About Cinelease Studios

The best way to allow a filmmaker to tell his or her story is to provide them the box and then get out of the way so they can do their job.

  • Gannon Murphy, General Manager, Cinelease Studios
  • Cinelease Studios is a unique studio management team that was created as a natural extension of the respected Cinelease and Herc Entertainment names.

    Combining a shared history of serving the film and entertainment industry for 45 years, Cinelease Studios has created a pathway to the most exclusive studio experience.

    With unique studios conveniently located in film-friendly cities throughout the United States, our team unites Cinelease’s unmatched customer service and vast stock of lighting and grip equipment, with the reliability and convenience of in-house Herc Entertainment heavy equipment, climate control and power solutions.

    To expand beyond our foundation as a lighting and grip rental company and emerge as the exclusive industry partner navigating the evolving demands of production by offering an expanded suite of studio management services.

    Cinelease Studios was created as a studio management division to cultivate a flexible, cost- conscious environment for production companies to develop content. We offer our partners a custom studio experience by integrating Cinelease’s 45 years of industry experience and decades of unmatched customer service with our ability to source leading edge technology and trusted Herc equipment solutions.

    Cinelease Since ‘77

    Since our inception in 1977, Cinelease was built on a foundation of providing premier customer service and the highest quality brand name lighting and grip equipment for TV and Film productions. Backed and supported by Herc Rentals, we have the resources to reinvest in the newest equipment technology that the industry has to offer.

    For over 45 years Cinelease has earned an industry leading reputation as the gold standard for which the Cinelease Team takes to heart. Cinelease spans 10 cities in the busiest production states across the nation, which enables us to deliver top quality service and solutions to our diverse customer base.

    In addition to focusing and growing our core business, Cinelease has also made giving back to the film communities a priority. This has been accomplished by supporting film students across the country, sponsoring events like “Women in Film,” and donating equipment to organizations like Diaspora, Inc., a local non-profit focused on assisting and expanding training opportunities in Africa’s growing entertainment business. These are just some of the efforts Cinelease is happy to be involved with and lend our support.

    Our coast-to-coast service enables you to choose locations from a 60,000 square foot lot in the heart of New York (Cinelease Studios, Brooklyn) to an entire island in the iconic San Francisco Bay Area (Film Mare Island). Our team has equipped these spaces with knowledgeable and experienced staff, easy access to loading docks, plentiful parking, and streamlined logistics.

    Cinelease Studios offers a variety of locations perfect for episodic TV or medium sized films, or any client looking for cost-effective, flexible, and high-tech capacity spaces. Our Studio management team is actively involved in our communities and we pride ourselves in our ability to build and maintain professional relationships with key stakeholders. Cinelease Studios is committed to creating the best solutions for our clients that have trusted both Herc and the Cinelease Family for over 45 years.

    Gannon Murphy

    General Manager

    Atlanta native and a resident of Los Angeles for approximately 20 years, Gannon began his career in entertainment in 1996 before working and living in Europe, Southeast Asia and California.  Graduating with Certificate in Business Studies and a Liberal Arts degree from University of California (Los Angeles), Gannon has been with Cinelease for 6 years.  In addition to his leadership role at the Entertainment Division of Herc Rentals and the Lighting & Grip Division of Cinelease, the Cinelease Studios brand and team have become his main focus with the intention of expanding the services offered to our clients and further integrating the businesses.   

    Gannon sits on the Executive Board of several trade associations designed to promote, clarify, and educate on film/television tax incentives (Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey). Currently, Gannon is the Board Chair of the Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition and Board President of the Screen Alliance of New Jersey. Also, within the industry, Gannon joined the Leadership Team for the Safety for Sarah Film Foundation to enable funding for students that integrate industry safety practices as part of the filmmaking process. Outside of the industry, Gannon is on the Executive Leadership Team of the Atlanta Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and actively engages in fundraising and awareness at the annual Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

    Jessa Grazioplene

    Director Of Studio Client

    Jessa started her path in studio management in 2010 overseeing a 30 Acre, state-of-the-art, purpose-built production campus where she built and developed the Studio Operations department until 2019. 

    Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Atlanta, GA to establish a new division of client facing studio management.

    Her passion for problem solving, logistics and her ability to analyze situations with an open-minded approach has helped her craft creative and innovative solutions that best support production clientele. With her dependability, honesty, dedication and enthusiasm, she proudly promotes perfecting client experience.

    Derek Elkins

    Director, National Studio
    Sales & Operations

    Derek Elkins brings over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry to the Cinelease family, with a focus on operations, sales, and marketing. His experience spans all forms of media – including film, television, short-form, music, live entertainment, and broadcasting.

    Prior to joining Cinelease, Derek served as the Vice President of Studio Operations for Tyler Perry Studios. In that role he oversaw the development of the Studio’s 330-acre campus from a decommissioned army base to one of the largest production facilities in North America.

    Bill Sanford

    Manager, Division Operations

    Bill Sanford’s career has spanned over 25 years in operations management. He is especially adept at tailoring operations to create a superior customer experience for our clients.

    Bill analyzes each process with an eye towards constant improvement as well as advancing the organization’s mission. He has demonstrated success in developing and implementing policies and procedures that ensure safety, efficiency, and stellar results.

    Bill Waltman

    Project Development Manager

    Bill Waltman has been working in studio management for the past 20 years with expertise in facilities management. Most recently as Project Development Manager for Cinelease Studios.

    Bill brings over 30 years of hands on experience in general construction with an emphasis in electrical and HVAC integration as it pertains to production in the entertainment industry.

    Shane Sibert

    Manager of Studio Client Relations

    An East coast native hailing from Philadelphia, Shane has 10+ years on set. Before joining the Cinelease Studios Division Shane was the Best Boy Grip on some of the largest Productions within the Tri-State area including Creed, Creed II, Split, and Glass.

    With a background in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Drexel University, Shane primarily focuses on providing seamless operation for our clients on the ground.

    Daniel S. Basso

    Area Manager

    Dan is closing in on 20 years of experience in the motion picture and television industry. Having provided services in major US markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, New Mexico and Louisiana, he has held GM, Executive Director and VP roles in both sales and operations, spanning grip and lighting rentals, manufacturing and studio services with Paskal Lighting, Paramount Pictures, and PRG.

    Recently returning to the New York City area, Dan is eager to continue to provide a positive client experience with the desire to expand Cinelease Studios market share.

    Curtis Neeld

    Manager of Studio
    Operations Finance

    Prior to joining Cinelease Studios, Curtis served as the Controller at New Mexico’s largest film studio.

    With 10 years of industry experience, he specializes in the studio’s accounting operations.

    Cherie Park

    Business Development Manager

    A Los Angeles native, Cherie Park has been working within the Entertainment industry for over 20 years with deep rooted relationships in every facet of the business.  She is able to bring meaningful partnerships together to help build Cinelease Studio’s brand equity with a focus on long term opportunities.

    Cherie’s previous experience includes developing and marketing one of the largest stage facilities in North America, as well as launching a studio services division for a global licensing and distribution platform.