Spectrum Films promotes Catherine Armstrong, hires Dave Hollingsworth

05 April, 2019 by Don Groves

(L-R) Catherine Armstrong, Josh Pomeranz and Dave Hollingsworth (Photo credit: Daniel Asher Smith).

Strengthening its management team Spectrum Films has promoted Catherine Armstrong to general manager, Sydney, and hired Dave Hollingsworth as executive director.


Both moves have been triggered by the resignation of general manager Adam Scott, who departs next month to take up an international position yet to be announced.

Armstrong’s promotion rewards her efforts over the past three years as head of post production. Hollingsworth, who starts on Monday, will oversee the technical operation and workflow as well as focusing on the company’s strategic growth in Australia and internationally.

Both report to managing director Josh Pomeranz, who tells IF: “Catherine has made an outstanding contribution to the company and this promotion is a natural progression for her.

“Dave’s experience internationally with post and VFX divisions in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Warner Brothers Studios post facility MPI in Burbank and Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production complements Cat’s skill set.”

Paying tribute to Scott, Pomeranz says: “He transformed the business into a one-stop shop and put together an excellent team.”

This is a busy time at Spectrum Films. The firm is handling full post production including sound design, grading, mixing and deliverables on seven Australian features and Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin’s feature doc Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra.

The slate includes Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones, Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth, Owen Trevor’s Go!, Seth Larney’s 2067 and JJ Winlove’s June Again.

Continuing a tradition started by Josh’s father, the firm’s founder Hans Pomeranz in the 1970s, Spectrum frequently invests in Aussie films and he serves as an executive producer.

“We are part of the early financing plan, we read scripts and make creative contributions,” he says. “I go to all the screenings and give notes during the edit. We are genuine partners.”

Armstrong says: “I am excited to lead our team of talented creatives whilst continuing to nurture our long-term client relationships. Together with Josh and Dave I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities whilst continuing to push the boundaries of creativity in the post production sector.”

Until recently director of post production at Blue Post, Hollingsworth says: “With such an amazing history and body of work, Spectrum is highly regarded as a company of quality and passion. I am looking forward to working alongside Josh and Cat and the entire Spectrum team to help to shape and grow Spectrum into the future.”