Vice President PRO-TEK Media Preservation Services
Richard (Rick) Utley is the divisional vice president of PRO-TEK Preservation Services for FPC, Inc., a Kodak company. He is Kodak’s primary liaison with studio asset protection managers and other moving image content owners in addition to supervising the PRO-TEK preservation vaults, inspection center and restoration management services. His relationship with cinematography includes almost 40 years of collaboration on the final print product.
Utley began his career in the motion picture industry in 1966 as an apprentice at Metrocolor Laboratories on the MGM Studio lot. He spent 24 years at Metrocolor and was superintendent of lab operations from 1983 to 1989. Utley was manager of lab operations for Technicolor, Inc., in Los Angeles from 1989 until he joined Kodak in May of 1993 to develop a new technology business of preservation vault services for FPC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kodak. At PRO-TEK, he has been largely responsible for preserving the work of cinematographers through virtually all-major studio clients.
A member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) since 1993 serving on their board of directors as Treasurer for six years. His desire to see students of media preservation have a better understanding of the industry led him to develop the Kodak Fellowship that includes a six week internship working within the industry utilizing both photochemical and digital tools. He initiated and grew the vendor exhibit at the annual conference where over 25 vendors of preservation and restoration products and services are displayed.
He is also an active member of the Association of Cinema Video Laboratories (ACVL) and SMPTE.
Background Information - Restoration
PRO-TEK has been involved in many theatrical restorations of notoriety; My Fair Lady with Robert Harris and James Katz, the initial inspection work on “God Father”, “Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines” 65mm original camera negative, “Vertigo”, “Rear Window”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Godfather I, II and III (digital) to name a few.