NEP Looks North to Canada With Help of Boriss, Mobilimage
NEP is continuing to expand its presence outside of the U.S., with the latest efforts taking the company north of the border to Canada via partnerships with French-Canadian production company Mobilimage (based in Montreal) and Ivar Boriss, who was director of remote operations sales/technical producer for Dome Productions for 17 years. Dale Johannesen, formerly of Mira Mobile, the Oregon-based production company acquired by NEP last August, will oversee Canadian efforts from Vancouver.
“We feel good about the foothold we have in Vancouver with Dale, and he and Ivar will fit right in with helping us grow Canadian business,” says NEP Co-president Mike Werteen. “One thing we like about Mobilimage is the resolve they have for quality productions.”
In recent years, NEP has grown through acquisition, but this move is a partnership: Mobilimage will provide engineering and field-shop support and also broaden facility options with its 33- and 37-ft.-long HD production units.
“Their smaller HD trucks are primarily focused on entertainment,” Werteen says, “while our larger HD trucks are focused on sports and, with Denali, high-end entertainment, so the partnership is a good fit.”
NEP Canada will be supported by the company’s extensive resources in North America, which include 59 production trucks, studio facilities, and more.
Werteen says that NEP will evaluate new opportunities and additional partnerships as they become available but the company feels good about having enough 53-ft. trucks scattered across the U.S.
“There are entry points across the entire border,” he adds, “and it’s as easy to make your way north as it to make your way south.”
According to NEP CEO Kevin Rabbitt, the move will also help foster long-standing relationships with Canadian clients and partners: “Both Ivar and Mobilimage have exceptional reputations, and we are excited to work with them to form lasting relationships with new clients across Canada.”
Says Werteen, “One of the things we’re working on right now is the true globalization of our company, and we have components of each division working together on certain initiatives. Quality jobs are being done in each of those regions, but we pride ourselves on being more global and having more global coordination.”