Paul Wright was one of the sound engineers working at Sonovision
Studios in the 1970s. He worked on many, many programmes,
including several Avengers serials. He was born and
educated in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and began his
career as a trainee sound engineer in 1962 at the government
educational television studios in Salisbury.
Paul then moved to
Johannesburg and joined the Commercial Radio Corporation,
recording drama and radio spots for Springbok Radio. He scripted
and presented Sterns Hitmakers during this time and
enjoyed working as a commercials voiceover artiste.
Moving to Sonovision as a
sound controller, Paul entertained musical aspirations, and
these led to him being coerced into recording his own 7" single.
This was produced by the legendary music writer-producer, Robert
John "Mutt" Lange, with whom Paul worked in studio on many
occasions. (Among many international hits, Lange was writer of
such songs as When the Going Gets Tough.) Despite having
a decent singing voice, Paul realised that his strengths - and
the best financial opportunities - were in music engineering.
With this in mind, he moved from Sonovision, first to Gallo and
then EMI Studios.
In 1976, he joined the JWT
advertising agency to manage their in-house multimedia
department at the beginning of television in South Africa and
produced numerous multi-screen corporate launch slide shows with
Barry Goldman Studios. Six months touring with the Nicky
Nacky Noo Show then provided invaluable experience in
theatre production and stage management.
Paul formed SP Studios in
late 1991 with producer and video editor Sheila McCallister, and
provides post-production services for radio, broadcast
television and corporate productions.
by Paul Wright and Alan Hayes