The SIM Group, a supplier of production equipment, is merging with and indie post house Chainsaw. Both are headquartered in Hollywood. The merger is expected to close next month. Chainsaw will operate under its current name as a unit of The SIM Group.
The SIM Group, which also has offices in Canada and China, has been in growth mode for the past several years, especially through its post division Bling Digital, which provides post-production services to a number of scripted television series.
Chainsaw, which specializes in unscripted and live event programming such as The Academy Awards and American Idol, will help expand SIM’s post resources and extend its reach.
“Chainsaw’s robust services and diverse client base are very complementary to the services and clientele of SIM,” says James Martin, chief strategy officer, The SIM Group. “Uniting these two companies enhances our ability to offer true, end-to-end service packages to film and television producers.”
“As the newest member of The SIM Group, we see many opportunities to further our growth and better serve our clients,” says Chainsaw founder Bill DeRonde. “We are very excited to embark on this new chapter that will continue to allow us to offer the best possible product to our clients. We gain access to more resources and talent, as well as additional markets for our services.”
Founded in 1996 by DeRonde, with co-owner Mike Polito joining him in 2000, both with multiple Emmy Awards for editing under their belts, Chainsaw provides creative editorial, editorial finishing, color grading, visual effects and other services through fully-integrated, digital facilities in Hollywood. It also features a DI theater for feature film finishing and a large satellite facility with editorial systems and space available on a rental basis. Other credits for Chainsaw include So You Think You Can Dance, The Kennedy Center Honors, Teen Wolf, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Blackish, America’s Got Talent and The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert.
The SIM Group, founded by Rob Sim in 1982, comprises three operating units: SIM Digital, Bling Digital and PS Production Services that, respectively, provide camera and production equipment, post-production technology and services, and lighting and grip gear. With offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Halifax and Beijing, it services such shows as Fargo, Suits, Pacific Rim, Hell on Wheels and The Vampire Diaries.
SIM Group CTO Chris Parker says that the company is eager to introduce Chainsaw clients to new, leading-edge services. “This merger bolsters our post-production offering, enabling us to keep pace with our growing demand,” he noted. “At the same time, we are very excited about the opportunity to introduce Chainsaw clients to a broader and more complete range of services.” Parker adds that this expansion is a direct response to demands from studios and other producers for comprehensive post-production offerings.
Rob Sim says that he expects the integration of the two companies to proceed smoothly, noting that they represent similar cultures and histories. “We share the same values in terms of servicing our customers,” Sim observed. “We look forward to working together toward our common goal of delivering excellence every day.”
Photo Caption Main Image (L-R): Bill DeRonde, Mike Polito, James Martin and Chris Parker.