Board of Directors
Karol Urban CAS, MPSE, NATAS is a re-recording mixer for television and feature films. While mainly focused on dialog and music, her path has afforded her the benefit of also mixing sfx and single mixer productions. After focusing principally on documentaries in Washington DC, she moved to LA where she found true joy mixing scripted productions. She joined CAS in 2008 and began contributing articles for the CAS Quarterly. In 2014, she became the Co-Editor and was elected to the Board of Directors. Karol also co-organizes for the LA Sound Group and volunteers for the TV Academy.
CAS Vice President
Steve Venezia, CAS is an independent sound engineer working in both production and post-production. Early in his career, he worked for 16 years in both live music production and studio recording; working with numerous artists including Frank Zappa, The Pretenders, Dire Straits, Chaka Khan, INXS, Howard Jones and Tom Waits. He has worked with ABC and AMPAS on the audio production for 16 Oscar broadcasts. Most recently he was Sr. Director of Worldwide Production and Post-Production Services at Dolby where he worked for over 22 years covering sound mixing and advancements in audio technologies. During his tenure at Dolby, he worked closely with the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) on the audio standards for digital television, and the launch of 5.1 digital surround sound. More recently, he worked on the development of Dolby Atmos for cinema and broadcast. He is a member of CAS, AMPAS, SMPTE, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Television Academy. He is an officer of the Cinema Audio Society currently serving as Vice President. He holds 2 patents for digital audio processing covering loudness measurement and digital audio processing.
Frank Morrone is a re-recording mixer who has mixed sound for television and films including LOST, Sleepy Hollow, The Kennedys, Ransom, and Oscar-winning When We Were Kings. Frank has served as President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors and is Sound Governor at The Television Academy as well as serving on the MPEG board of directors.
Since 1984, production sound mixer Lee Orloff, CAS has collaborated on well over 50 feature films with directors including Gore Verbinski; Michael Mann; James Cameron; Ridley Scott; Walter Hill; and Dean Parisot. Orloff has been nominated for six Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and won each for his work on Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Orloff has also been nominated for six CAS. Awards, and serves on the AMPAS Sound Branch Executive Committee and as a member of the CAS Board of Directors. Orloff recently completed production on James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for Marvel/Disney in June 2016.
Amanda Beggs, CAS has been working as a production sound mixer in LA for over a decade and has accumulated a solid list of credits in features and television. She’s worked with indie filmmakers Gia Coppola, Mike Mills, Greta Gerwig, James Ponsoldt, and Kevin Smith. She also mixed additional units on films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Beyond, and Bright. Recently she’s been working in episodic TV, with her most recent shows being the pilot for HBO’s Lovecraft Country and season 3 of FX’s Legion.
WILLIE D. BURTON
With over 35 years of sound mixing under his belt, Burton was first nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY”. In 1983 he won the BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Award) for WAR GAMES”. He received an Oscar for Best Sound in 1989 for the film, BIRD”. In 2005 he received The Cinema Audio Society Career Achievement Award. Burton has also received Academy Award nominations for WAR GAMES”, ALTERED STATES”, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION”, THE GREEN MILE” and DREAMGIRLS”. He won an Academy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for his work on DREAMGIRLS in 2005.
Peter Kurland was raised in Nashville and has been in production sound for 36 years including all Coen Brothers films, booming on ‘Blood Simple’ then mixing ‘O Brother’ through “Ballad of Buster Scruggs”. He also mixed “Walk The Line” and many Barry Sonnenfeld films including “Men in Black” I, II. and III. He has won two Grammys, four Oscar nominations, a BAFTA and three CAS Awards. He lives in Nashville where he is Business Agent for IATSE Local 492 when otherwise unemployed.
PHILLIP W. PALMER
Phillip Palmer was born in Dallas, TX and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Film and Television Production. Starting his sound career in music and touring production he migrated early to production sound recording. After many years as boom operator and sound utility, Phil began his mixing career in 1999. He has had the pleasure of working with many great filmmakers and continues his pursuit of excellence today. Phil first served on the Board of Directors in 2010 and is a former Vice President of the CAS.
Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS is a production sound mixer and re-recording mixer. He is a member of both local 695 and local 700. Stephen currently works on the television show “Modern Family.” In addition to his work on set, Stephen works as an ADR and re-recording mixer on feature films and television. He has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and five CAS awards for production sound mixing.
Past President of the CAS and loves making movies.
