(Burbank, CA--April 25, 2019) Burbank, CA. For 50 years, Matthews Studio Equipment has been dedicated to creating support equipment that “Complements Your Imagination”. There isn’t a set around the world that doesn’t have their legacy equipment – from stands to clamps to camera mounts and more. Matthews is also known for aligning themselves with working professionals who have seen a void and created equipment -- like the MAX Menace Arm, the Dutti Dolly, and TheBOX -- to solve their on-set challenges. This year, in addition to expanding their sales staff, MSE is excited about the newest addition to the Matthews family – Robert Magness as Director of Marketing.
Robert Magness might have excelled at writing at USC, but his heart was in the technical side. While getting his feet wet in the industry, he worked at Arclight Hollywood, the ultimate Networking job. Who knew that his fellow film-fans would become camera ops, actors, directors and writers?
His networking talents grew into sales expertise at EVS, then (after a little travel) he planted his feet firmly in L.A. – and settled with The Vitec Group, representing Manfrotto and Avenger Grip – first L.A. and then globally. He admits – his eye was always on Matthews – “friendly competitors” he says lightly.
Then came that opportunity, the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat them join them.” At one of the most attended and fun post Cine Gear parties, Ed and Tyler Phillips took Magness on a tour of the new equipment production facilities. “They weren’t hiding that they’re constantly creating new support to solve the ever-increasing range of challenges production presents,” he says. “I liked that. And wanted to be part of it.”
Magness’s mixture of on-set experience as a former PA and sales acumen was a perfect fit. It’s been just a few months – and Magness is still finding his way. “But I’m really excited about talking to anyone and everyone about MSE products,” he enthuses. “MSE is making all the gear and kits I aspired to have when I first started, because it was what the pros had.”
Stop by Matthews home base in Burbank, where you can see MSE equipment – manufactured in the USA, and chat with Robert Magness about your needs. And, don’t forget to join us at Cine Gear 2019 and he’ll be happy to tell you how Matthews is future proofing the industry – solving problems when they are noticed – or even before a new tool is needed. “There are so many more careers for visual creators – new formats – new concepts. I’m looking forward to continuing diving into MSE’s 50 years of archives to re-purpose our history – and looking as far into the future as we can – solving problems of today and 50 years from now.”
About Matthews Studio Equipment
MSE is a 50-year-old manufacturer of industry-specialized hardware, camera and lighting support. Its equipment is being used on entertainment productions and in major studios in over 90 countries around the world. The company has been honored with two Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. Matthews has also been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Achievement. MSE offices are located at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 4520 West Valerio Street, Burbank, CA 91505. www.msegrip.com
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