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  1. Panavision, the world-class provider of end-to-end solutions, will return to Cine Gear Expo (May 31-June 1) at The Studios at Paramount to showcase the latest innovations in the company’s ever-expanding production and post production ecosystem. Panavision, Light Iron and LEE Filters will display an array of integrated technologies and systems at booth S408 on Stage 3 – ranging from lenses, cameras and filters, to state-of-the-art production and post production workflows – that illustrate Panavision’s commitment to providing the most versatile and powerful storytelling tools. “At Panavision, our vision is to support filmmakers with solutions that expand creativity and efficiency,” says Kim Snyder, president and CEO of Panavision. “We’re always focused on adapting the tremendous power of technology to the needs of the visual artist. We’re proud and excited to demonstrate our latest advancements.” Among the breakthroughs on display are Panavision and Light Iron’s new LINK HDR system. Creatives are producing for HDR-capable distribution platforms more than ever before as consumers seek premium viewing experiences. LINK HDR was developed to address the challenge of viewing HDR (high dynamic range) images throughout the production and post production process. Offering HDR and SDR viewing options in tandem, LINK HDR provides cinematographers, directors, editors and creative talent throughout the imaging chain the ability to view their image at the same quality delivered to consumers. The LINK HDR system consists of: Panavision LINK HDR On-Set Cart – a modular cart outfitted with various monitoring configurations that offers creatives the ability to view HDR and SDR live from the camera. Light Iron LINK HDR Dailies – an NLE process that creates HDR and SDR deliverables simultaneously, which allows editors to cut, toggle between, and export in either format. Light Iron LINK HDR Finish – a combination of creative talent, technical expertise, and leading technologies that link the creative decisions made on-set to the HDR mastering process for delivery to various HDR platforms. “As adoption rates of the HDR format rapidly grow, it is more critical than ever for creatives to view a consistent image from on-set through the finishing suite,” notes Light Iron Supervising Colorist Ian Vertovec. “We want filmmakers to have all the tools they need for this new deliverable. The components of LINK HDR were designed with them in mind.” Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 and DXL-M camera systems will also be showcased at the Panavision booth, demonstrating the value of this expanding ecosystem. With new industry developments, the DXL2’s 6G 4K SDI outputs, which allow direct connection to a Teradek Bolt 4K with a single SDI cable, can now be fully utilized. The latest enhancements to the DXL2 also include: an integrated C-Motion F.I.Z. module allowing the use of Arri WCU4 wireless lens control handsets with full lens mapping support; a proxy workflow that allows easy creation of traditional dailies while archiving 8K files for DI and VFX; a wireless audio module adding expanded audio capabilities; and DXL Control for iPhone and Android. The DXL-M, which marries the modularity and connectivity of the DXL with the smaller size and weight of RED’s DSMC2 cameras, is now available to filmmakers. In addition to the Primo HDR viewfinder, DXL menu system and LiColor2, the DXL-M now offers 2x2 SDI outputs delivering two independent monitoring paths across 4x HD-SDI outputs. Along with added accessories, battery elevator and control upgrades, these advancements add to the efficiency and flexibility of the kit. The result is a fully-equipped camera that is conveniently adaptable to any shooting scenario, including drone, remote head shots and situations where space is at a premium. Panavision’s LCND, a variable liquid crystal neutral density filtration system, will be presented with expanded new features. LCND is now wirelessly controllable via the Preston handset and offers functionality that translates to creativity on the set. The ability to maintain a given stop under changing lighting conditions by riding the ND filter instead of the iris adds powerful image control options at the moment of photography. LCND also has manual controls and a 24-hour internal battery built into the single filter tray. Panavision’s longstanding emphasis on delivering superior lens quality and unmatched selection continues to be a priority as it serves the artistic needs of today’s creative community. At Cine Gear, filmmakers can examine the company’s proprietary portfolio of optics, including the Primo-X (weatherproof and compact drone and gimbal solution), Panaspeed (large format, high-speed T1.4 with the classic Primo look), H-Series (vintage portrait look for spherical large format), and UltraVista (1.65x large-format anamorphic) lines, as well as other lenses in Panavision’s large-format offerings. In addition to exhibiting, Panavision, in partnership with RED Digital Cinema, will present a panel featuring Oscar®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman, ASC. Panavision’s SVP of Optics Dan Sasaki will join Schwartzman as he discusses his approach to visual storytelling and explores the fusion between visual concepts and tools. Schwartzman will reveal his decision-making process from pre-production to post on such projects as The Highwaymen and the upcoming Last Christmas, on June 1 at 11:45 a.m. in the Sherry Lansing Theater. LEE Filters will highlight the LEE100, a newly updated 100mm filter mount system that boasts lighter weight and improved performance. The LEE100 Filter System incorporates a rotation lock as well as a newly designed clip-on polarizer filter for ease of use. Additionally, LEE’s full collection of lighting gels, including the expanded range of Zircon gels specifically designed for fine-tuning LED fixtures, will be touted, as well as the ProGlass CINE IRND range of neutral-density filters, precisely built to meet the exacting needs of cinematographers. “The advancements on display at Cine Gear exemplify our commitment to providing end-to-end solutions that put creative flexibility in the hands of filmmakers,” says Snyder. “Each tool is conceived as an element of a unified ecosystem designed to deliver customizable solutions to meet any need or budget. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to present the results to our friends and colleagues in the filmmaking community, and we can’t wait to see how they’re used in the visual storytelling of tomorrow.”
