Who knew that when PS Production Services began as a small 2-man start up in 1972 that it would grow to a 130-person company in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.
We set out with a worthy vision for what Canadian filmmakers needed.
That can-do spirit still exists today.
Canada-wide, the approach is simple – we look after you with no questions asked. Because when you’re under deadline pressure, having people to count on makes a difference.
We'll stay late to track down the camera lens you need and we'll make extra phone calls to confirm the right specs. And we'll take your call at 3 in the morning.
Whether you're a small indie film or a big Hollywood production, we're here to help.
Our comprehensive inventory includes state-of-the-art equipment lines. See the details on our website. And if something you are looking for isn’t mentioned there, just call us.
PS. It is about more than just getting you the right equipment. It's supporting you all the way from pre-planning to final wrap.
22-year-old Doug Dales along with friend, Brian Greenspan, purchase a small Vancouver production equipment rental company. The two, determined to begin careers in the Canadian film industry, use this equipment to service commercials and independent productions shooting in Toronto.
PS Production Services Ltd. establishes itself as a key player in the Canadian production equipment rental industry as the company begins providing an increasing number of commercials and producers with camera and lighting equipment.
PS reaches a deal to service the $2.2 million Canadian/U.K. co-production, Power Play, starring high-profile talents, Peter O'Toole and Donald Pleasance.
Now considered a major production equipment supplier for indigenous Canadian productions, PS Production Servies Ltd., supplies Next of Kin, Atom Egoyan’s first feature film.
PS Production Services Ltd., with partner Atlantis Films, construct the 100,000-square-foot Cinevillage complex in Toronto. Cinevillage houses the two companies plus two fully equipped soundstages and extra office space. The surrounding area subsequently becomes Toronto’s Studio District.
PS Atlantic is founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company begins working on projects of every size in all four Atlantic provinces and supplies major East Coast features such as Margaret’s Museum.
PS Production Services Ltd. marks its first foray into foreign territory when it supplies Bat 21, a Vietnam war film shot in Borneo starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover. PS ships 18,000 pounds of equipment for the project including a custom-made generator that fit within the hold of a wide-body 747.
PS Production Services Ltd. enters a period of high-growth, averaging 30% per year-a trend that continues for the next four years.
PS Production Services Ltd. acquires Lightsource, a production equipment rental competitor located in Toronto.
PS Production Services Ltd. buys the interest of Citadel Productions in Atlantic Canada and takes full ownership of the operation.
PS Production Services Ltd. supplies the television series Sinbad which is shot entirely in South Africa.
PS Production Services Ltd. goes live with HITS, the Hollywood Inventory Tracking System, allowing the company to keep track of inventory in multiple locations.
Doug Dales is awarded the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Bill Hilson Award for outstanding service to the Canadian production industry.
PS Production Services Ltd. moves from 65 Heward Avenue to its current location at 80 Commissioners Street in Toronto, gaining 35,000 additional square-feet of space to house its ever-growing production equipment inventory.
Doug Dales is awarded the Canadian Film and Television Production Association's Jack Chisholm Award.
Douglas Barrett joins PS Production Services Ltd. as Executive Chairman. With nearly 30 years of experience providing legal advice and strategic guidance to the Canadian film and television industry, Barrett serves on the Boards of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, the Banff Television Festival and the Feature Film Project of the Canadian Film Centre.
PS Production Services Ltd. signs a deal with Paramount Production Services, a division of Paramount Pictures, for additional equipment support in Toronto.
PS Production Services Ltd. supplies The Chronicles of Riddick, a huge breakthrough feature project starring Vin Diesel.
PS also goes live with Rental Works, the newest generation of inventory tracking technology designed for Universal Pictures and enhanced to accommodate PS' multiple locations.
PS Production Services Ltd. acquires Panavision's Toronto lighting and grip business.
PS Production Services Ltd. establishes a formal presence in Winnipeg and Regina with the official acquisition of partner, Luminaire Production Services Inc.
PS Production Services Ltd. announces its entry into digital cinematography with the introduction of the groundbreaking RED ONE Digital Camera.