Headquarters executive producer and partner Alex Blum and director John Moore have left the bicoastal production company to form Optional Pictures, a Santa Monica-based company that will focus on feature films as well as spots. Blum and Moore recently worked as a producer/director team on Behind Enemy Lines, and at Optional will be working on a 20th Century Fox remake of the 1965 film Flight of the Phoenix. Back at Headquarters, co-executive producer Tom Mooney and director David Cornell, who launched the shop with Blum 10 years ago, continue as partners.
In New York, audio post house Lower East Side has been acquired by a group of industry veterans. The deal came as Creative Content Artists prepared to liquidate all the assets it acquired in last year's purchase of the New York Media Group, which included Post Perfect, East Side, Lower East Side and Crush Digital. The new ownership group at Lower East Side is composed of Michael Porte, mixers Bob Giammarco, Rex Recker, Tom Goldblatt and Joe Vagnoni, along with chief audio engineer Brian Wick. The shop's name has been changed to audioEngine.
Executive producer Tatiana Derovanessian, formerly of Cosmo Street, and editor Rick Lobo, formerly of FilmCore/San Francisco, have launched Revue, a new editorial boutique in Santa Monica.