JLL has significantly invested in its owned assets
UK - Full-service technical production partner, JLL, has acquired Scruffy Bear Pictures, an independent film company. The acquisition comes hot off the heels of the business’ recent merger announcement.
As members of EVCOM, ICE-HUB, Essa, Isla and Albert, the acquisition will enable JLL to further underline commitments to deliver sustainable and by 2030, net zero carbon technical production services to all sectors of the television and events industries. By bringing the Scruffy Bear Pictures team into the JLL fold, their combined skills will ensure the full team can continue to support agencies, studios, and creative teams, as well as innovate and lead the way as the world of corporate events continues to evolve.
Phil McMichael, group commercial director at JLL, comments: “The first three months of 2023 have been game-changing for the team here at JLL. The coming together of JLLighting and JLLive, followed by the acquisition of Scruffy Bear Pictures, shows our commitment to our evolved ‘one team’ approach.
“We pride ourselves in being a forward thinking and dynamic business which continues to invest, develop, and evolve with the industries we work so closely with. Whether a client wishes to use our corporate film offering to deliver attention-grabbing content for conferences, or whether we can use our bolstered skillset to further support a production partner in the world of TV drama, we are looking forward to seeing where the rest of 2023 takes us.”
Darren Cook, founder of Scruffy Bear, notes: “This is an extremely exciting time for Scruffy Bear Pictures to be joining JLL. With the incredible business growth JLL are witnessing, we are thrilled to be joining Jack, Phil, Dan and the team to combine our years of experience and amplify our sustainable production offering.”
The acquisition comes at a time when JLL has witnessed ‘exceptional business growth’, including working with more than 50 new clients and a 150% increase in revenue. Additionally, the team numbers tripled in growth between 2020 and 2023. JLL has also significantly invested in its owned assets, including investment of over £1.5m in new products across all sectors of lighting, video, sound, power, set, staging, and rigging.

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