Our Story

In 1980 Janet Coleman was managing the only sound stage for rent in San Francisco, Stage A.  The stage was booked non-stop.  On a daily basis expendable replacements were needed immediately but never available. Janet recognized the need to provide supplies and equipment to local productions filming on stages and on location. She also saw that numerous independent grip and electric companies were starting up, and their trucks needed to be stocked. In 1984 she launched JCX, her own, independent expendables and equipment company in a small warehouse space on Army St. with one employee.

Janet operated on the honor system, and with respect for all.  She established valuable, long-term relationships with both local film makers and with all the Los Angeles manufacturers. JCX quickly became known as the only place one could turn to when you needed something fast, at a fair price, and delivered STAT. Best of all, deliveries were made by Janet’s husband Ealey Burke -a favorite and frequent visitor to customers and local film sets.

Over the years, in addition to film, television, and television commercials, JCX’s client base has grown to include still photographers, lighting designers, theaters, concert venues, tech companies, artists, and schools.

Today, JCX is owned and operated by Janet and Ealey’s long-time co-worker, valued friend, and SF Native: Jennifer
Burns. And JCX wouldn’t be the same without colleague and right-hand man extraordinaire Zack Lipson.

JCX offers in-house repair services for lighting, and we are happy to bid on any and all productions/projects/studio build outs, etc. We are proud to continue the legacy of great service, high standards and professional integrity started by Janet and Ealey. We invite you to come visit our showroom soon, or call/email us at: 415-824-4110 / Info@jcxex.com


With respect,

Jennifer Burns