The PPS story began in 1987 when Ron Nichols, a retired City of Los Angeles Police Department Motorcycle Officer, recognized the need for an organized system of hiring law enforcement for on-location filming. Early on, Ron saw the strong potential PPS had to serve as a one-stop shop for all permitting needs. In 1994, Ron passed the family business on to his son, Eric, who worked toward a vision of providing a higher level of service and commitment to the filmmaking community, all at the same price as his competitors. That commitment involved not simply offering a better way to book law enforcement, but also a team of experts to help navigate the landmines of film permitting, assist with community relations, and provide a built-in resource for traffic control. His vision came to fruition in 2009 with the launch of PPS’ sister company, Pacific Traffic Control, Inc.
Presently, PPS is the largest and most reputable film permitting agency in Los Angeles. We pride ourselves on our ability to simplify the permitting process while saving our clients time and money. The heart of our service is consultation: our coordinators get to know the needs of your project and can advise you on budgets, timelines, and locations that fit your unique needs. Our clients include COLA and LMGA Award-winning location managers and location teams. We have worked on films, TV shows, commercials, music videos, and photo shoots that have gone on to win critic and audience awards around the globe. PPS has been a Gold Level sponsor of the COLAs since the beginning in 1995 and a Gold Level sponsor of the LMGAs since its inception in 2014. PPS also supports the Motion Picture Officers Association (MPOA). When it comes to film permits, PPS’ quality of service is unmatched.