Ben Benedetti has worked as both a freelance producer and corporate executive in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. He is also an avid outdoorsman and off-road enthusiast. He has backpacked over most of the High Sierras and been camping around the globe. These survivalist skills and lust for adventure allow him to be completely comfortable in challenging circumstances. It is this intense spirit of wanderlust that drives him daily to be the very best professionally, finding new ways of stimulating creative expression, supporting production, and invigorating revenues through technology. He has worked in all phases of production including product development, network administration, studio operations, and facilities management.
Benedetti is currently employed by Westwind
Media in Burbank, CA as the Senior Vice President and General
Manager. Benedetti's role is as
both the facility's administrator as well as marketing and client
service specialist. Benedetti is extremely active supporting the community of the entertainment industry actively serving on various boards and committees of many voluntary organizations. He is an honorary affiliate member of the American Cinema Editors, a past member of the Producers Guild of America, the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), and sat on the Board of the Sales Resource Committee of the Hollywood Professional Association. He received a bachelor's degree in Fine Art
and Design from the esteemed California Institute of the Arts in
Benedetti broke into the entertainment industry working as Ted
Danson's personal assistant on the hit TV show "Cheers." When Danson
started his own production company at Paramount Studios (Anasazi
Productions), Benedetti was hired as an assistant to the development
team, headed by his father, the Emmy-winning producer, Robert
Benedetti. Eventually, Ben began working as a production assistant
and then as a post production supervisor on the award-winning films
and specials produced by Anasazi through 1995.
In late 1995, Benedetti was hired as Associate Producer of CBS's hit
drama, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," and remained there until the
show left the airwaves. Benedetti was responsible for the creative
and technical integrity of every episode produced. He gained
invaluable experience directing all ADR/Looping sessions, working
directly with the lead and supporting actors in the cast;
supervising every mix and the delivery of every
episode to the network.
After Dr. Quinn, Benedetti worked as a consultant at the Disney
Channel for Gary Marsh and Susette Hsiung, in the
Original Programming department. He was responsible for the
development and implementation of a strategic plan for a new
department able to administer and manage the post production of
dozens of independently produced tele-films simultaneously. To this
day the department thrives using the work flows and production bible
that Ben helped design and co-author.
In 1999, Benedetti assumed the role of Vice President of
Sales and Client Services for Digital Symphony at Ascent Media, one
of the leading suppliers of production equipment specializing in
non-linear computer editing systems, camera package rentals, remote
HD digital dailies viewing systems, and Digital Cinema
Preview/Screening services. Eventually his responsibilities were
expanded to represent the complete spectrum of post production
services that Ascent Media offered including Sound Editorial,
Re-recording Audio Mixing, and Telecine, Video Finishing, Visual
Effects, and Digital Intermediates.
In 2008 Benedetti breifly moved to Modern VideoFilm in Burbank as Vice
President, Sales and Business Development. At the beginning of 2010, Benedetti took on working for Sony
Pictures Entertainment as a member of the executive management team for the studio's Post Production Facilities providing
complete post production packages and work flows for both feature
and television clientele. He directly administrated the award
winning TV Sound Editorial department as well working as a sales
representative for Sony's Digital Picture Editorial, Post Media
Center, Colorworks, and Sony Pictures Sound Facility.
In 2014 he moved to become the Senior Vice President and General
Manager of Westwind Media. Westwind Media provides complete post production
service packages for feature films and television clientele. Founded by artists and
producers, Benedetti strives to provide the type of low-stress, high technology environment in which creative decisions
are most easily made. Benedetti is overseeing the operations and
client services of the entire facility, cultivating a technological
and humanistic culture where creative people can work and thrive.