Casting software company Talent Systems acquires UK platform Spotlight – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: 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 media, voice over and advertising.

The agreement creates a unique, global casting software ecosystem and offers each company’s respective clients new partnership benefits as the platforms expand their resources around the world. Casting directors can use the platform to find, audition and book top performers, as clients of both companies will now have better access to a global portfolio of job listings and talent profiles. Talent Systems is led by co-CEOs Alex Amin and Rafi Gordon, and Spotlight is led by CEO Richard Wilson.

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The Spotlight leadership team will remain in place and continue to manage the business in a transparent manner. Spotlight is a 94 year old company based in London’s West End.

Amin and Gordon said, “Spotlight’s iconic history and commitment to excellence in casting is second to none. As we have witnessed 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 the players are developing their reputation on 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 worldwide, creating greater opportunities for our clients around the world. This is a truly win-win deal and we believe the alliance will be of tremendous benefit to artists, agents and casting directors.

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 while leveraging each other’s technology.

Richard Wilson, CEO of Spotlight, said: “Founded over 94 years ago, and with a long history of being run as a family business, Spotlight has always been at the heart of the casting industry. Over the past few years it has been great to get to know Talent Systems and their experience in the casting industry, and we are confident that we are joining a team that truly understands our business and our customers. Our casting platform already extends well beyond the borders of the UK, and joining forces with Talent Systems puts Spotlight in the strongest possible position to enhance our market leading service. Most importantly, it gives our customers the global access they need. Alex and Rafi have always demonstrated that they see the strength and value of the Spotlight team as well as the legacy and future of the brand, and this agreement is a clear example of two companies that will be stronger together.

The transaction was funded by Morgan Stanley Private Credit and Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC as lead co-arrangers to provide capital to Talent Systems, LLC.

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