ANGELES— Veteran post-production sales executive Jon
Johnson has joined Chainsaw, a SIM Group company, as Executive Vice President
of Sales. In his new role, Johnson will lead Chainsaw’s continued expansion
into scripted television, working to bring in new projects and extend the
post-production facility’s ties with studios, cable networks, streaming
outlets, independent producers and other content providers.
“Jon is a consummate professional.  He is smart, experienced and serves his clients
with great integrity,” said Chainsaw co-founder Bill DeRonde. “He is highly
regarded throughout the television industry, and a wonderful addition to the
Chainsaw family.”
Chainsaw has been a leader in unscripted television, awards
shows and specials for more than 20 years. Its credits run the gamut from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance  to The
Academy Awards
and The Kennedy Center
. Founders Bill DeRonde and Mike Polito have won a combined ten Emmy
Awards for their work as television editors. The company continues to broaden
its base into more scripted television and independent features.
Jon Johnson

“We offer the best of everything,” explains Polito. “We have
the latest gear, a highly efficient workflow and top talent. We bring the same
passion, efficiency and high level of customer service to scripted television
that has made us successful in the unscripted world.”
Johnson arrives at Chainsaw from Modern VideoFilm where he
also held the title of Executive Vice President of Sales. His tenure there
spanned 24 years and included extensive work with all the major television
studios and independent production companies. He began his career in the music
Johnson described his move to Chainsaw as a great
opportunity to build a world-class operation for scripted television. “We’re
willing to do whatever it takes to deliver high quality service to our
clients,” he said. “Chainsaw has been making big strides, assembling a great
team of artists, producers and support personnel. We have a great future.”
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, Chainsaw and Pixel Underground,
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.
Pixel Underground is a file-based post-production facility in Toronto that
specializes in color grading, visual effects and online finishing, with two
associated companies FINI Films and StationEX, which provide physical and
file-based media fulfillment and distribution services. For more information,
visit simgroup.com
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