Sim Group acquires Toronto's Pixel Underground
December 2, 2014

Sim Group acquires Toronto's Pixel Underground

LOS ANGELES — The Sim Group ( continues to expand, having just acquired Toronto-based post facility Pixel Underground, and its associated companies Fini Films and StationEX. The move gives Sim Group the ability to deliver complete post production and media distribution services in the Toronto market.

Pixel Underground is a provider of post services for television, including for such shows as Mayday (National Geographic), Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case (Discovery), Nowhere to Hide (Investigation Discovery US), Food Truck Face Off (Food Network) and American Pickers (History). The company 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.

L-R: Chris Parker, Marcus Valentin, Marc Bachli and Rob Sim

SIM Group acquired Bling Digital in 2009 and earlier this year, it entered the post production 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,” says Sim Group president and CEO Rob Sim. “This includes control of the technical process from camera to data management, offline finishing and delivery. As we grow, we are committed to maintaining the quality, integrity and personalized service that have been the trademark of SIM for more than 30 years.”