Furthering its expansion in New York, SIM Group adds one of the East
Coast’s top independent post-production facilities to its network of companies.

LOS ANGELES— The SIM Group, a leading supplier
of production and post-production equipment and services to the motion picture
and television industry, has entered into an agreement today to merge with Post
Factory NY, one of New York City’s largest independent providers of
post-production services.
The move significantly enhances the SIM Group’s East
Coast presence. The company’s Bling Digital unit recently opened a facility in
Brooklyn, offering dailies, off-line editorial and finishing services. Post
Factory NY has two Manhattan facilities, comprising of 38,000 square feet, with
more than 60 editing suites, two color grading suites, a DI theater and post
production sound. Future plans call for further development of finishing
services, both for feature films and dramatic TV series.
(l to r) Kim Spikes, Caryn
Horowitz, Chris Parker, Alex Halpern.

“It’s the perfect marriage to help us service the New
York post-production market,” said SIM Group CTO Chris Parker. “Our companies
share a common culture that is customer-centric and service-focused. It’s the
people at Post Factory NY who set it apart and that was what really attracted
us to them.”
“This addition will allow us to more effectively
address the needs of clients on the East Coast and throughout North America,”
said SIM Group CEO Rob Sim. “It provides a great path for both companies to
grow and to offer a more comprehensive mix of services. We are very excited to
welcome Post Factory NY to the SIM Group family.”
Post Factory, which will continue to operate under its
current name and management, gains expanded resources and geographic reach
through the ability to align with Bling and other SIM Group companies,
including SIM Digital, PS Production Services, Chainsaw, Pixel Underground and
Tattersall Sound & Picture.
Post Factory Founding Partner and CEO Alex Halpern said
that his company, too, was seeking a path for growth. “We were looking for a
partner who we felt understood our philosophy and roots and would help us
accelerate our growth while preserving our culture,” he said. “We wanted a path
to service our clients on the West Coast, without diminishing our presence at
home in New York. As an independent company, that’s challenging. Now, we have
not only gained a West Coast presence, but also an international presence. That
will enable us to better service our clients working around the world. It’s
fantastic.”

“The companies in the SIM Group have a great
reputation,” added Post Factory COO Kim Spikes. “We are very excited to
introduce our clients to them. We expect to find a lot of opportunities to
share and collaborate between the East and West coasts.”
Post Factory’s clientele includes HBO, Fox, ITV and
Paramount, as well as many independent producers. It has a strong record for
supporting filmmakers in New York and beyond.
Caryn Horowitz, the company’s Managing Partner, said
that the company hopes to deepen its relationships with filmmakers by tapping
into the SIM Group network. She cited Bling Digital’s expertise in dailies
processing as an example. “I found Sim’s facilities in Toronto and LA very
impressive and the added services we can offer to our NY clients, with Bling’s
skilled staff, really enhance and complement what we offer our customers,” she
said.
“We’ve been thrilled by the rapid success of our Bling
Digital office in Brooklyn,” Parker added. “There has been tremendous demand. There
is also growing need for our other specialty services such as the live events
handled by Chainsaw. New York is unique in that it produces all types of
programs including movies, TV series and live events, and our unique blend of
services addresses that demand.”
Alongside the added physical resources, Halpern said
that he looks forward to being part of a larger creative team. “Both companies
are very collaborative,” he said. “It’s exciting to have more resources and
more brain power.”
About
The SIM Group
Backed by Toronto-based investment firm
Granite Partners, the SIM Group is a leading supplier of production equipment,
workflow and post-production solutions, with offices across the US, Canada and
China. Our diverse services can be utilized on any production at any stage. In
Canada, our offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax service grip and lighting
from PS Production Services and can be complemented with SIM Digital
cinematography and playback equipment for any production’s needs.  Bling,
Chainsaw, Pixel Underground and Tattersall Sound and Picture provide an
array of services from dailies, to online and offline editing, to final
color/DI and visual effects, to sound editorial and mixing. Bling’s services,
which include a comprehensive workflow solution, are offered at all offices
across the US and Canada, as well as off-site service through POD (Post on
Demand).  Chainsaw’s full-service facility in Hollywood provides creative
editorial and extensive finishing services with some of the top colorists in
the industry. Rounding out the family of companies are Pixel
Underground, a Toronto-based post-production company, and its associated
service, StationEX, which provides physical and file-based media fulfillment
and encoding/distribution services, and Tattersall Sound and Picture, a
provider of sound editorial and mixing for motion pictures and
television. For more information, visit simgroup.com
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