Eastman Kodak Co. is discontinuing its Cineon hardware product line, including scanners and recorders used to add digital special effects to film.
Kodak's Hollywood-based Professional Motion Imaging division produced Cineon's Genesis scanners (which digitize images on film) and Cineon's Lightning recorders (which convert the images back onto film). Last month, company officials decided that the hardware business just isn't profitable.
"The market was pretty widespread and pretty small," said Bob Gibbons, director of worldwide communications for Professional Motion Imaging. "It required a high investment in technology, so we were working against some pretty tough financial targets from the beginning to try and be profitable."
Kodak is now seeking a partner to take over its hardware business, either by way of a strategic relationship or an outright sale. That puts the jobs of about a dozen Culver City-based sales and marketing employees in limbo, Gibbons said. The main Cineon hardware manufacturing unit is at Kodak headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.