Podcast 108: Lon Bender
Run Time: 1:06:32
Lon Bender is widely known and recognized for his contribution to cinema as co-founder of Soundelux and for his award-winning work as a Supervising Sound Editor on over 60 films. During the past three decades, he has continuously worked to reinvent and revolutionize the audio post-production industry and its technologies. He continues to oversee the company’s sound library operations under the brand name The Hollywood Edge.
Lon teamed with Wylie Stateman in 1982 to form Soundelux Entertainment Group. Together, Lon and Wylie built numerous production, post-production and manufacturing divisions. The company’s audio publishing division created more than 100 books on tape. Later, a theme park systems and software provider was created, which would eventually rival Disney’s Imagineering. They produced audio/video delivery and control systems around the world.
From 2000 through 2005, Lon served as the President of Ascent Media’s Creative Sound Services Group, now CSS Studios. During that time CSS-Studios division, Todd-AO went through a revitalization and modernization which included a citywide Gigabit Network which links all its facilities for audio and video sharing. The reinvention of the work process has enabled sound editing and mixing to fluidly integrate.
For his work as a supervising sound editor, Lon has gained industry-wide recognition. In 1995, he received an Academy Award®, British Academy Award® and Golden Reel Award® for his efforts on Braveheart. Lon's contributions on the films Glory and Last of the Mohicans were recognized with Academy Awards® for Best Sound. He was also presented with an Academy Award® for Technical Achievement in 1994. The last twelve months have been busy as he has spent more time in the studio designing tracks for The Hunger Games and Drive, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
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