SDI Media, the world’s largest localization provider, and IMAGICA Lab., Japan’s largest post-production facility, both IMAGICA GROUP’s consolidated subsidiaries, have joined forces to make a strategic investment in Japanese dubbing by building a brand new, state of the art dubbing studio in the heart of Tokyo.
The studio, known as IMAGICA SDI Studio, has focused on building a strong team of highly experienced staff, already with excellent relationships with clients both in Japan and globally. Hitoshi Nozu is the General Manager, and he has spent sixteen years at IMAGICA Lab. and three years at SDI Media in the US. The Studio Director is Hiroshi Urago – an 18 year veteran at AC Create, who joined IMAGICA Lab. in 2016. Hiroshi will be supported by a group of producers and mixing engineers all with extensive experience at Tokyo’s renowned existing studios. Full time staff will be approximately sixteen.
Mark Howorth, CEO of SDI Media, said: “We are so proud to be launching our new dubbing services in Tokyo, continuing our long commitment to having owned and operated studios in the Asian market. The Japanese dubbing industry has a long and respected history, but demand has grown in line with industry trends. Hitoshi has created an impressive studio and has recruited some of the top names in Japanese dubbing. Our global clients have requested more capacity in Japan and I think they will be very impressed with what we have built.”
IMAGICA SDI Studio houses five rooms, making it one of the largest dubbing facilities in Japan. There is one large ADR room (41 sqm), three medium ADR rooms (17 – 19sqm) and one mixing room (Dolby Atmos HE). The four ADR rooms are “Hybrid” rooms which means they can function both as ADR rooms and as mixing rooms – a highly efficient model. The rooms have been created to accommodate Japanese-style dubbing (multiple actors) and Western-style dubbing. The rooms were designed to meet the high requirements of the largest content producers in the world.
Hitoshi Nozu, General Manager, IMAGICA SDI Studio, said: “IMAGICA GROUP has a long and rich history in the media and entertainment business, with roots as a film company in Japan dating back to the 1930s. This history includes serving leading filmmakers and creatives in all aspects of post-production. Our current dubbing studio at IMAGICA Lab. was built in 2017 and is NP3 certified. Now extending our language localization services to these large new studios is the perfect addition to our portfolio.”
This new facility will raise the bar in standards of excellence in Japan. The design is focussed on maximizing acoustic fidelity with a practical footprint, creating the optimum working environment for the audio directors and voice talent. It was designed jointly by IMAGICA Lab. and Daniele Turchetta, Dubbing Studio Technical Director at SDI Media.
IMAGICA SDI Studios is 51% owned by IMAGICA Lab. and 49% owned by SDI Media. The facility is currently being booked for 2020 and will be available for visits mid-February.