On the heels of hiring a new president in Jeff Buchignani, Culver City-based editorial rental house Runway continues down its new path, adding two to its engineering staff. Johnathon Amayo (pictured above) has been brought on as VP of engineering. He brings over 20 years of experience in engineering, operations.
Runway has also hired Rwaana Barnes as senior engineer. He has 20-plus years in operations and support of editing and post facilities and services. Barnes was most recently senior engineer with Hula Post Production.
Amayo has a clear set of plans for Runway: “Helping our customers and partners sort out the wide range of workflows is at the top of the list,” he says. “Creating simple, clearly focused processes and tool sets to navigate the ever changing file formats and camera standards will allow us and our clients to leverage the next generation of media creation and distribution.”
Amaya, who has worked as a cameraman, editor, producer and educator, recently finished producing and directing a feature film for Truck20, Inc. He has also held management roles at Moviola, RTD Studios and Avid.
“I have spent a great deal of time looking at the big picture as well as the details of the workings of our business” he says. “Under Matt Cooper and his senior management team we are creating a new kind of force. Many observers talk about consolidation in our business. Runway is fine tuning what will be recognized as the right sized company. Our dense core of expertise bucks the current trend of organizations acquiring companies and soon after shedding key staff to try and stay competitive.”