LA’s SIM Group has acquired Toronto-based post house Pixel Underground and its associated companies FINI Films and stationEX. Pixel Underground was founded by Marc Bachli and Marcus Valentin in 2009. It specializes in color grading, visual effects and online finishing, and serves a clientele that includes Canadian, US and European producers. FINI Films and StationEX, respectively, provide physical and file-based media fulfillment and distribution services.
Marc Bachli, partner/executive producer at Pixel Underground, says the move would help them shift further into scripted television and feature film post production. He notes that the company is currently building a DI-style color grading theater with true 4K monitoring and a pipeline to accommodate features.
Currently Pixel Underground provides of post services for television including for such unscripted shows as Mayday (National Geo), Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case (Discovery), Nowhere to Hide (Investigation Discovery US), Food Truck Face Off (Food Network) and American Pickers (History).
SIM has been in growth mode recently, expanding its service offerings and geographic reach, following its initial post acquisition of Bling Digital in 2009. Earlier this year, it entered the post 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,” says SIM Group president/CEO Rob Sim.
SIM Group CTO Chris Parker explains why Pixel Underground was a good choice for a post partner in Toronto. “Marc and Marcus are progressive thinkers who were the first to bring modern, file-based post production to Toronto. They bring a lot to the table in terms of knowledge, experience and culture.”