Keslow Camera Announces Acquisition of Clairmont Camera

 

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.

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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.

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@keslowcamera).

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Industry Veterans, Bill Hale and Jim Summers, join Keslow Camera’s Marketing Team

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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.

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Keslow Camera Brings World-Class Service and Support to Atlanta

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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.

For more information about the Atlanta location, please visit www.keslowcamera.com. For rental inquiries, please call (310) 636-4600 or email info@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, 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.

Equipment Room Coordinator

We are pleased to welcome Juan Hernandez to Keslow Camera as our new Equipment Room Coordinator.  As a self-professed gym-fanatic, Juan goes to the gym at least once a day.  He also loves spending time with his family, especially outdoors with his daughter. Juan Hernandez

Employee Appreciation Day 2014

We want to thank each member of our Keslow Camera team for being great at everything you do.  You all shined at our Employee Appreciation Day at Fulcrum Adventures!

Employee Appreciation Day 2014 collage

Welcome Three New Team Members!

Manuel, Justin, and Amy edited photo

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!

Please Welcome our Camera Service Intern

We are pleased to welcome Jack Keslow to our team as our Camera Service Intern.  In his spare time, Jack plays lacrosse and enjoys watching comedic films.  Welcome Jack!

Jack Keslow photo

Three New Team Members

We are pleased to welcome the below new hires to Keslow Camera!

Kevin, Rob & Emerson

With previous experience in camera rentals, Kevin Beatty joins the company as our new Junior Preparation Technician.  In his spare time, Kevin surfs and goes white water rafting.

We bring Rob Haan onboard as our new Shipping & Receiving Clerk.  Rob likes to hike and has recently started jiu-jitsu.

Last but never least, we welcome Emerson Gonzalez as our new Driver.  Emerson also likes to hike and spend his weekends playing with his two dogs, one of which he rescued.

Keslow Camera Expands Substantially, Announcing New Culver City Headquarters

Keslow Camera will be relocating their headquarters to Blackwelder Street in Culver City.  The new space was designed with clients’ needs firmly in mind and offers additional space along with an improved workflow.

The Keslow Camera Team

The Keslow Camera Team

June 2, 2014, Los Angeles, CA –  After carefully selecting and renovating their new Culver City headquarters at 5900 Blackwelder Street in the Culver City Arts District, today Keslow Camera publicly announced the move as well as the myriad of advantages it will offer clients.  The 35,000 sq. ft. facility, which is located on a 2.2-acre site, will be fully operational as of June 2nd.  It was created with one underlying goal, taking customer service to the next level.  Visit www.keslowcamera.com for more information.

Along with architects from Abramson Teiger and contractors from L.E. Waters, Keslow Camera carefully designed this new space to make clients and their needs the focal point.  Not only does it include a warm, inviting work environment, but also the design embraces natural daylight, giving it a modern and bright feel.  Research has shown that open workspaces allow for greater teamwork and transparency.

CEO Robert Keslow explained, “The entire facility was built with our clients in mind.  From a logistics standpoint, we’ve finessed the layout to greatly improve the speed at which we can get the equipment into the hands of our clients.”

The new headquarters will enable Keslow Camera to continue their fast rate of growth, as well as the opportunity to offer more equipment and hire new employees.  It also provides clients with additional workspace along with the state-of-the-art equipment and technology that they have grown to expect.

Blackwelder, a new creative adaptive reuse project located in the Culver City Arts District, is home to 25 other unique, freestanding buildings including production and media companies such as The Mill, Hungry Man, Jump LA, and Bandito Brothers.  Additionally, the new facility provides easy access to the 10 and 405 freeways.

Keslow added, “Our previous building could no longer support the needs and demands of our client base.  Our new location provides our clients with a state-of-the-art facility that is unparalleled in our industry and will exceed all their expectations.”