Jul 2017

SIDE LA is coming up to its 6-month anniversary, so we thought it was a great time to catch up with the team and find out how much fun our SIDE brothers and sisters are having in sunny California.

We tasked SIDE LA’s very own Christian Maestas, Facility and Production Assistant, to get the ‘inside’ scoop on all things SIDE LA. He sat down with Jacquie Shriver, Head of Studio, and Todd King, Business Development Manager, to ask them a few questions.

First things first, what was the biggest challenge in opening a new studio?
JS: The biggest challenge was getting construction finished! It seemed as though there was always another small bit of polish, or paint touch-up or calibration. We really wanted to get things right, so we kept going back to make sure it was perfect.

And what was the biggest reward?
TK: For me personally, the biggest reward was the SIDE LA launch party! On that evening, I remember feeling a strong sense of accomplishment, pride and excitement for SIDE LA’s future success.
JS: The biggest reward of opening up a new studio is having the opportunity to show new clients what we do, how we do it, and how passionate we are about providing top-tier service.

Has anything in the past 3 months impacted you in a positive way regarding how Side and Pole To Win do business?
TK: It is the importance SIDE/PTW place on the ‘Team’. I know it sounds cliché, but the SIDE UK and PTW leadership have assembled an absolutely amazing team here at SIDE LA. The team is more than just a group of highly skilled individuals running a studio from day to day. Each member is passionate about their craft and are always willing to learn, teach and grow in any way necessary to ensure that we provide the very best results for the clients.

Any exciting developments or progress the Studio has overcome since the opening in March?
JS: There’s always so much we can’t talk about, but yes, we’ve had some exciting projects in, and some new clients to collaborate with. We have a full schedule this summer, doing everything from IVR to HMC.

Looking forward, what hopes and dreams do you have for the studio?
JS: I hope to provide a service that is up to speed with the projects our clients are creating. I hope to continue to collaborate and find ways to tell stories alongside game developers of all sizes. I would love to have a bustling studio, full of actors and clients and all the insanity that comes along with that.
TK: Hopes and dreams…that’s simple! I want to help the SIDE/PTWI brand to grow into the leading audio services provider in the US for games and non-game audio technology applications.

SIDE LA is located at 1042 Princeton Drive in the Marina Del Rey area of the city.


Catching Up With SIDE LA

Jul 2017

Get Even

Jun 2017

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Apr 2017

SIDE LA Officially Opens With Launch Party

Mar 2017

Natalie Dormer and BioWare visit Side

Mar 2017

The Latest Side LA Recruits

Feb 2017


Jan 2017

New hires for Side LA and Side leadership promotions

Nov 2016

Bringing the Battlefields of WW1 to Life

Nov 2016

Playstation VR Worlds

Oct 2016

Side Goes Stateside: Announcing Side LA

Sep 2016

Side Wins at 2016 Develop Awards

Jul 2016

Develop Awards Finalist

May 2016

Side work on 10 BAFTA nominated titles

Mar 2016

SIDE & Star Citizen Squadron 42

Feb 2016

Side Clients Nominated at D.I.C.E. Awards

Jan 2016

The Force Awakens at Side

Dec 2015

Side Win at TIGA Awards

Nov 2015


Sep 2015

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Aug 2015

Side wins at Develop Awards

Jul 2015


Jun 2015

Develop Awards Finalist

May 2015

The Story of Grey Goo

Apr 2015

Ashes to Ashes

Mar 2015

And the Award Goes To …

Feb 2015

Stars of Game of Thrones

Dec 2014

Andy Serkis in the Volume

Dec 2014

SIDE wins Industry Award

Nov 2014

Hugh Laurie to join LBP3 cast

Oct 2014

Bioware at Side with Inquistion

Sep 2014

Alien Isolation behind the scenes

Sep 2014

Witcher 3 storms Gamescom

Aug 2014

David Tennant Cast in First Video Game

Mar 2014

Side contributes to G.A.N.G Award Finalists

Mar 2014

BAFTA Video Game Award Nominees

Feb 2014

Performance Nominations for Press Awards

Jan 2014

Stunning CGI Short Synchronicity

Nov 2013

Performances for Ryse: Son of Rome

Oct 2013

E3 Awards for Witcher 3

Jun 2013

Behind the scenes for Merlin: The Game

Apr 2013

Facial Capture for Divinity: Dragon Commander

Mar 2013

Performance Capture for Crysis 3

Feb 2013

BBC Radio 1 at Side

Nov 2012