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Location Manager John Panzarella to Receive LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award


John Panzarella
John Panzarella (photo supplied by LMGI)

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) has announced that veteran Location Manager John Panzarella, who performed those duties on films such as Midnight Run, L.A. Confidential, The Italian Job and more, will receive the group’s esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual LMGI Awards, taking place on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Los Angeles Center Studios.

LMGI President and Awards Committee Chair, John Rakich, made the announcement, noting, “The LMGI is honored to recognize John Panzarella, who has made indelible contributions to the craft of location management. With a career that spanned over 35 years of cinema classics and the great fortune to work with some amazing directors, producers and legendary production designers, it’s highly likely he has location managed more feature film days in Los Angeles than any other Location Manager. He is most deserving to be honored with this year’s LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award.”

From the accompanying press release:

“Known for his creative vision, Panzarella has turned the Los Angeles locale into a stand-in for many foreign locations. While working on Vice starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney, his team managed to find seven countries and six states spanning six decades in and around L.A Vice was Panzarella’s final show before retiring.

Among his more than 50 movies, Panzarella’s many credits include Lethal Weapon, Grand Canyon, Disclosure, The Parent Trap, Nurse Betty, Bandits, Elizabethtown, World Trade Center, Charlie Wilson’s War, Larry Crowne, Aloha, Hail, Caesar!, Jason Bourne and Rules Don’t Apply.

He has worked on numerous films for directors Cameron Crowe, Larry Kasdan, Blake Edwards, Barry Levinson, Curtis Hanson, Mike Nichols, Nancy Meyers, Warren Beatty and the Coen Brothers, among many others. His closest ties have been with the talented production designers Jeanine Oppewall and Clay Griffith, and has worked with Academy Award® winners Bill Creber, Ted Haworth, Dean Tavoularis and Patrice Vermette.”

You can see a full list of the 2022 LMGI Awards nominees and learn more about the LMGI Awards at

This year’s LMGI Awards are proudly sponsored by Title: Studio Air Conditioning; Diamond: Board Brothers, Inc.; Platinum: Trilith Studios; Gold: Classic Tents & Events, Toni Maier On Location, Inc.; Silver: Hollywood Locations, Inland Empire Film Services, Los Angeles Center Studios, Production Security Services, Riverside County Film Commission; Bronze: Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia, El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office, ON-SET Displays, Savannah Regional Film Commission, The Location Portal; Media Sponsors: The Location Guide and SHOOT Magazine.

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