Rex Post Provides Perfect Backdrop for TNT’s “Leverage” Episode “The Studio Job”

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Portland, Oregon-based Rex Post got more than it bargained for – including an office décor makeover – when its post production client, cable television network TNT’s drama “Leverage,” chose Rex’s studios as a primary filming location for its upcoming episode, “The Studio Job,” airing Sun., July 18 (9 p.m./8 p.m. Central). Rex has served the show’s post-production audio needs since the series started shooting in Portland in its second season (2009). Rex’s reputation working with production studios worldwide to provide ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) – aka Looping – services helped it win over “Leverage” producers when the show moved to Portland.

“If world-class supporting resources and the talent were not available, Portland would not be able to win productions like Leverage, regardless of financial incentives,” said Rex Post’s Russ Gorsline. “Luckily, we have both to offer here.”

Portland, Oregon-based Rex Post got more than it bargained for – including an office décor makeover – when its post production client, cable television network TNT’s drama “Leverage,” chose Rex’s studios as a primary filming location for its upcoming episode, “The Studio Job,” airing Sun., July 18 (9 p.m./8 p.m. Central). Rex has served the show’s post-production audio needs since the series started shooting in Portland in its second season (2009).

When episode Director Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) read the script, which centers on the heist of audio masters from Memphis Country & Western music studio “Kirkwood Records” (John Schneider - Dukes of Hazard – stars as “Mitchell Kirkwood”), he automatically assumed that Rex would be the location of choice. Other local studios were scouted, but a combination of Rex’s plush recording studio look and its ability to handle the crew’s challenging logistics won the day. Rex’s General Manager/Chief Engineer Russ Gorsline and Business Manager Tara Krick were personally asked by Frakes to get directly into the action as extras, as a mixing assistant and a receptionist, respectively.

Rex also recorded two musical compositions featured on the show: one by principal cast member Christian Kane (Eliot Spencer) and one by guest star Alona Tal (Kaye Lynn Gold). The studio, which provides a wide-ranging suite of audio reco r ding and video production services for film/TV productions, corporate clients, advertising agencies and musical artists, utilizes ProTools HD (High-Definition) recording software, multi-dimensional 5.1 Surround Sound recording and Final Cut Pro video editing software.

Rex’s reputation working with production studios worldwide to provide ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) – aka Looping – services helped it win over “Leverage” producers when the show moved to Portland. Rex also easily services clients outside of the region via ISDN digital land patch and SourceConnect, which allow it to seamlessly connect to any other similarly equipped studio in the world for recording and review.

A short-list of TV productions Rex has served include “Lost,” “Fringe” “One Tree Hill,” “Warehouse 13,” “Star Trek: TNG,” “24” and “Under Suspicion,” in addition to a number of made-for-TV movies and mini-series. It has also worked on feature films including “Where the Wild Things Are,” “A History of Violence,” “Extraordinary Measures,” “Christmas Town,” “Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling,” “Deception,” “The Good Shepherd” and dozens more.

Leverage, which stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman and Kane, centers on a crew of high-tech crooks who steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen. It has inspired a number of local Leverage watchers and viewing parties to follow the show and note its various Portland locations shots. The first “Leverage CON-con” fan convention was also held in Portland in March of 2010.

The show is part of a growing trend in productions evaluating the cost benefits of moving out of traditional settings such as Los Angeles to find new regions that provide viable locations and ancillary services. Says Rex’s Gorsline, “If world-class supporting resources and the talent were not available in the region, Portland would not be able to win productions like Leverage, regardless of financial incentives. Luckily, we have both to offer here, with a combination of top-quality production services and incredibly proactive work by the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, the City of Portland and other governmental agencies.”

About Rex

Portland, Oregon-based Rex Post brings decades of expertise to its clients, with nearly 60 years experience in audio production and 20 years in video production and post production. Rex serves local, regional and national clientele, with specialties including broadcast advertising, entertainment, corporate training and marketing communication projects.

Rex’s success is directly attributable to exceptional service and knowledge, whether collaborating with other media production professionals (such as advertising agencies and production companies) or directly with end clients. Rex utilizes the latest high-quality technology and equipment, and some of the world’s best producers, engineers, developers and project managers, to give a project an attention-grabbing, yet cost-effective edge.

A few of Rex’s broadcast clients include Subway, ODOT and MTV Switch. Rex develops DVD and web-based training materials for dozens of companies each year, such as Evergreen Aviation, Flir Systems, Schnitzer Steel, Freightliner and VTech. Rex has also worked on dozens of Hollywood feature films and television productions. Rex provides video and audio production, editing and sweetening, ADR/Looping, musical composition and recording, voiceover talent, translation, special effects and more.

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