Los Angeles, September 16, 2015 —VER, a leading, global provider of production equipment and engineering support, announced today that it completed its acquisition of Aurora Lighting Hire Ltd (“Aurora”), the UK’s foremost lighting rental specialists for the television, broadcast and entertainment media production industries. The acquisition represents the latest step in VER’s strategic plan to expand its industry-leading lighting capabilities and equipment inventory throughout the UK and Europe.
Steve Hankin, chief executive officer of VER said, “We are very excited to team with Aurora, an industry leading lighting rental house that offers the UK a boutique, premier service. Over the next year, we will invest significantly to expand the equipment offering and other resources to support the tremendous demand for their service. The combination of Aurora’s knowledge and quality service with VER’s broader product line will offer Aurora’s clients a truly one-of-a-kind resource. ”
Nick Edwards, managing director of Aurora said, “VER is a global leader in the provision of quality entertainment and broadcast media solutions and as such, is perfectly positioned to provide the investment and support that will help grow Aurora and ensure our clients have access to all they need to be successful.”
“I am delighted that Aurora is joining forces with VER. Combining the resources and strengths of our companies has created an unbeatable team with a shared passion for service and an incredible range of production solutions. I know this will be a huge asset to myself and other freelance lighting designers, both now and for the future,” remarked Chris Rigby, founding director of Aurora.
Aurora will retain its name, staff and services with plans to move into a new, state-of-the-art facility alongside VER. Aurora’s clients will immediately benefit from the expanded capabilities offered by VER and a much more extensive inventory of equipment.
VER is a leading, global provider of production equipment and engineering solutions. With the world’s largest inventory of rental equipment, VER supplies the most advanced technology to a broad array of clients in the corporate, TV, cinema, live events and broadcast markets. Clients rely on VER’s depth of experience in Audio, Video, Lighting, LED, Cameras, Rigging, Media Servers, Fiber and more. With 32 offices across North America and Europe, 24/7 support, and unparalleled expertise, the skilled team at VER can support any live or taped production anywhere in the world.
Aurora are the UK’s lighting rental specialists for the television, broadcast and entertainment media production industries created by the coming together of some of the UK's leading TV lighting professionals. From simple dry hire to full studio installations and project management, the firm’s extensive range of modern lighting, investment in technology and proud association with some of the finest crew available means clients are covered throughout every step of the production cycle.