Ben Benedetti has worked as a freelance producer and studio executive in the entertainment industry for twenty-six years. His extensive network of treasured relationships and practical experience makes him a great asset to the organizations he works for. He has the wisdom, foresight, and resources to find new ways of stimulating creative expression, avoiding critical pitfalls, supporting production teams, while invigorating revenues and opportunity. He has achieved great success in all phases of his career in post production and content services.
Benedetti received a bachelors degree in Fine Art and Design from the esteemed California Institute of the Arts in 1992.
Shortly thereafter 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 called 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, financial,
and technical integrity of every episode produced. He gained
invaluable experience supervising every final color session, sound mix, and directing all ADR/Looping sessions working
directly with the lead and supporting actors in the cast.
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 implementation of a strategic plan for the development of 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 much of the work flows and post production bible
that Ben co-authored.
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, Telecine, Video Finishing, Visual
Effects, and Digital Intermediates.
In 2008 Benedetti briefly 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. Benedetti's unique skill set and decades of loyal relationships make him ideal for the role as both the facilitys administrator as well as marketing and client service specialist. Under Benedettis leadership, Westwinds visibility in the industry and subsequent revenues has increased dramatically. The facility has grown significantly; attracting new creative artists and producers, greatly expanding the capacity of production and the generation of new revenue streams. 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.
Outside the walls of Westwind Media, Benedetti is extremely active supporting the production community serving on various boards and committees of many volunteer organizations. He is an active member of the Television Academy in the Executives Peer Group, an honorary affiliate member of the American Cinema Editors, a past member of the Producers Guild of America, member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors, and sat on the Board of the Sales Resource Committee of the Hollywood Professional Association.