Premiere Los Angeles Production Equipment & Camera Rentals for Professional Filmmakers

After fully adopting digital filmmaking in 2011 by only carrying digital cameras, Birns & Sawyer has continued to explore the innovations of the industry by supporting new digital trends, including LED lighting solutions.

Today, we exist for the filmmaker because we love films, we love making films, and we love helping others make their films a reality. We want nothing more than to be a part of your production so you can be a part of our history!

Birns and Sawyer’s History & Management

Our History

Celebrating Over 60 Years of Service

Founded by Jack Birns and Cliff Sawyer in 1954, Birns & Sawyer is a famed motion picture camera rental company that has quickly become the premiere place for professional filmmakers to buy and rent production equipment in Los Angeles.

In 1998, Gunner Lighting merged with Birns & Sawyer making Birns & Sawyer a full service rental house with Camera and Lighting Equipment.

In 2018, Birns & Sawyer moved to Los Angeles was purchased by the employees as an ESOP in 2019 and Mari Acevedo became the first woman CEO of Birns & Sawyer, in its 65 year history.

In 2020, Birns & Sawyer opened up internationally to Vancouver, Canada then in 2021 Birns & Sawyer opened in Manila, Philippines.

Mari Acevedo

CEO

Mari Acevedo has 27 years of system integration experience with broadcast camera packages.

Mari started her career in Hollywood with Walt Davis Enterprises/Steadi Systems. She later served at Hoffman Video Systems as Broadcast Equipment Account Rep for system integration projects. As the industry evolved, Mari formed her own company Hi-Def Inc to serve international clients in Digital Cinema and Broadcast A/V.

Mari is versed in all digital camera systems, multiplex systems, LED lighting and all support gear.

Michael Shugrue

President

Michael Shugrue has worked in the Film & Television Industry for the past 35 plus years.

He is a 4th generation Filmmaker & Technician.  He has owned and managed rental companies all over North America.  He has won 2 Emmy awards for his Technical and Camera work, and received a Emmy Award recognition for the TV Series “The West Wing.”

He has directed and produced live motor-sports and reality productions around the world.”

Quality Service & Gear

We are committed to provide exceptional service and gear ready-to-use.

Birns & Sawyer’s Office & Studio Staff

Beverly Vergel

Beverly Vergel

Business Development Director
Global Market

Paula Hill

Accounting Manager

Joe Johnson

Director of Rentals

Brandon Epperson

Director of Operations

Jim Alcantara

Director of Sales

Matthew Figueroa

Account Executive

Wyatt Grennan

Operations Coordinator

Brandon Bent

Prep Technician

Lucas Manansala

Optics Technician

Kiko Meily

Managing Director – Asia Pacific

Rebeca Sandoval

Returns Agent – Los Angeles

Tyler Shugrue

Returns Agent – Vancouver

Erika De Leon Case

Production Associate

Ron Engvaldsen

Director of Optics & Lens

Jazzmine Miralles

Rental Agent