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Larry Ellena
Larry Ellena

Larry Ellena got his start at Mary Tyler Moore Productions. While finishing up college at CSU Northridge he was able to work summers and holidays as a prop maker on shows like WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. From there his interest in film, particularly the area of sound, began to take form. In the summer of 1981 he went to work on The Lou Grant Show as a second boom and cable utility person. Soon after that CBS and Mary Tyler Moore Productions merged to form CBS/MTM Studios where a position in the Sound Transfer Department became available. There Ellena would eventually become department head and be in charge of two shifts. As the studio grew there were more opportunities to branch out and learn new things. At night he recorded the audience shows including Newhart and eventually spent 8 years with Seinfeld.

In 1992 Mary Tyler Moore Productions ceased to produce TV shows and CBS regained control of the studio. After the reorganization, changing technology diminished CBS’s interest in post production. CBS then let Todd AO take over all sound post on the lot. In 1997 Ellena went to work for Todd AO full time and helped establish their Sit-Com Department. At one point they were delivering at least 8 Sit-Com episodes per week for network and cable outlets.

Once Todd AO was acquired by Ascent Media, Ellena was invited to join the Universal Studios Sound in 2005 and help establish a Sit-Com sound department. He now is the Director, Television Sound Services, BluWave Audio. He is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild Local 700 and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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04.21.18
April showers spring May flowers! But these may have come from the #property department. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ โ˜”๏ธ#props #flowers #spring #april #may #weekendrepost #setdesign ใƒปใƒปใƒป ๐ŸŽฌ #Repost @emilie_rimmer
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04.20.18
Press junkets often utilize several stages for multiple days for media interviews, green rooms, catering, etc. These two images were from the @pacificrimmovie press junket - who wouldnโ€™t want to hang out in a spaceship? ๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ #fbf #flashbackfriday #press #media #junket #pacificrim #stage #event #studioservices
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04.19.18
Throwing it back to the #60s today! Well actually, the set of a 1960 themed musical. There was some major lighting and rigging needed to create the โ€œCorny Collins Showโ€ for Hairspray Live. ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ #tbt #musicals #grip #rigging #truss #studioservices #universalslg #hairspraylive #lighting
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04.18.18
Had the pleasure of visiting with one of the nicest people on the Lot! Jeff Pirtle, Director of NBCUniversal Archives & Collections tells us about his department in our Insta-story today - so interesting!! Check it out! ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ“• #history #archives #collections #filmhistory #treasure #artifacts
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04.17.18
In honor of Earth Week, this week employees and visitors of the Lot were able to learn about NBCUniversalโ€™s Green initiatives. Check out our Insta-story to see more! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’š ๐ŸŒŽ #studioservices #greenisuniversal #gogreen #recycle #savethetrees #led #commuterlife #earthweek
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04.16.18
COURTHOUSE SQUARE #location #firehouse #backlot #firestation #brick #building
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04.13.18
This #commercial shoot looked just like New York! With the exception of #hogwarts in the background but that was nowhere in their shot.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŽฅ ๐Ÿš– #fbf #newyork #nyc #taxi #streetscene #flashbackfriday
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04.12.18
Moving people around is never easy. Universal Transportation can help make life a little easier on set. ๐ŸšŒ๐ŸšŽ #peoplemover #shuttle #onset #transport #studioservices
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