[Tig] Marty Irwin - Manhattan Transfer, EUE, VideoDub...
rich at torpey.com
Wed Jun 28 18:29:01 BST 2017
I was fortunate to work for Marty in the 80's & 90's
From Scott Irwin:
Post Production Pioneer Martin Irwin.
Born in Brooklyn in 1936, Video Pioneer Martin Irwin died Friday 6/16/17 at
his home in Hollywood Florida. He was 80 years old.
Son of an Immigrant mother and American father, he grew up in Brooklyn, was
a member of the US Marines and received his degree in electrical
engineering. He Married Barbara Gosset in 1958 and soon after moved his
family to Monsey in Rockland County.
His first job in the industry was as a sound mixer at his Uncle, Murray
Dichter’s facility in Manhattan. EUE Screen Gems then hired Irwin in the
As one of the first companies to purchase the then revolutionary video tape
recorder, Irwin helped make EUE one of the dominant forces in the industry.
As Manager of video tape operations at the re-named Editel and then vice
President of Columbia Pictures who acquired EUE Screen Gems in the 70’s.
Irwin then left Columbia to peruse opportunities in the video industry that
he helped develop. With partners he formed Video Dub then Audio plus Video
International and Atlantic Satellite corp. Forming Umbrella corporation
Video Services Corp and growing into a multinational corporation. One of
these companies, Manhattan Transfer was a major player in New York during
the lucrative 80’s and 90’s. Irwin acted as president of Manhattan Transfer,
and by then was well known by many of the most talented people in the
industry. His own words “ I hire good people and let them do their jobs” was
echoed by many of todays top editors and colorists who worked for Marty. He
was loved and respected by many people he touched in the industry.
He leaves 5 children and 9 grandchildren scattered through the county who
will miss him immensely. He loved fishing and lake life and was happiest on
the helm of his boat with the breeze in his face.
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