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Assistant Fairness Secretary Matt Hood Joins Casting Site Star – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hood, Deputy General Secretary of the UK Equity Union, joins the Talent Systems casting platform as Managing Director of Spotlight.

Hood will be responsible for managing the Spotlight business in the UK and Europe and will work with the company’s management team to help develop Talent Systems globally. He will succeed outgoing CEO Richard Wilson who was with Spotlight for seven years.

As we revealed in January, US casting software company Talent Systems acquired UK company Spotlight earlier this year.

Talent Systems’ product portfolio includes Casting Networks, Cast It Systems and Spotlight, which are used to find and manage talent in film, television, commercials, theater and digital projects. Based in Los Angeles, the company operates in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ukraine, India and Poland.

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Hood is from Equity, the UK’s Actors and Creators Union, where he spent 17 years working on member relations, member support and communications. He recently oversaw membership, operations and administration under the direction of Secretary General Paul W. Fleming.

“We are extremely pleased with the addition of Matt to our team,” said Chris Holbert, COO of Talent Systems. “We believe his long experience in the industry and demonstrated leadership in this area will strengthen the team, strengthen Spotlight’s strong market position in the UK and position us well for continued growth in the region.”

“Everyone at Equity wishes Matt the best in his new role after 17 years of service with our union,” said Fleming. “When Equity was founded in 1930, member subscriptions were paid for by Spotlight, and we’ve had a strong – but strong working relationship ever since. I have no doubt Matt will support continuing this tradition as we strive to create an entertainment industry in which his workforce can thrive. “

Hood added, “I am delighted to join Spotlight and Talent Systems. The entertainment industry is a global workplace and the global reach and impact of Talent Systems provides exciting opportunities for Spotlight and our world-class artists. I look forward to working with Talent Systems teams around the world as Spotlight strengthens and expands following the extraordinary events of the past year. “

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the addition of Matt to the helm of Spotlight,” said Rafi Gordon and Alex Amin, co-CEOs of Talent Systems. “His years of global advocacy on behalf of UK artists, his deep connection to the entertainment industry and his business instincts will be a huge asset as he will help Spotlight and Talent Systems through our next phase of growth.”

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