  2. Light Iron, a Panavision company specializing in post production services, is again playing an important collaborative role with notable episodic series this season. Customized workflow offerings from Light Iron for BETTER THINGS, THE GOOD FIGHT, THE OA, RAMY, SHRILL, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, included dailies, digital intermediate, archive, and data services, among other creative and technical contributions. From San Francisco and Los Angeles to New York and Toronto, Light Iron serviced the productions from a range of locations with color and front-end teams involved from pre-production for a smooth and efficient experience. “We are honored to support these outstanding projects,” says Peter Cioni, Light Iron’s General Manager. “Our unique understanding of the demands of episodic schedules coupled with our technical skills in file-based workflows fuels our ability to fulfill the creative vision on time and on budget. Light Iron at its core is focused on innovation and, as part of the Panavision family, we offer our expertise from pre-production through finishing, creating efficiencies throughout the imaging chain.” A closer look at the projects demonstrates the possibilities for end-to-end solutions from Light Iron and Panavision: • BETTER THINGS, season 3 (FX) – Already renewed for a fourth season, BETTER THINGS follows the trials and tribulations of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters in Los Angeles. The season was shot by Paul Koestner who collaborated with Light Iron’s dailies colorist Gregory Pastore and DI colorist Corinne Bogdanowicz. Panavision Hollywood provided the camera and lens package. • THE GOOD FIGHT, season 3 (CBS All Access) – Entertainment Weekly hails the third installment of THE GOOD FIGHT as “the best show on TV.” Shot by Fred Murphy, ASC, this season was supported by Light Iron with dailies by Andrew Hodgdon and final color from Steven Bodner. The production is also serviced by Panavision New York. • THE OA, season 2 (Netflix) – The first season of THE OA quickly developed a cult fan base. For the highly anticipated second installment, Light Iron worked closely with series DPs Steven Meizler and Magnus Nordenhof Jønck to ensure the work done by dailies colorists Andrew Hodgdon and George Thomas was reflected in the final color grade with Ian Vertovec. Services included location support in San Francisco and Los Angeles. • RAMY, season 1 (Hulu) – Winner of the 2019 SXSW Audience Award, RAMY stars actor-director-comedian Ramy Youssef as the son of Egyptian immigrants in New Jersey. Light Iron worked closely with cinematographers Adrian Peng Correia and Ashley Connor to establish the look in dailies, which transferred seamlessly into the DI where the final color grade was performed by Steve Bodner. Cameras and optics were supplied by Panavision New York. • SHRILL, season 1 (Hulu) – From executive producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks and showrunner Ali Rushfield, SHRILL stars Aidy Bryant (from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Based on the 2016 memoir by Lindy West, Vox calls the series “a quietly tender portrayal of learning how to love yourself.” Light Iron colorist Nick Lareau provided the final color grade in collaboration with cinematographer Joe Meade. • THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, season 2 (Amazon) – Light Iron worked alongside cinematographers M. David Mullen, ASC and Eric Moynier, returning for the second season of this award-winning series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Light Iron’s Aaron Burns handled dailies color and Steve Bodner collaborated with the two DPs during finishing. For camera and lens options, Panavision New York was the go-to resource. • WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, season 1 (FX) – Based on the feature film of the same name, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is a documentary-style look into the lives of four vampires who have “existed” together for hundreds of years on Staten Island. The film’s cinematographer D.J. Stipsen returned for the series, which has earned a 96% rating from Tomatometer critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Christian Sprenger lensed the pilot. Light Iron dailies colorists Gregory Pastore and Jacob Doforno supported early look development in Toronto via the local Panavision facility, which carried over into finishing in the DI by Ian Vertovec. For more information, visit www.lightiron.com.