Jeff Wexler, CAS, is in his 46th year working in sound for motion pictures and television. Having completed over 80 feature films, twice nominated for Academy Award, won a BAFTA for Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous”. Received the highest honor from CAS, the CAS Career Achievement Award in 2011. Pioneered the introduction of digital production recording with DAT, and then the first ever file-based production recording with the original Zaxcom Deva I. Jeff continues working and participating in the industry, guest lecturing and moderating workshops and panel discussions, created and moderates the long-running online community site JWSOUNDGROUP.
A professional ballet dancer turned re-recording mixer. My passion for music, movement, and grace are all attributes that I have applied to my mixing through the years. I have been mixing now for over ten years, and giving back to our peers is something I would love to do. Being on the board of CAS would be a new avenue for me that I would not take lightly.
David Bondelevitch is a Re-recording Mixer. He was on the CAS Board of Directors for 16 years, including terming out as VP, and a decade as Secretary. He is past President of the MPSE. His most recent projects include the doc short El Vacio, about immigrant sanctuaries. The film was on the front page of the digital New York Times. He also mixed Southwest of Salem, which won a Peabody Award. Bondelevitch won a Primetime Emmy for Sound on the TNT movie The Hunley. He won a Heartland Emmy as Associate Producer on the film Driven to Ride and was also nominated for Audio. David is an Associate Professor in the Recording Arts Program at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is a member ATAS, NARAS, AFM Local 47, Film Independent, the International Documentary Association, and BMI. David holds a BS in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of music and an MFA in Cinema Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Bob is a re-recording mixer and sound designer working in television and documentary film for more than twenty years. In addition to mixing twelve seasons of Deadliest Catch, his credits include ABC’s The Family, Ax Men, Storage Wars, The Colony, 1000 Ways to Die, American Masters: Carol Burnette & Bob Newhart and the feature documentary The Wrecking Crew. He’s received twelve Primetime Emmy nominations with two wins in addition to four CAS award wins and two MPSE Golden Reels. He’s served many terms on the Sound Peer Group executive committee and the Board of Directors for the Cinema Audio Society.
Tom Fleischman began mixing feature films under the tutelage of New York rerecording mixer Richard (Dick) Vorisek in 1979. In 1981 Tom and Dick were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound for their work on Warren Beatty’s Reds. Since then Tom has mixed nearly 200 features, documentaries, commercials, and television projects. He has developed long-term working relationships with many directors, earned 4 more Academy Award nominations for Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), and won for Hugo (2012). In television, Tom has won 5 Emmy Awards, 5 CAS Awards, and a BAFTA Award for sound mixing. Tom has been mixing on Stage B at Soundtrack Film and Television in New York since 2004.
Sherry Klein is a Re-Recording Mixer for Television/ Film and currently with Smart Post Sound in Burbank, CA. She first became “aware” of audio while studying Arranging and Composition at Berklee in Boston. While recording a term project in what was then a little 2 track studio, she became fascinated with the world of sound…. this led her from musician, to live sound, Record Engineering and finally into Post Mixing. She considers herself very lucky to be working within this talented community of people who have continually inspired her to refine my craft and grow my love of mixing.
Christian Minkler is the fourth generation in his family to work in motion picture sound. He began his career with Skywalker Sound, Los Angeles, in 1989 and earned his first credit as mixer five years later on The Crow. Shortly thereafter, he got his big break on Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. Since then, he has built diverse credits across all genres and media. Other notable credits include Independence Day, The Alamo, Babel, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, and most recently, Greyhound. He received an Oscar nomination for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, BAFTA nominations for Babel and Greyhound, and CAS nominations for all three of these films. He is an active member of the AMPAS, CAS, and ATAS. While not at a console exercising his talents as a sound genius on the next blockbuster, he can be found honing his craft by mixing live events, or spending time with his wife of 22 years, and their three daughters.
Past President of the CAS.
Tara Paul has more than 20 years of experience in television and feature film mixing, as well as a thorough background in digital sound editorial. Her background also includes music mixing and mastering, which serve as the foundation for her work in post-production. She has been a member of the sound team on The Simpsons for more than 10 seasons. Her mixing credits also include Preacher, Love, The Big Sick and Napoleon Dynamite. A four-time Emmy Award winner, she loves the collaborative aspect of creating soundscapes for television and film. She maintains that mixing is 20% technical expertise and 80% psychology. She lives in Los Angeles and has been a mixer at Sony Pictures Studios since 2010.