EXCLUSIVE: The North American casting software company Talent Systems has acquired Spotlight, the UK’s leading casting platform.
Talent Systems connects talents and their representatives with casting directors in the fields of film, television, theater, print, voice-over and advertising.
The deal creates a unique and global ecosystem for casting software and offers new partnership benefits for each company’s customers as the platforms expand their resources worldwide. Casting directors can use the platform to find, audition and book top artists as clients of both companies now have better access to a global portfolio of job openings and talent profiles. Talent Systems is led by Co-CEOs Alex Amin and Rafi Gordon, Spotlight by CEO Richard Wilson.
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Spotlight’s senior leadership team will remain and continue to run the business seamlessly. Spotlight is a 94 year old company based in London’s West End.
Amin and Gordon said, “Spotlight’s iconic story and dedication to casting excellence are second to none. As we’ve seen an explosion in production and the globalization of content, this acquisition is recognition of a changing market as casting directors increasingly find talent on both sides of the pond and actors build their reputations in both markets. By joining the Talent Systems family of companies, Spotlight will have access to our casting platforms and software in the US, UK and around the world, creating greater opportunities for our customers everywhere. This deal is truly a win-win and we believe the alliance will be of great benefit to artists, agents and casting directors alike. “
Talent Systems is the parent company of Cast It Systems, Casting Networks, and Casting Frontier. These platforms, along with Spotlight, will continue to operate independently of one another, using each other’s technology.
Richard Wilson, CEO of Spotlight, said, “Spotlight was founded over 94 years ago and has a long history as a family business. It has always been at the heart of the casting industry. The past few years have been great to learn about Talent Systems and their experience in the casting industry and we are confident that we are working with a team that really understands our business and customer base. Our casting platform already extends well beyond the UK’s borders. By working with Talent Systems, Spotlight is in the best possible position to improve our market-leading service. More importantly, our customers get the global access they need. Alex and Rafi have always shown that they see the strength and value of the Spotlight team, as well as the legacy and future of the brand. This deal is a clear example of two companies growing stronger together. “
The deal was funded by Morgan Stanley Private Credit and Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC as co-lead arrangers in raising capital for Talent Systems, LLC.