One Union Recording Studios, the Bay Area’s leading provider of post-production sound services, has hired Jaylen Block-Smith as general manager. Block-Smith brings a diverse background in sound and music, and more than ten years of management experience to his new role, which will include overseeing installation planning, client relations and accounting activities. . One Union has also tapped Elisa Gonzales to lead customer services.
One Union President John McGleenan said the company was adding staff in response to growth in new business. Demand for sound editing, mixing and ADR services has grown steadily since the company completed a facility-wide rebuild earlier this year. “Business is growing and we are now almost at capacity,” says McGleenan. Recent work includes ads for Xbox, Honda, Wells Fargo and Levi’s, the TV series Deadliest Take, big hotel and 13 reasons why, the podcast series root of evil and the games World of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed.
Block-Smith was previously audio manager at Oto Float, a flotation therapy studio in Chicago, where he produced original music recording sessions. Prior to that, she served as the General Manager of Rock House, an entertainment venue, cafe, and music school in Chicago. A professional musician, songwriter and singer, she earned a degree in business management from San Diego State University.
“I love the One Union team,” says Block-Smith. “I love working with our customers, John and our engineers, and the opportunity to apply my background in music. I feel right at home in our studios, surrounded by the magic of recording.
Gonzales will fulfill an expanded client services role designed to ensure clients’ personal needs are catered for and audio sessions run smoothly and efficiently. She arrives from a similar position at Pixar Animation.
“Jaylen and Elisa bring new energy to One Union and act as links between our customers and our engineers,” says McGleenan. “We are proud to have them in our team.”
About One Union Recording Studios
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s advertising district, One Union Recording Studios started in 1995 with a single studio. Today, the company has five state-of-the-art studios, serving as premier resources for the world’s leading advertising agencies, brands, television and film studios, game developers and production companies. One Union prides itself on bringing projects to life. We offer superior technical knowledge, craftsmanship and expertise, as well as a dedication to relationship building.