  3. New Space is First Comprehensive Production and Post Location for Companies NEW ORLEANS (December 17, 2015) – Panavision, the entertainment industry’s leading designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high-precision optics and camera systems, has announced the opening of an expanded New Orleans location. The new 30,500-square-foot space will also house Light Iron’s first brick-and-mortar facility in Louisiana. The state-of-the-art facility represents the first location occupied by the two companies since Panavision acquired Light Iron, a leader in digital workflow solutions, earlier this year. The New Orleans location leverages the strengths of both companies to offer turnkey technology solutions from pre-production through delivery. “Panavision has been committed to serving filmmakers in Louisiana for more than a decade,” said Kim Snyder, CEO and president of Panavision. “During that time, the infrastructure and crew-base have built up significantly, and the number of projects being shot has grown such that we needed to expand our footprint to support the community’s needs. Incorporating Light Iron into the new facility brings an unprecedented level of service offerings under one roof to the local filmmaking community.” Panavision’s new high-tech space houses a full range of filmmaking equipment, and access to the company’s technicians and optics specialists. The new location also features an expanded prep floor, a private prep room for larger projects, and a 40-by-40 foot room with an 18-foot ceiling, optimized for shooting test footage. Michael Cioni, president of Light Iron, added, “At Light Iron, we’ve always believed in the marrying of camera and post production. Having Light Iron co-located with Panavision in a vibrant shooting destination like Louisiana is a case study of what the future will look like. Providing comprehensive services under one roof is exponentially more valuable when most everyone is on location. When a cinematographer or crew member has questions about workflow, we have the onsite resources available to answer them in real-time.” The Light Iron space houses a DI theater, which can facilitate remote DI sessions with the company’s Los Angeles and New York facilities. The theater can also be used for reviewing camera tests, setting looks, and screening dailies. In addition, the new facility offers offline editorial suite rentals. “We’ve worked on many great projects in Louisiana over the years with our popular OUTPOST division,” noted Cioni. “With the growing needs of customer demand there, as well as Panavision’s footprint in the state, we felt this was the right time to have a physical presence in New Orleans. The Light Iron team is very excited to be collaborating with the local film community.” “Louisiana is an important production hub for the filmmaking community,” concluded Snyder. “We made this investment to support the filmmakers in the region and this move makes it possible for us to provide a full portfolio of innovative, creative solutions, as well as physical resources and experts more expediently.” Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back was the first project to utilize the capabilities of the new Panavision location in New Orleans, followed by an additional unit for Fox’s Scream Queens. # About Panavision Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions. For more information, visit www.Panavision.com, or join the company on Instagram (panavisionofficial), Twitter (@Panavision), Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and YouTube. About Light Iron Light Iron, a Panavision company, specializes in mobile dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras. With additional facilities in Hollywood and New York City, Light Iron serves projects at both the independent and studio level. The company distinguishes itself by providing workflows that minimize time, maximize image fidelity, and increase creative control. Recent credits include features such as Anomalisa, Gone Girl and the upcoming Ride Along 2, commercial campaigns for Gap and Jaguar, and the television series Mom, True Nightmares, and Transparent. Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, or LinkedIn.
  4. WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (June 26, 2015) - Panavision, the entertainment industry's most respected designer, manufacturer and provider of state-of-the-art cinema lenses and high-precision camera systems, today announced the recapitalization of the company. With the recapitalization, Panavision's senior lenders unanimously agreed to convert a majority of the company's long term debt into common stock of the company. This major reduction in Panavision's debt enhances its capital structure and enables the company to explore growth opportunities. "This transaction is very positive news for the company and gives Panavision more fiscal flexibility for the future," said Panavision CEO and President Kim Snyder. "We now have a very healthy balance sheet, allowing us to accelerate our investment in equipment, technology and resources and further focus our efforts on meeting the needs and expectations of our customers." Panavision has recently extended its industry reach into the post production realm with the acquisition of Light Iron, a leader in digital workflow solutions. The recapitalization was a private transaction that was formally completed on June 12, 2015. Panavision's major shareholders have not changed, and the company's Board of Directors and executive leadership team led by Snyder remain committed to the long term growth and success of the company. # About Panavision Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions. For more information, visit www.Panavision.com, or join the company on Instagram (panavisionofficial), Twitter (@Panavision), Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and YouTube.
  5. Adding Workflow Innovator Significantly Expands Trusted Brand's Service Offerings LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK - Panavision has reached an agreement to acquire post production technology innovator Light Iron. The acquisition leverages the strengths of the entertainment industry's most respected designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high precision camera systems with the leader in digital workflow solutions, to offer turnkey technology solutions from pre-production through delivery. With facilities in Los Angeles and New York City, Light Iron will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Panavision, maintaining its executive leadership and talent. Light Iron's popular OUTPOST Mobile Post Systems will be available at Panavision rental facilities worldwide. "This acquisition is an opportunity to leverage the strength and innovation of the Panavision brand with the entrepreneurial spirit of Light Iron," says Kim Snyder, CEO and President of Panavision. "By joining forces, we can better serve our clients, providing a full portfolio of creative choices and an efficient, seamless experience." Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron, remarks that Panavision is an ideal partner to extend Light Iron's international reach. "A long-standing commitment to quality and client service has made Panavision one of the most trusted brands in the world. The fusion of our two companies, and the creation of new optimized tools, will mark the beginning of a new era in digital acquisition and delivery on a global scale." Light Iron was founded in Los Angeles in 2009 by brothers Michael Cioni and Peter Cioni, along with a core team of experts. Embracing emerging digital tools for content creation from its very beginning, the company has grown into a leading provider of mobile dailies, archival services, offline editorial rental, finishing and delivery. Through both their suite of OUTPOST systems and premium DI services, Light Iron supports high-resolution 6K acquisition formats and UHD delivery. "Panavision and Light Iron are dedicated to providing clients the innovation they need to succeed at the intersection of art and science," adds Snyder. "Together, we are poised to offer creative clients a deeper and more progressive level of support and services across all market segments. This union uniquely positions us both to serve the industry through collaboration, advanced engineering and optimized services - all over the world."
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