Latest expansion enables
the company to deliver state-of-the-art post production services to Canadian,
U.S. and European producers through Toronto facility.

LOS ANGELES—Continuing its rapid expansion, the SIM Group has acquired
Toronto post-production facility Pixel Underground and its associated companies
FINI Films and stationEX. The move gives SIM Group the ability to deliver
complete post production and media distribution services in the Toronto market;
Pixel Underground is one of Ontario’s leading providers of post-production
services for television including for such shows as Mayday (Nat. Geo.), Motives
& Murders: Cracking the Case
(Discovery), Nowhere to Hide (Investigation Discovery US) , Food Truck Face Off (Food Network) and American Pickers (History).
Left to Right: Chris Parker, Marcus Valentin, Marc Bachli, Rob Sim

The acquisition of Pixel Underground is the latest in a
series of recent initiatives by SIM Group that have expanded its service
offerings and geographic reach, following its initial post-production
acquisition of Bling Digital in 2009. Earlier this year, it entered the
post-production market in Hollywood through its merger with Chainsaw, which
services such shows as American Idol and
the Academy Awards. Last year, it
acquired Canada-based PS Production Services, a supplier of grip and lighting
equipment. The company has also grown its presence in Los Angeles, Toronto,
Vancouver, Atlanta, Beijing and other markets with a service offering that
spans camera rentals, grip and lighting equipment, on-set workflow management,
editorial systems and post production. Its operating units include SIM Digital,
Bling Digital, PS Production Services, Chainsaw and now Pixel Underground.
“Our goal is to offer an array of services for the content
creator to ensure that their project is what they envisioned. This includes
control of the technical process from camera to data management, offline
finishing and delivery,” said SIM Group President and CEO Rob Sim. “As we grow,
we are committed to maintaining the quality, integrity and personalized service
that have been the trademark of SIM for more than 30 years.”
Pixel Underground was founded by Marc Bachli and Marcus
Valentin in 2009 and quickly developed into Toronto’s most modern, file-based
post-production facility. It specializes in color grading, visual effects and online
finishing, and serves a clientele that includes Canadian, U.S. and European producers.
FINI Films and StationEX, respectively, provide physical and file-based media
fulfillment and distribution services.
Marc Bachli, Partner/Executive Producer, Pixel Underground, said
that the move would help them shift further into scripted television and
feature film post production. He noted that the company is currently building a
digital-intermediate-style color grading theater with true 4K monitoring and a pipeline
to accommodate features.
“Since SIM Group supplies cameras, grip and lighting,
dailies and finishing, introductions to key people can help us gain strength in
the market,” added Bachli.
SIM Group CTO Chris Parker said that Pixel Underground was a
natural choice as a post-production partner in Toronto. “Marc and Marcus are
progressive thinkers who were the first to bring modern, file-based post production
to Toronto,” Parker said. “They bring a lot to the table in terms of knowledge,
experience and culture. It was the perfect opportunity for SIM Group to bring
cutting edge post-production to the Toronto market.”
About The SIM Group
Backed by Toronto-based
investment firm Granite Partners, The SIM Group is a leading supplier of
technology to the film and television industry. Its operating units, SIM
Digital, Bling Digital, PS Production Services and Chainsaw, 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. Chainsaw is a full-service post-production
facility based in Hollywood. It provides color grading, editorial finishing,
visual effects and related services for television, motion pictures and other
media. For more information, visit
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