William F. White International Inc., a Sunbelt Rentals company and leading provider of film production equipment, has acquired Studio City Toronto, one of Toronto’s busiest studio complexes for film and television production, as well as Studio City Rentals, a leading provider of rigging and scaffold to the film and television industry.
Studio City Rentals, with locations in Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles, was founded by Chris Nethercoat and Mike Kirilenko in 1999.
Studio City Toronto, also owned by Nethercoat and Kirilenko, is situated in the east end of the city’s downtown core and features 148,000 square feet of purpose-built studio facilities through its six sound stages and work areas. It includes the renowned jumbo stage - a 36,000 square-foot stage with 55 feet of ceiling clearance at its peak with no columns. Studio City Toronto is also home to WFW’s LED volume for virtual production. The deal, closed December 2, brings the total studio production space owned and managed by WFW to 1.55 million square feet.
“We are excited to welcome Studio City Toronto as well as Studio City Rentals to the WFW and Sunbelt Rentals family,” said Garin Josey, executive vice president/chief operating officer, WFW. “For our clients, these acquisitions are the perfect complement to our business as we continue to deliver world-class studio space and production equipment to the local and international film and television industry.”
“This is the opportunity we have been waiting for - Studio City Toronto and Studio City Rentals are perfectly positioned for rapid growth and with the support of WFW and Sunbelt Rentals we can continue to bring innovative solutions to a market that will continue to demand only the best,” said Kirilenko.
Chris Van Mook, senior vice president, Sunbelt Rentals of Canada added, “I am excited about the addition of Studio City Toronto and Studio City Rentals professionals in Canada and the United States to the Sunbelt Rentals team. These acquisitions are about meeting the demands of the North American industry head on, whether it’s studios, rigging or production equipment, all coupled with the high-level of service our customers have come to expect from WFW and Sunbelt Rentals. We look forward to making it happen for our clients.”