2022 LMGI Awards Show Set for August 27, 2022

John Panzanella

Location Manager John Panzarella (Midnight Run, LA Confidential, The Italian Job, Vice) will receive this year’s esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 9th Annual LMGI Awards.  The LMGI Awards ceremony is returning live to the Los Angeles Center Studios on Saturday, August 27, 2022. The announcement was made by John Rakich, LMGI President and Awards Committee Chair.

Rakich noted, “The LMGI is honored to recognize John Panzarella, who has made indelible contributions to the craft of location management. With a career that spanned over 35 years of cinema classics and the great fortune to work with some amazing directors, producers and legendary production designers, it’s highly likely he has location managed more feature film days in Los Angeles than any other Location Manager.  He is most deserving to be honored with this year’s LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Known for his creative vision, Panzarella has turned the Los Angeles locale into a stand-in for many foreign locations.   While working on Vice starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney, his team managed to find seven countries and six states spanning six decades in and around L.A. Vice was Panzarella’s final show before retiring.

Among his more than 50 movies, Panzarella’s many credits include Lethal Weapon, Grand Canyon, Disclosure, The Parent Trap, Nurse Betty, Bandits, Elizabethtown, World Trade Center, Charlie Wilson’s War, Larry Crowne, Aloha, Hail, Caesar!, Jason Bourne and Rules Don’t Apply.

He has worked on numerous films for directors Cameron Crowe, Larry Kasdan, Blake Edwards, Barry Levinson, Curtis Hanson, Mike Nichols, Nancy Meyers, Warren Beatty and the Coen Brothers, among many others. His closest ties have been with the talented production designers Jeanine Oppewall and Clay Griffith, and has worked with Academy Award® winners Bill Creber, Ted Haworth, Dean Tavoularis and Patrice Vermette. For more information, click below:

The LMGI Awards honor the creative visual contributions by location professionals in film, television and commercials from around the globe. Outstanding service by film commissions is also recognized for their support “above and beyond” during the production process. For a list of 2022 LMGI Awards nominees, click here.

The LMGI Awards are sponsored by Title: Studio Air Conditioning; Diamond: Board Brothers, Inc., Netflix; Platinum:Trilith Studios, Wrigley Media Group, 123 Spirits; Gold: Balloo Hire Centres, Classic Tents & Events, Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), FilmLA, Honolulu Film Office,  Toni Maier On Location, Inc., William F. White International Inc.; Silver: Fresco Film Services – Spain & Portugal, Giggster, Hollywood Locations, Inland Empire Film Services, Los Angeles Center Studios, Magic Rentals, Universal Studios Stages & Backlot, Production Security Services, Reel Health & Reel Security, Reel Waste & Recycling, Riverside County Film Commission, Skye Rentals,Teamsters Local 399, The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites; Bronze: A-Zone Trailers, California Film Commission, Directors Guild of Canada-British Columbia; Directors Guild of Canada-Ontario;  El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office; ON-SET Displays, Pacific Production Services, Pacific Traffic Control, Placer-Lake Tahoe Film, Savannah Regional Film Commission, The Location Portal; Media Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter, The Location Guide, SHOOT Magazine, Variety.

For LMGI sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carol Skeldon at LMGIawards@ingledodd.com.


The Location Managers Guild International/LMGI is a global organization of career location professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries dedicated to upholding the highest ethical standards. Through local commitment and international strength, we support strong relationships between production and government agencies, businesses, and communities. We promote awareness of our place in the entertainment industry as indispensable creative collaborators through a variety of innovative programs.  The LMGI was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)(6), non-profit corporation as the LMGA and rebranded in 2016 to reflect its growing international membership. The LMGI is not a labor union and does not represent Location Managers/Scouts in wage or working condition negotiations. For more information about #LMGI and the #LMGIawards, visit www.LocationManagers.org or follow the LMGI on Facebook (@TheLMGI), Instagram (@locationmanagersguild), and Twitter (@TheLMGI).

LMGI CONTACT: Erika Howard • 310.967.2007 • awards@LocationManagers.org 

MEDIA CONTACT: Cheri Warner · Weissman/Markovitz Communications • 818.760.8995  • cheri@publicity4all.com

SPONSORSHIP/ADVERTISING CONTACT: Carol Skeldon • IngleDodd Media · 310.650.8838 • LMGIawards@Ingledodd.com