Talent Systems, a software provider that helps casting directors locate and hire actors, has acquired the eTribez Casting Platform, a specialist in casting for reality TV. It also acquired Staff Me Up, which helps reality shows recruit production crews. Sale prices were not disclosed.

With these additions, Talent Systems can provide unscripted shows with all of the tools they need to fully cast and crew their productions, the acquisition announcement stated.

The eTribez Casting Platform, previously led by eTribez CEO Eli Abayan, has been used to cast blockbuster reality shows such as “Survivor,” “Big Brother,” “Idol,” “Love Island,” and “MasterChef,” according to the announcement. Staff Me Up, led by CEO Jared Tobman, calls itself “the top professional network for hiring qualified crew members and creatives.” It developed Coded for Inclusion, which works with diversity advocacy organizations and studios such as A+E Networks, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Amazon Studios to increase hiring of members of historically underrepresented groups.

More than 8 million people have registered with the ETribez Casting Platform, the announcement states. The platform helps its customers manage the tens of thousands of applications one reality show may receive. 

Staff Me Up connects 350,000 crew freelancers to production jobs at more than 3,000 networks, studios and production companies. Its staff of nine will join the Talent Systems team. 

Later this year, eTribez Casting Platform will be rebranded under the Talent Systems portfolio while eTribez will continue to independently operate its remaining asset, a production management platform. 

In the coming months, Staff Me Up will roll out its service to crew and creatives in scripted TV and film production.

See the full announcement here.

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