(February 15, 2007 – Burbank, CA) – Norman Barnett has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production Services, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities and will work alongside Ron Stein, the current Senior Vice President, Production Services, WBSF, until Stein’s retirement at the end of March. The announcement was made today by Jon Gilbert, President, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. Barnett will be responsible for overseeing and managing production services—including construction, production support and technical services—on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank. He will also retain oversight of the Studio’s Post Production Sound Department, where he was most recently Senior Vice President for six years. “Norm has done a phenomenal job of leading our Post Production Sound Department and developing it into one of the best in the industry,” said Gilbert. “He is a talented executive with a successful history in production services management, and his promotion to this expanded role is extremely well-deserved." “With nearly 30 years of experience at this facility, Ron has provided invaluable leadership within our division and has done a fantastic job of overseeing and growing our production services businesses,” continued Gilbert. “I’ve grown accustomed to relying on Ron for his solid leadership and judgment and thank him for his dedicated service.” In his role as Senior Vice President, Post Production Services, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, Barnett supervised both the facilities and staff that are responsible for a diverse range of post production sound services including sound editorial, Foley, automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), dubbing, scoring, re-recording, sound design and music composition. He also played an integral part in the massive, multi-year renovation of the Warner Bros. Post Production Sound facilities, including the design and construction of the new Post Production Sound facility, which opened its doors in November 2005. Additionally, Barnett was a key player in the major upgrade and remodel of all existing facilities and services such as film and television re-recording stages, DVD audio mastering suites and sound editorial suites and the vital restoration of the historical Eastwood Scoring Stage. Prior to that, Barnett served three years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Warner Hollywood Studios. Before joining Warner Bros. Studios, Barnett served as President, Raleigh Studios, where he oversaw the development and creation of a post production facility, 50,000 square feet of soundstages, 100,000 square feet of production offices and new screening rooms. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Barnett began his career as an actor, model and producer. Wrapping a career in television production and operations that spans over 40 years, Stein began working for The Burbank Studios as Section Director of Audio Visual Services and remained at the lot when it formally transitioned to and was re-named Warner Bros. Studio Facilities in 1990. At WBSF, he rose from Director of Production Services to his current position of Senior Vice President. Prior to his posts at the Studio, Stein held television production and news directing positions at Hughes Aircraft and Teleprompter and Westinghouse Broadcasting, respectively, and freelanced for Television Production Center, where he worked on numerous sporting events in and around Pittsburgh. Before that, he helped launch Atlanta’s Channel 17 for Rice Broadcasting, which subsequently became Turner Broadcasting. After studying communications at Southern Illinois University, Stein began his career in television production and operations for ABC affiliates in Miami and Jacksonville, Florida.
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