LOS ANGELES — The Sim Group (www.simgroup.com) has promoted Chris Parker (left) to chief business development officer and Bill DeRonde (right) to president of post production. The moves help unify the company’s North American operating units that service film and television productions with everything from camera rental and grip and lighting packages to a full range of post production services.
Parker joined Sim Group in 2009 through its acquisition of Bling Digital, a company he co-founded. He will now manage the company’s entire umbrella of services.
“We’ve brought together an incredible group of companies, which, collectively, represent an unprecedented resource to film and TV producers,” says Parker. “I am very excited to continue working with the talented professionals at Sim to ensure the industry fully benefits from our unique ability to service shows from script to screen.”
DeRonde, the founder and president of Chainsaw, will now oversee the five post service providers in the group: Bling Digital, Chainsaw, Post Factory NY, Tattersall Sound & Picture, and Pixel Underground. A five-time Emmy Award-winning editor, DeRonde founded Chainsaw in 1996 and built the company into one of the largest independent post service providers in Los Angeles. The studio’s credits include work on American Idol, The Academy Awards, The Prime Time Emmy Awards, Game of Thrones and Madam Secretary. Chainsaw joined the SIM Group in 2014.
The Los Angeles-based companies will move into a new facility in Hollywood – the newly renovated, former Eastman Kodak building – which will serve as Sim Group’s West Coast headquarters. The location offers comprehensive service in camera rental, dailies workflow and post production, all under one roof. Parker and DeRonde have been integral in shaping the Sim Vision with their experience, passion and drive to deliver excellence.