Post. Production. Together at Last.
Light Iron was started in 2009 by brothers Michael and Peter Cioni, who recognized the changing landscape of post production services. Along with founders Katie Fellion and Paul Geffre, the Cioni brothers developed a business model that catered to those who embraced progressive filmmaking techniques. Instead of obligating clients to rely exclusively on a brick-and-mortar facility, the founders encouraged clients to internalize services, only employing Light Iron for the most advanced steps of the post production process. The founders focused on core competencies while leveraging qualified third parties to provide ancillary services.
Light Iron’s first facility opened in July 2009, which was co-located with Alternative Rentals, a digital cinema rental company in Culver City, California. While in this facility, the Light Iron team completed numerous digital intermediate, on-set dailies, and finishing services for both independent and studio projects. The team grew to include full time finishing editors, colorists, and engineers.
In August 2010, the company broke ground on its De Longpre facility in Hollywood. The floor plan was designed around the founders’ business model: showcasing three digital intermediate theaters of varying sizes, two multi-purpose bays, the OUTPOST training center, and contemporary client service areas. Main construction was completed in six months, and the team transitioned to this facility in February, 2011.
In January 2013, Light Iron acquired the assets of OFFHOLLYWOOD’s post production operations in New York City. CEO Michael Cioni oversaw the development of this Manhattan location and team, which offers the same services as the company’s Los Angeles facilities. After just a year, Light Iron doubled the Broadway facility footprint by adding premium editorial suites to its offerings.
In December 2014, Light Iron reached an agreement to be acquired by Panavision, the entertainment industry’s most respected designer, manufacturer, and rental provider of high precision camera systems. The two companies look forward to collaborating to provide turnkey technology solutions – from pre-production through delivery – all over the world.