A New Image West
Facilities I Designed in Studio City, 1983
In 1983, Image West moved from their old facilities at 845 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood to 11846 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. The move was a major one, involving building facilities starting with basically a blank floor of a new office building. It was a big design job from the standpoint of physical, mechanical, aesthetic, and functional layout. Here are some views of the technical facilities I built after completion.
Note: The poster at left was Image West's signature in the 1982-83 era. It was designed by Sonny King.
This is not a very clear shot of the master control room.
It basically was a bunch of racks full of a routing switcher, production switchers,
sync, audio, distribution and patch panel equipment.
At the far end were the VTR's, 1" C, IVC 9000, and Quad VTR's.
The biggest thing I didn't anticipate was the level of hassle I would have to
deal with from the City of Los Angeles for an Electrical Permit.
They insisted they should see a "UL" sticker on every piece of equipment
before they'd let us turn it on.
Well, to get a UL sticker, a manufacturer of say toasters has to submit a dozen
or so toasters for what Underwriters Laboratories calls "Destructive Testing".
At $100,000 a pop, no VTR manufacturer is going to do that.
So it was a stalemate.
We got temporary approval, but they kept coming back hassling us.
There was a $50 fee for each item we wanted them to "inspect".
I finally told the inspector I'd bury him in paperwork if he insisted, and we
agreed that the entire rack system pictured here would consist of an "item".
An inspector showed up one day and slapped a sticker on the side that said
"inspected", and that was it!
This was the VersEFX bay, also served by the same master control bay.
VersEFX was an interesting project to build a hybrid
analog/digital effects system, in conjunction with the SFP, the French TV production company.
Follow this link more info about VersEFX.
Shown here is Jim Ryan, the project software engineer, putting the system through
its (ahem) paces.
All images Copyright © Dave Sieg