Electric Pictures, a Lake Forest, Calif.-based provider of telecine and film restoration services, has appointed industry veteran and former Digital Vision executive Alan Davis as director of sales and marketing. Davis will oversee sales, marketing and public relations activities throughout the United States, with a focus on developing new markets.
Davis is co-founder and president of Digital Synergy, which provides sales and marketing services to manufacturers of technology used in television broadcast and postproduction. He previously served as vice president and general manager of Digital Vision.
Davis began his career with McGraw-Hill Films and also worked at Paramount Pictures before joining Learning Corporation of America as special product manager. There, he developed new markets for the company’s film products and spearheaded the first satellite delivery of a children’s television special. His background also includes service as vice president/general manager of Asaca/Shibasoku Corporation of America, a manufacturer of broadcast monitors and high-end test equipment. As director of broadcast sales and marketing at Meret Optical Communications, he was involved in the implementation of the first HD fiber optic transmissions systems used at sporting events in Europe in Asia, and by Spanish broadcaster Retevision for the Seville World’s Fair.
“Alan offers a rare combination of insight and experience,” said Electric Pictures president Grace McKay. “He has worked at the forefront of technology for many years and enjoys universal respect among broadcasters, producers, motion picture studios and postproduction facilities. He understands the value in the services we provide and will make an excellent ambassador for the company.”
Davis will seek to capitalize on Electric Pictures’ position as one of few remaining providers of high-quality telecine services.
Electric Pictures operates Thomson/DFT Shadow telecines, augmented by a variety of film handling and processing technologies. The company can transfer virtually any film format (35mm, 16mm, Super8 and Regular8) to SD, HD and 2K digital and video formats, making it suitable for television, DVD, Blu-ray and other high-end applications.
“Very few companies provide telecine services today and yet there are millions of feet of film in vaults that need to be converted to a format where it can be preserved and put to commercial use,” Davis said.