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North American leader in production equipment, workflow/dailies and post-production solutions adds nearly 400,000 square feet of studio space to its vertically integrated services

September 5, 2017 (TORONTO): The SIM Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Vancouver’s fastest growing full-service studio and production facilities provider, The Crossing Studios. To better serve its clients,SIM Group, a family of companies who delivers expert services across television, feature film and commercial production and post-production industries, will now also offer approximately 400,000 square feet of first-class studio and production facilities.

The Crossing Studios has quickly become a preferred and desirable destination for Canadian and international productions. With proximity to downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport and all local suppliers, The Crossing Studios has been home to some of North America’s top rated television series, specials and feature films.

In addition to providing full service studio rentals, mill/paint/lockup space and production office space, The Crossing Studios also offer post production services including Avid suite rentals, dailies, color correction and high speed connectivity. Now that The Crossing has become part of the SIM Group, the services available under one roof have expanded exponentially to make cameras, lighting and grip, as well as award-winning post production talent and facilities available to their extensive client roster.

The Crossing Studios was founded by Dian Cross-Massey in 2015 and is the second-largest studio facility in the lower mainland, comprised of nine buildings in Vancouver, all are located just 30-minutes from downtown. Cross-Massey has over 25 years of experience within the entertainment industry, having worked as a writer, executive producer, visual effects supervisor, director, producer and a production manager, winning numerous awards including a Clio award and gold medal at the New York Festival for Film and Television. Cross-Massey’s production experience differentiates her from other studio operators because she knows first-hand how to anticipate client needs and contributes to the success of her clients’ projects.

“What attracted us to SIM was our joint commitment and dedication to superior customer service through building and maintaining long-term relationships,” says Dian Cross-Massey, Founder, The Crossing Studios. “When I was a producer, I worked with Sim regularly and always felt they had the same approach to fair, honest work as I did, so when the opportunity presented itself to combine resources and support our shared clients with more offerings, the decision to join together felt right.”

The Crossing Studios team works with clients including Viacom, Fox, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, and ABC, to name a few. Cross-Massey’s experienced team has a finger on the pulse of the greater Vancouver area and ensures they locate the perfect space to meet each production’s unique requirements, be it short-term or long-term.

“The decision to add The Crossing Studios to the SIM family was a natural one,” said James Haggarty, CEO, SIM Group. “Through our end-to-end services, we pride ourselves on delivering streamlined solutions that simplify the customer experience. Dian and her team are extremely well-respected within the entertainment industry, and together, we’ll not only be able to support the incredible growth in the Vancouver market, but clients will have the option to package everything they need from pre-production through post for better service and efficiencies.”

The combination of The Crossing Studios and the SIM Group is seen as a positive for the creative community in British Columbia. “Dian and her team at The Crossing Studios have contributed immensely to the vibrancy of Burnaby’s economy and to Metro Vancouver’s production capacity,” said Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC. “I am excited that SIM Group has invested in Dian’s entrepreneurial accomplishments as this will continue to catalyze growth and new opportunities for British Columbians working in our province’s motion picture industry.”

SIM represents a family of services that creators and storytellers in television, feature film and commercials rely on to deliver end-to-end solutions and best-in-class service that exceeds client expectations. SIM operates facilities in every major entertainment hub in North America, acting as trusted partners for content creators in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta and New York.


About The SIM Group:

The Sim Group is a leading supplier of production equipment, workflow/dailies and post-production solutions. With offices spanning North America, Sim’s team and services supported features such as Deadpool and Oscar-winning documentary, “OJ: Made in America,” and hit series Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things and Handmaid’s Tale. PS Production Services provides lighting and grip from hubs in Vancouver and Toronto; SIM Digital provides boundary-less camera rental house equipment and support from hubs in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Northern Ontario and Atlanta. Bling, Chainsaw, Pixel Underground, Tattersall Sound and Picture, and, Post Factory NY provide an array of services from workflow/dailies, to online and offline editing, to final color/DI and visual effects, to sound editorial and mixing. Sim Hollywood is located in the former historic Eastman Kodak building, and provides the only camera-through-post services venue. For more information, visit

About The Crossing Studios:

Led by Dian Cross-Massey, The Crossing Studios is a stage and production services company integral to the ongoing growth of Vancouver’s thriving film and television industry. The Crossing Studios offers studios, mill space, lockup and office facilities, as well as a full range of production services. Operating the second largest studio facility in the lower mainland of Vancouver, comprised of 9 buildings and close to 400,000 sq. ft. The Crossing Studios works with prominent international clients including Viacom, Fox, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, and ABC. For more information, visit


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- Scott Garvie of Shaftesbury Receives 2017 Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award at PS Production Services’ Annual Dinner on the Hill

Dinner on the Hill - 2017

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.