Randy Gitsch, Operations Manager, PRO-TEK

I recently had a surprise while working on one of our client’s still image collections. Going through a series of boxes of Hollywood studio photography, preparing select titles for our PRO-TEK crew to inventory, archivally re-sleeve, scan and QC, I came across a box of 8”x10” negatives with no referenced motion picture title on it.  This box was unmarked except for the picture code, “ML-8”.  Unfortunately, our picture code reference didn’t include the code. A look inside the box revealed a dozen brittle paper sleeves holding a variety of negatives on what I recognized by their overall appearance and feel to be nitrocellulose, or nitrate film stock. Nitrate was the mainstay of still photography through the early 1940’s, when flammability and susceptibility to decay led to its replacement by acetate “safety film”. Unfortunately, acetate is also prone to organically deteriorate over time.

PRO-TEK, a division of LAC Group and formerly a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak, is the new Los Angeles warehouse and distribution hub for Kodak's motion picture film.  As of November 3, 2014, all orders formerly picked up at the Kodak Hollywood facility will be readied at the PRO-TEK site in Burbank.  Kodak will continue to be the initial point of contact for order placement.

LAC Group announced today that Rick Utley, Vice President, PRO-TEK Vaults, will retire effective December 31, 2014.  In conjunction with the move, Utley will become a member of the Board of Directors of parent company LAC Group. Tom Regal, most recently of Iron Mountain, will assume Utley's role as head of PRO-TEK operations.

LAC Group has agreed to acquire from Kodak substantially all of the assets of PRO-TEK, the company’s film preservation business specializing in archival storage, film inspection and repair, and library services for high-value moving image and still photography produced by the entertainment industry.

LAC Group, the Leader in Information Curation and Knowledge Management(SM), is proud to announce that it will be a Silver Sponsor of The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) slate of events in 2013-2014. AMIA is the leading not-for-profit international organization dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image and audio media.