Sonic Union Promotes Justine Cortale To Studio Manager & Associate Director


Last Updated: October 27, 2011 5:45 pm GMT
(New York--October 27, 2011) Longtime Sonic Union, NY employee Justine Cortale has been promoted to Studio Manager and has been named an Associate Director of the company. Cortale was the sole Scheduler when Sonic Union opened its doors in November 2008, hailing from Buzz, where she joined in 2007.

Prior to Buzz, Cortale (left) was a Scheduler for Technicolor, NY.

Working closely with Cortale are Carly Lagoda, Scheduler; Rebecca Smialek, Producer; and Kristine Cabanban, Hospitality & Accounts .

Says Managing Director Adam Barone, “Our clients have come to trust Justine with seeing a job through, and enjoy knowing that she can make things happen quickly. We’re small enough to not have to hand off information too many times or too far, and having a person like Justine in the center of it all is a large part of why our agency and editorial clients enjoy working here. She’s super dedicated, sweats the details, and gets great cooperation from those around her.”

Adds Cortale, “Sonic Union’s partners are some of the most supportive and encouraging people I've ever worked with. I feel nothing but excitement and anticipation for this new role. I hope it’ll allow me to further contribute to the growth of this company, which I already have so much pride in.”

Cortale grew up in Staten Island and currently lives in Brooklyn. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta in Speech Communications, she went on to work as a Production Assistant for EUE Screengems, followed by stints at Technicolor and Buzz as a Scheduler.

Sonic Union currently employs a staff of 18 for its audio, voice casting and design/animation/vfx arenas, growing from 12 when the business opened three years ago.

Sonic Union, New York was a concept born in 2008 between lauded mixers Michael Marinelli and Steve Rosen, and Managing Director Adam Barone. The team set out to create the finest audio shop in New York, while also maintaining a family-like feel in a location that reflected—and supported—client comfort, natural light and the artists’ unwavering love of the craft. Three years later, Sonic Union’s work has won top awards, their employees and clients play together after work, and its architecturally significant space overlooking the trees of Union Square has become a home-away-from-home for everyone who mixes there.

Sonic Union continues to evolve, pulling in on-staff, veteran voiceover casting director, Maria Pappalardo.

Sonic Union’s flourishing Motion Graphics and VFX studio chases new ideas through design, animation and visual effects, delivering smart and fresh work for an array of creative clients. Pulling off the unexpected with unrivaled dedication, they infuse the process with equal parts love and magic. Come in and check out the state of this Union…


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