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Keslow Camera Announces Acquisition of Clairmont Camera
Move Expands Company’s Footprint into Canada as Denny Clairmont Retires
CULVER CITY, CA (July 17, 2017) – Keslow Camera, the largest privately held motion picture camera equipment rental house in North America, announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment to the company’s extensive portfolio. Simultaneously, Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. The acquisition is expected to be complete on or before August 4.
Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow said, “This acquisition perfectly aligns with Keslow Camera’s mission – to never stop growing, never stop learning, and never stop improving. The expansion into the two busiest Canadian markets delivers on our clients’ ongoing requests for us to service them in more areas of the world.”
Keslow Camera will retain the talented support staff and experienced team of Clairmont’s Vancouver and Toronto facilities, who have been offering professional digital and film cameras, lenses and accessories to the filmmaking community in the region since the 1980s. All operations within California will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City.
Clairmont notes that this deal also serves as his endorsement. “Clairmont Camera is my life’s work and I never stopped searching for innovative ways to serve our clients. I have long respected Robert Keslow and the team at Keslow Camera for their integrity, quality of management, best-in-class customer service, and successful performance. I am confident they are the right company to honor my heritage and founding vision going forward,” says Clairmont.
Denny Clairmont, along with his brother, Terry, established one of the world’s most prestigious movie equipment and camera rental companies in 1976. In 2011, Clairmont received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), awarded by the Academy Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. The Medal honors outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy. Clairmont and Ken Robings won a Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the lens perspective system, and Clairmont has won two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his role in the development of special lens systems. These innovative solutions will immediately be available to Keslow Camera customers.
“We are honored to have earned Denny Clairmont’s trust, and recognize the work and innovation that he and his great team have brought to the industry over the past 70 years,” added Keslow’s Chief Operating Officer Dennis McDonald. “To be able to offer our personalized level of service in more locations, with a wider range of technology to serve the needs of the creative community, we’re poised to elevate the Keslow experience for current and new customers.”
For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com.
About Keslow Camera
Since 1990, Keslow Camera has been providing camera equipment for motion picture, television and commercial productions throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company also operates from locations in Chicago, Santa Fe, Atlanta and now Toronto and Vancouver. Keslow Camera has earned a reputation among the industry’s creative community for uncompromising service and innovative problem solving on projects of any size. The company’s tireless support of the art and craft of cinematography has resulted in many long-standing relationships with the world’s most talented filmmakers.
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Keslow Camera is pleased to announce the addition of well-known industry veterans Bill Hale and Jim Summers to its offices in Los Angeles and Chicago respectively. Both join as Marketing Agents at the helm of client support to ensure filmmakers receive professional service and solutions for all their production needs.
“Together, Bill and Jim bring nearly fourty years of experience in the film equipment industry to the company,” said Robert Keslow, CEO of Keslow Camera. “Their leadership skills and invaluable perspective further equip our organization to expand its capabilities.”
Prior to his role at Keslow Camera, Bill Hale joined Clairmont Camera where he served as a Rental Agent for close to a decade. Previously he served the needs of cinematographers and production companies at Rocky Mountain Motion Pictures as a General Manager. Hale also gained extensive experience as a Rental Manager for Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS) where he supported notable projects. Hale earned a B.A. in film from Brooklyn College, and attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts’s graduate film program.
Prior to joining Keslow Camera, Jim Summers’ thirteen-year career in the rental department at Fletcher Camera/CINEVERSE allowed him to assist a myriad of clients in creating their vision. Summers professional experience also includes two years in the sales department at Panavision’s Chicago office. Summers is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he received a B.F.A. in photography, summa cum laude.
Please join us in welcoming Bill Hale (left) and Jim Summers (right) to Keslow Camera.
Keslow Camera Brings World-Class Service and Support to
Atlanta’s Film & Television Community
Los Angeles, Calif., (June 30, 2015) –
Keslow Camera, a leading camera equipment provider for motion picture, television and commercial productions worldwide, today announces its expanded operations to the Midtown Atlanta area. To provide more opportunities for those doing production, Keslow Camera recognized the need to support existing and future clients with a full-service facility offering cutting edge resources and unparalleled customer service.
“Keslow Camera was, from the start, built to make our customers’ needs our number one priority,” said Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow. “With this expansion to Atlanta, we’re bringing the same high level service our clients have grown accustomed to.”
Keslow Camera’s Atlanta workplace has been designed together with architects from Abramson Teiger Architects, the same creative team that planned the company’s innovative Los Angeles headquarters. The 8,200 square-foot facility, housing skilled technicians from Atlanta’s strong talent pool, will provide various prep bays including a private test room, and a fully equipped service department.
Upon careful selection, the Midtown area location was largely chosen for its many amenities and a convenient twenty-minute proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Keslow Camera also operates from offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Mexico, Miami and New Orleans.
About Keslow Camera:
Since 1990, Keslow Camera has been providing camera equipment for motion picture, television and commercial productions throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the company also operates from hubs located in Chicago, New Mexico, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Keslow Camera has earned a reputation among the industry’s creative community for uncompromising service and innovative problem solving on projects of any size. The company’s tireless support of the art and craft of cinematography has resulted in many long-lasting relationships with the world’s most talented filmmakers. More information can be found at http://www.keslowcamera.com.
We bring Manuel Guzman onboard as our new Driver. In his spare time, Manuel develops his own photos and enjoys cooking, especially his herb roasted chicken.
Justin Wragg joins the company as our new Rental Coordinator. Justin knows how to fly airplanes and likes to go surfing when he can find the time.
With previous experience in camera rentals, we welcome Amy Bray as our new Rental Agent. Amy is learning how to play the guitar and also likes to take photographs, focusing on people.
We’re excited to have these three join our family!