The SIM Group’s new source for cameras, lighting,
grip, and other production and post-production gear will be located at Muskoka
North Film Studios.

TORONTO—The SIM Group, a leading Canadian supplier of technology
to the film and television industry, is opening a new location in Northern
Ontario.
Located at the
Muskoka North Film Studios in Parry Sound, Ontario, the new office will feature
products and services from each of the SIM Group’s operating units: SIM
Digital, a supplier of cameras and other production gear; PS Production
Services, a supplier of lighting, grip, generator and specialty products;  and Bling Digital, a specialist in
post-production technology and services. The office will thus serve as a
one-stop solution for film and television productions in Northern Ontario and
throughout the region.

The Muskoka North
Film Studios features an 8000 square foot studio and is one of the
best-equipped studios in the region. The SIM Group will provide a variety of
services to the facility, including support for its grid and green screen set
up.
“We are thrilled to
have SIM Group at Muskoka North Film Studios,” said Muskoka North Film Studios
President Wendy Morrow.  “Having the grid
and green screen set up will encourage more productions to maximize production
value by filming in our ideal soundstage. Having easy access to a package truck
and generators, along with locally trained technicians, will ease productions’
requirements for film supplies in Parry Sound and across Northern Ontario.”
Parry Sound and
other northern production centres have recently experienced a spike in
production activity due to enticing grants from The Northern Ontario Heritage
Fund, which supports the local film and television industry. SIM Group’s SIM
Digital and PS Production Services units have been working with local production
crews in Northern Ontario for more than five years encompassing such film and
television productions as Kids in the
Hall
, October Gale, The Colony, Oliver Sherman, A Very Larry
Christmas
, Skating to New York
and Midnight Masquerade to name a
few.
The SIM Group will
be hiring Northern Ontario residents for the operation in Parry Sound. The
company will also extend its highly successful internship program to include schools
in Northern Ontario.
The SIM Group sees Northern
Ontario as a growing centre for film and television production and is confident
that the service offerings of its new location will attract local producers. “We
have been providing equipment and support to the growing Northern Ontario film
community for over five years and 15-plus productions,” said Michal Drabot, Vice
President and General Manager of PS Toronto. “It is very exciting to continue
to this support for our current and future clients. With our total service
package, PS/SIM/Bling, and now a partnership with a great studio operation, I
see continued growth and success.”
For more
information about the new location, please visit www.simgroup.com.  
About The SIM Group
The SIM Group, which is majority owned by investment firm, Granite
Partners, is a leading supplier of technology to the film and television
industry. Its operating units, SIM Digital, Bling Digital and PS Production
Services, maintain offices across the USA, Canada and China. SIM Digital is a
world-class rental facility specializing in digital production equipment and
workflow services. SIM Digital offers one of the largest and most diverse
inventories of the latest digital cinematography tools from top manufacturers
including ARRI, Sony, RED, Panasonic, Canon, Fujinon, Angenieux, Zeiss, Cooke.
In tandem with its innovative Bling Digital division, the company offers the
industry’s most comprehensive workflow solutions for feature and television
production, encompassing cameras, data, dailies, offline editorial, finishing
and archiving. PS Production Services is a rental supplier of lighting, grip,
generators and dolly equipment. For more information, visit www.simgroup.com.
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