Film, television and photographic lighting rental specialist, PKE Lighting (PKE), is pleased to announce its acquisition by Sunbelt Rentals.
The acquisition of PKE strengthens Sunbelt Rentals’ proposition in the British film and television industry after their recent acquisition of Movietech. Operating on a national level, PKE provides services to many of the UK’s leading television shows and is well positioned for growth within the UK Film market. PKE and Movietech will work closely with William F. White International (WFW), a leading film and television production rental specialist business, a Sunbelt Rentals company.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to be under the same umbrella as Movietech and WFW, which will allow us to continue to be successful well into the future,” stated PKE owner/director, Mike Pollard. “With Sunbelt’s support we will be able to invest in additional inventory and rental solutions that will expand our equipment offering and service for our clients.”
Commenting on the acquisition Andy Wright, Sunbelt Rentals UK CEO explains: “These are exciting times for all of us as we expand our footprint in the UK TV and Film market. The combined knowledge and expertise of PKE, Movietech and William F. White International will be a true differentiator for us and our film and television clients. The existing, dedicated and experienced team of Mike Pollard, Matt Evans and Chris Hughes will remain in the business and work alongside Sunbelt and WFW and will assist with executing the exciting UK expansion plan.”
Garin Josey, executive vice president/chief operating officer, WFW commented on the partnership, he said: “We are excited to welcome PKE to the WFW and Sunbelt Rentals family. PKE has an incredible reputation in the UK market and shares our ambitions for growth and continued service to the film and television industry.”
Established in 1991 and based in Irlam, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (UK), PKE provides the film and television industry with an enviable inventory of lighting equipment, transport options and power generators in multiple locations throughout the UK. The strategic acquisition of PKE further solidifies the expansion strategy of Sunbelt Rentals in the UK and international film and television industry.
Pictured from L-R: Garin Josey, executive vice president/chief operating officer, William F. White International; Chris Hughes, operations director, PKE Lighting; Mike Pollard, owner/director, PKE Lighting; Matt Evans, sales director, PKE Lighting; Phil Parker, chief financial officer, Sunbelt Rentals Ltd