February 2, 2017 (TORONTO)— On February 1st, PS Production Services hosted its annual Dinner on the Hill to celebrate the Canadian production community, awarding a producer whose sustained, voluntary, selfless service, contribution, and commitment has benefited the Canadian film and television production industry. Held in conjunction with the Canadian Media Producers Association’s Prime Time Conference, this year’s event honoured Scott Garvie, SVP, Business and Legal Affairs of Shaftesbury as the recipient of the 2017 Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award, named for the late Doug Dales, founder of PS Production Services.
A division of the SIM Group, PS Production Services fuels the Canadian film industry with motion picture and television production equipment service, with a robust offering of lighting & grip, generators, trucks, cranes, dollies and more. SIM Group, a Canadian company, is a fundamental part of the global film and television industry, delivering expert services at every point in the production process, from first frame through finishing.
As Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Garvie has overseen the negotiation and implementation of all development, financing, sales and recoupment arrangements for Shaftesbury since 1994. Garvie serves as Executive Producer on all of Shaftesbury’s productions and has been key to growing the company into one of Canada’s leading creators of original content.
“Scott is a talented producer with an admirable commitment to the Canadian production industry,” said James Haggarty, President & CEO, SIM Group. “We applaud his strategic relationships with key broadcast and financing partners, which have been integral to Shaftesbury’s success and to the industry as a whole.”
Garvie has contributed to Shaftesbury’s award-winning content for television and digital platforms including Houdini & Doyle for Sony Pictures Television, Shaw Media, ITV and Fox, thriller series Slasher for Super Channel and Chiller and 10 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment. In addition to his role at Shaftesbury, Garvie currently serves as the Chair of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) for over 15 years and sits on the FilmOntario Board. He is also a former Chair of the Ontario Producer’s Panel and served on the board of the Canadian Television Fund for four years.
“I’m honoured to receive this award for my work at Shaftesbury and my involvement in the entertainment industry,” Garvie said. “It’s great to join members of the creative community, SIM Group and the PS team to embrace the spirit of Canadian TV and film production.”
“The Canadian film and television industry deserves to be recognized and appreciated for the excellent work delivered year after year and we are delighted to be honouring Scott Garvie as this year’s worthy recipient,” said Eleanor O’Connor, President, Lighting and Grip Division, SIM Group. “The annual Dinner on the Hill is an opportunity to acknowledge significant contributions that enhance Canada’s production community, through a voting process that allows past winners to award the subsequent winner.”
About the Award
The award was established in 2006 and was initially called the PS Industry Builder Award. Following the passing of PS Founder Douglas James Dales in 2010, the award was renamed in his honour in 2011. It is presented annually by PS in recognition of a producer’s sustained contributions and commitment to strengthening the Canadian film and television industry. Each year’s honouree is selected by a jury composed of the previous recipients including, Alex Raffé, Sandra Cunningham, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Wayne Grigsby, David MacLeod, Doug MacLeod, Ira Levy, Stephen Ellis, Phyllis Laing, Robin Cass, Paul Pope and Sari Friedland.
About SIM Group
Backed by Toronto-based investment firm Granite Partners, the SIM Group is a leading supplier of production equipment, workflow and post-production solutions. With offices spanning North America, the SIM Group provides stellar products and services for features such as Legendary’s “Warcraft,” to the hugely successful Emmy-winning “Game of Thrones,” to the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight.” From reality shows including “American Idol,” to blockbusters “Deadpool” and hit series “Mr. Robot,” SIM Group has collaborated with producers, directors, cinematographers, post-production supervisors and studios to bring their vision to life. Toronto and Vancouver provides grip and lighting from PS Production Services and can be complemented with SIM Digital cinematography and playback equipment from any of its offices in Canada, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Bling, Chainsaw, Pixel Underground, Tattersall Sound and Picture and Post Factory NY provide an array of services from dailies, to online and offline editing, to final color/DI and visual effects, to sound editorial and mixing. Bling provides a comprehensive workflow solution in the US, Canada and abroad, as well as off-site service through POD (Post on Demand). Chainsaw provides creative editorial and extensive finishing services with some of the top colorists in the industry. Pixel Underground is a Toronto-based post-production company that also provides physical and file-based media fulfillment and encoding/distribution services, while Tattersall Sound and Picture is a provider of sound editorial and mixing for motion pictures and television. Post Factory NY is considered one of the East Coast’s top independent post-production facilities. The SIM Group Hollywood recently relocated its Los Angeles operations to a 65,000+ square foot building located in the former historic Eastman Kodak building off Las Palmas. The building houses SIM Group companies Sim Digital, Bling and Chainsaw in its flagship West Coast office.