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4Wall Acquires Shadowstone (Law and Order SVU Fans, Take Heed)

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A little bit of industry inner workings business, 4Wall Lighting has acquired the team and gear for Shadowstone, Inc — a pretty major player in lighting production for film, TV, broadcast, lots of work for decades.  If you’ve ever been a fan of Law and Order SVU, you saw a lot of what was filmed lit by Shadowstone’s gear.

From the official press release from 4Wall:

Moonachie, NJ:  4Wall Entertainment Lighting, a national provider of stage and theatrical lighting services, has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of media, film, and entertainment lighting provider Shadowstone Inc.

4Wall CEO Kathy Torjman spoke of the acquisition.

“Adding Shadowstone’s team and equipment to our strong foundations in both the New York and Washington DC markets is a great benefit to our customers. Shadowstone has a loyal client base, as well as incredibly high standards for equipment and customer service that we share.”

Industry veteran, Frank Marsico, founded Shadowstone in 1993 and grew the company from the humblest of beginnings into a premium industry brand with the help of Vice Presidents Paul Marsico and Philip Marsico.

Shadowstone’s rental division, which has experienced rapid growth in recent years, supplied lighting and electrical equipment to major Motion Pictures and TV productions nationwide including Law & Order SVU, The Blacklist, Gotham, Boardwalk Empire, The Amazing Spider Man 2, Black Mass, and Tower Heist.

The accomplished Shadowstone systems division has designed, built, or supplied major media projects including studio installations for Fox Network, ESPN, NBC Sports, ABC/Disney, EWTN and AOL, as well as government projects such as LED broadcast lighting systems for the White House Press Briefing Room and multiple US Senate Hearing Rooms.

In addition to the substantial equipment inventory gained through this acquisition, 4Wall will also retain Shadowstone’s highly regarded and experienced team that has helped build the business into what it is today.

“We feel that the rental and systems staff we are bringing into the 4Wall fold from Shadowstone will be a great fit for our divisions, while also greatly expanding our company knowledge base in the film and television sector,” said Torjman.

Frank Marsico spoke of the acquisition and the upcoming transition, saying:

“I would like to personally thank all of Shadowstone’s clients, industry associates, friends, vendors, and especially the Shadowstone staff, for helping make the ‘Shadowstone vision’ a reality over the past 23 years. The Marsico family and our staff look forward to the new opportunities and growth that will come from joining the 4Wall organization.”

 

BARCO Acquires High End Systems

Hmm.

BARCO has acquired Austin, TX based High End Systems for about fifty five million bucks. High End Systems, for those who don’t know, is a moving light and automated technologies company that all lighting designers in the industry have or will have at some point encounter their gear. From the article at Blue Room Forums, it looks like BARCO is pretty excited to get their name on HES and release technologies together:

Stephan Paridaen, President of Barco’s Media and Entertainment division states: “We are proud and excited about joining forces with the leading player in the digital lighting market. High End’s differentiated product line-up and recent product introductions are clearly proof of their market-led vision and strong R&D focus. We look forward to introducing many new and exciting products into the converged lighting/video space together.”

“The acquisition is a great outcome for the employees of High End Systems and we are confident that the combined creativity and customer focus of Barco and High End Systems will deliver superior technology for the global entertainment markets,” said Merritt Belisle, Chairman of High End Systems, Inc.

BARCO is a global technology company that produces a lot of multimedia equipment and technologies. The acquisition of HES will be an interesting bit of change, and I for one am interested in seeing how this impacts the lighting industry, especially with regards to media servers and digital lighting.

<Update>
The link from above was actually from Ukslc.org, not Blue Room.
Oops!