Studio adjusts its roster of engineers in anticipation of a post Covid world.

SAN FRANCISCO—Continuing to bolster its talent and technical resources, One Union Recording Studios, the Bay Area’s largest, independent recording facility, has hired Senior Engineer Joel Hopper. Hopper brings 18 years of experience in the advertising and recording industries and most recently served as re-recording mixer, sound designer and picture editor at Barrell House, the in-house production unit at Bay Area ad agency Pereira O’Dell.

Hopper becomes the second addition to One Union’s senior staff since the beginning of the year, after it hired Senior Engineer Eduardo Mendoza in January. John McGleenan, the company’s president, says the studio is adding experienced talent to meet a surge in advertising, digital and entertainment production as the pandemic wanes. “We expect production to ramp up quickly over the next three to six months,” he says. “We’re upping our game, adding horsepower, mix capabilities and talent.”

One Union has five senior engineers on staff. In addition to Hopper and Mendoza, they include Joaby Deal, Andy Greenberg and Matt Wood. Along with recent technical upgrades, the studio has assembled a dynamic front-of-house staff to deliver the best post-Covid services as clients return for in-person sessions. “We have the perfect team,” McGleenan observes. “Each of our engineers has senior level experience and impeccable credentials. Joel has been in the trenches in his advertising career and through his background as a studio owner. He has a great attitude and a hunger for the game. We are excited to welcome him to One Union.”

Hopper spent four years at Pereira O’Dell and helped build out the agency’s Barrel House production unit. He also edited and mixed spots for such national brands as Adobe, Cheesecake Factory, Clorox, Fifth Third Bank, Stella and Mini. Previously, he spent three years in a similar role with the San Francisco office of agency DDB.

Regarding his move to One Union, Hopper says it’s a chance to focus on his love for post-production sound. “One Union is the top sound facility in the Bay Area,” he says. “John has built a superb facility. The studio has a great reputation and attracts the best work. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me.”

About One Union Recording Studios

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s advertising district, One Union Recording Studios began in 1995 with a single studio. Today, the company boasts five state-of-the-art studios, serving as top-notch resources to the world’s premier 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, and a dedication to building relationships.

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