Les Zellan of Cooke Optics | Interview snippets from NAB BuZZ 2019 podcasts with Larry Jordan

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Larry Jordan: From monitors, we turn our attention to the very beginning of the production process, which means lenses. And when you think lenses, you think Cooke Optics. And Les Zellan is the chairman of Cooke Optics. And as always Les, it's a delight to welcome you back.

Les Zellan: Great to be here, Larry.

Larry Jordan: For people that have heard of Cooke but may not know exactly what you guys do, how would you describe the company?

Les Zellan: Well, we areÔøΩ We've been in the lens-making business for the industry, a weekly film obviously, but now film and television since the 1880s.

Larry Jordan: Are you serious? It's that long.

Les Zellan:Yes. In fact, before George Eastman started Kodak in 1889, he came over to visit the founder of my company to see if that one's making hit. The whole history is just amazing.

Larry Jordan: Well, you've been the chairman for a while because you and I have been chatting many many years here at NAB. Tell us what you've got that's new for the show.

Les Zellan: Almost nothing this year.

To read and hear more of this 2019 NAB BuZZ podcast, go to the Simon Says media player here.

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About Larry Jordan/Digital Production BuZZ

Larry Jordan is a 50-year veteran of media. Throughout his career, he has edited, produced, and directed at the local and network TV levels, and he's done extensive work with corporate training videos. He started his namesake website,, in 2003 and began using his extensive industry knowledge to educate current and aspiring media professionals. He has authored nine books and thousands of how-to articles on both production and post-production.

Digital Production BuZZ is a weekly podcast that focuses on the latest trends and advancements in media technology and also shines a light on the industry's leading innovators.

To learn more about Digital Production BuZZ and Larry Jordan, head here.

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