses.

The facility’s 4,000-square-foot main stage boasts a 40×73-foot cyclorama wall, top-of-the-line virtual reality systems and 4K capabilities. Also housed in the facility is a 500-square-foot stage and recording studio. Additional features include a production control room optimized with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, five editing suites and a color correction suite fully stocked with the most advanced equipment and software on the market.

 

Entertainment Partners

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The new technology office opened last month in Tempe by Entertainment Partners, the leading global end-to-end provider of payroll and production management services for all aspects of the entertainment industry, represents a turning point for the company as it pursues a technology-driven mission to modernize back office production in television and film.

Greater Phoenix’s rapidly growing technology sector and large, skilled workforce were major draws for EP, as were the region’s high quality of life and close proximity to major West Coast markets. Says Mark Goldstein, president and CEO of the Burbank, California-based company, “When we found ourselves in need of a location to house a new team, we wondered where we could find top technology talent, favorable operating costs, and an affordable lifestyle and vibrant culture. The Greater Phoenix area proved to have all of this and more, so we are very excited to bring Hollywood to Tempe.”

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