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Executive Takes Lead Role With SIM Group; Rob Sim Becomes Vice Chairman
Effective May 16

Toronto—The Sim Group’s Board of Directors has appointed a
new President and CEO, James (Jamie) Haggarty, effective May 16, 2016.  After successfully expanding and diversifying
the company he founded 34-years ago, Rob Sim is moving into a new role as Vice
Chairman.  The company has expanded
rapidly over the past few years, encompassing a network of complementary brands
that service the production and post production industries.   James will focus on enhancing the innovation and execution that SIM
customers need while accelerating key growth strategies for the company.
“Jamie is an accomplished executive with leadership
experience in technology, traditional media, digital media, sports and entertainment,”
said Jeffrey Cairns, Chairman of the Board. “We are confident in Jamie’s
abilities to lead this organization during this dynamic time for all parties in
the creation and distribution of content.”
James Haggarty

James most recently served as Managing Director at Gibraltar & Co,
where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and business development of small and
large companies.  Prior to that, he was
CEO of SHOP.CA, an e-commerce and technology company.  James has spent
most of his career in media, having held various positions in broadcasting,
cable and telecommunications such as EVP Television Operations at Rogers
Broadcasting, VP Financial Operations at Rogers Media and VP Corporate
Development and VP Operations at CORUS Entertainment.  James played leadership roles in acquiring,
launching and operating radio & TV stations, magazines and websites, in
addition to innovative programs that attracted record-level audiences as well
as acclaim from customers.

 “I am honoured to be part of a company that
has shown such growth over the years, while continuing to navigate the
ever-changing landscape of the entertainment industry. Rob Sim has dedicated
his life to building an impressive organization that includes fantastic talent,
accomplished businesses and exceptional customer relationships. I am truly
excited to be a part of it,” said Haggarty. “Whether leading mature brands, early stage companies,
turn-around situations, or launching new services, my proven track record of innovation
and success across various industries has given me a strong foundation to apply
to the SIM Group.”
“As a strategic, operational and financial executive with extensive
cross-functional leadership experience, Jamie is skilled in motivating his teams
to generate product-improvements, outstanding customer service and increased
enterprise value. He is an effective communicator comfortable dealing with
customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, boards of directors and regulators.
He is a motivational leader with proven operational and interpersonal skills
developed in public and private companies,” said Cairns.
“Reflecting on the enormous success and growth of our
company, it has become necessary for me to re-evaluate my role within the SIM
Group,” said Rob Sim. “As the company continues its upward trajectory, I
believe now is the time for me to take a step back from the heavy lifting of
running the company and hand the reins over to a new leader to take the SIM
Group into the future,” said Sim. “When I started
Sim Video over 34 years ago, I had no idea it would become what it is today. I
am so proud of the hard work that people have put into building this business.
As we welcome Jamie to the Sim Group Family, I look forward to continuing to be
a part of the growth and teamwork that is evident within our people and our
projects. ”
About The SIM
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 spanning North America, the SIM Group provides
stellar products and services for features such as Legendary’s upcoming
“Warcraft,” to the hugely successful “Game of Thrones,” to the Oscar-winning
film “Spotlight.” From reality shows including “American Idol,” to blockbusters
“Deadpool” and hit series “Mr. Robot,” SIM Group has collaborated with
producers, directors, cinematographers, post-production supervisors and studios
to bring their vision to life. Toronto and
Vancouver provides grip and lighting from PS Production Services and can be
complemented with SIM Digital cinematography and playback equipment from any of
its offices in Canada, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Bling, Chainsaw, Pixel
Underground, Tattersall Sound and Picture and Post Factory NY 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 provides a
comprehensive workflow solution in the US, Canada and abroad, as well as
off-site service through POD (Post on Demand).  Chainsaw provides creative
editorial and extensive finishing services with some of the top colorists in
the industry. Pixel Underground, is a Toronto-based post-production company,
and physical and file-based media fulfillment and encoding/distribution
services, Tattersall Sound and Picture is a provider of sound editorial and
mixing for motion pictures and television. Post Factory NY is considered one of
the East Coast’s top independent post-production facilities.  The SIM Group Hollywood has begun relocating its Los Angeles operations to
a 65,000+ square foot building located in the former historic Eastman Kodak
building off Las Palmas. The building will house SIM Group companies Sim
Digital, Bling and Chainsaw in its flagship West Coast office. For more information, visit
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