HOLLYWOOD -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Academy Award®-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Lon Bender has joined Formosa Group, a new talent-based post-production sound company serving film and interactive clients, it was announced today by Robert C. Rosenthal, President and Chief Operating Officer.
Lon Bender (Photo Credit: Martin Cohen)
“I am delighted to join my friends and some of the motion picture sound industry’s most respected veterans at Formosa Group,” said Bender, one of the founders of Soundelux, where he worked for more than 30 years. “It was a difficult decision to leave the company I founded and built over three decades, and the friends working there, but the community which is Formosa is a great support to my creative endeavors.”
“We are pleased that Lon has joined our team of outstanding sound artists,” said Rosenthal. “He shares the group’s passion and commitment for helping filmmakers realize their visions.”
Bender is the 12th artist to join Formosa Group’s distinguished roster of entertainment sound industry veterans, who have more than 1,000 movie credits among them; Odin Benitez, Scott M. Gershin, Per Hallberg, Greg Hedgepath, Andy Koyama, Karen Baker Landers, Mark Mangini, Julian Slater, Mark Stoeckinger, Todd Toon, and Martyn Zub. They have a combined total of 13 Oscar® nominations, 6 BAFTA nominations, and 28 MPSE Golden Reel Awards from over 137 nominations.
Bender won an Oscar®, BAFTA and two MPSE Golden Reel Awards for the Sound Effects Editing for “Braveheart” (shared with Formosa Group’s Per Hallberg). He won Golden Reel Awards for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Pochahontas.” Bender was also nominated for an Oscar® for “Drive” and “Blood Diamond,” and a BAFTA for “Shrek” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” He won a scientific and technical award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Advanced Data Encoding System. He has received a total of 26 Golden Reel Award nominations spanning 23 films over the past three decades.
His numerous credits include more than 125 movies. He was Supervising Sound Editor and/or Sound Designer on films including “August: Osage County,” “The Hunger Games,” “Drive,” “Shrek,” “Prince of Egypt,” “Mulan,” “Pochahontas,” “Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Glory,” “Bull Durham,” “The Princess Bride,” “Stand By Me,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”