Senior Vice President of Innovation, Panavision & Light Iron
With over 200 Digital Intermediate Supervisor credits in the past decade, Michael Cioni’s passion for digital cinema has given shape to the rapidly changing media ecosystem.
Michael founded Light Iron in 2009 after having led PlasterCITY Digital Post to become one of Hollywood’s preeminent desktop-based post production facilities. Light Iron has quickly become the disruptive company in a competitive marketplace – pushing the boundaries of mobilized post production and progressive file-based workflow, and causing Michael to be regularly sought out for technical and advisory support on projects for major motion pictures, television shows, commercials, and web-based content.
Michael believes strongly in empowering clients through education. In addition to speaking at the NAB Show, the Creative Pro Users Group SuperMeet, Cine Gear Expo, the PGA’s Produced By Conference, and the DGA’s Digital Day, he regularly teaches about file-based cinema at Light Iron’s OUTPOST University.
Michael was a founding member of RED’s official training program, REDucation, and has instructed HDExpo/Createasphere’s Panasonic P2 Workshop and Color Camp. Michael has been on the Board of Directors of both the Hollywood Post Alliance and Filmmakers Alliance, and served as an adjunct faculty member for USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
Before moving to Hollywood, Michael worked in television with a PBS affiliate in Illinois. He became the youngest recipient of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Best Informational Program” when his syndicated program “alt.news 26:46” won a combined four Regional Emmys in 2001 and 2002.
Michael is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts.