Light Iron has hired Stephen Lovett to oversee the expansion of its OUTPOST mobile postproduction systems.
“Stephen brings to Light Iron a deep insight on software management coupled with file-based production experience,” CEO Michael Cioni said.
At Light Iron, Lovett takes on the newly created role of OUTPOST mobile systems manager. His primary responsibilities include managing research and development of proprietary and third-party software associated with Light Iron’s on-set services, overseeing a team of dedicated technicians, interfacing with clients and growing Light Iron’s educational initiatives such as OUTPOST University.
As a former partner at Microsoft, Lovett oversaw the development of many notable software releases for the Macintosh platform, including Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and a Java Virtual Machine. Subsequently, Lovett managed development and operations for some of Microsoft’s largest internet properties including Hotmail, MSN Messenger and Windows Live. Before his 13 years at Microsoft, Steve was a test engineer in the Claris division of Apple Computer and a program manager of Symantec’s SAM anti-virus product.
In 2009, Lovett recognized the developments of digital cinema were as revolutionary as what had happened to personal and online computing. “I was convinced that the transition to digital was inevitable in cinematography, and I wanted to put cinematic tools in the hands of more people,” Lovett said. He formed Uroboros Films, a boutique company that provided file-based production and post services to corporate clients in the San Francisco bay area. He then joined the instructional staff for REDucation, teaching students in London, Mumbai, New York and Los Angeles.
Lovett is based out of the recently-opened Light Iron OUTPOST facility on Cole Avenue in Hollywood – only a mile from Light Iron’s flagship facility on De Longpre Avenue.