Dennis Weinreich was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at this week's Conch Awards ceremony, which recognise outstanding achievement in UK-based audio post-production for film, television and commercials.
Weinreich arrived in London from Los Angeles in 1971, a year after working on the Oscar winning short Is It always Right to be Right with Orson Welles. He had also beenworking as part of the team at The Village Recorder, one of LA’s best known studios, used by Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Sly Stone, Miles Davis, The Stones and Fleetwood Mac.
He arrived in London to work on the animated series The Jackson 5, for what he thought would be six weeks, and stayed.
He spent the 70’s and 80’s at Scorpio Sound as a music engineer and producer working with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, The Walker Brothers, Queen, Supertramp, Wham, The Real Thing, Talk Talk, Jack Bruce, Jon Anderson, Mick Taylor, Hummingbird, and many more. He also bridged the gap between music and film, working on film scores for composers Michael Kamen, Richard Thompson, Rachel Portman, Debbie Wiseman, Del Newman and others.
In 1983 he established Videosonics to make creative technology used in the music world available to the emerging independent television sector. By the mid 1990’s, under his creative direction, Videosonics had become one of the largest film and TV sound facilities outside the United States.
He is now a director at The Weinreich Company, providers of production and post production workflow solutions. He has recently retired as managing director for Film and TV Post at Pinewood Studios Group, but remains active at Pinewood in a consultancy capacity and is working with a number of other audio specific companies as technical and strategic advisor.