Productions Plus Purchases the Talent Shop

Strategic Acquisition Strengthens National Presence

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich., Nov. 10, 2009 –– Productions Plus Talent Management Agency, an international company with offices in Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles, has acquired Bingham Farms, Michigan-based The Talent Shop. The company will now operate as Productions Plus – The Talent Shop. Margery Krevsky, owner and CEO of Productions Plus, made the announcement today.  Krevsky will continue in her management role as full owner of the combined company.

With this acquisition, Production Plus – with current revenues of $25 million – will become the largest, premier full-service talent management agency in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation. The expanded entity projects a 30 percent growth with the addition of The Talent Shop’s holdings and seasoned performers.

“Positioning Productions Plus for future growth and maximizing our national potential is what this acquisition is all about,” explained Krevsky, who co-founded Productions Plus in 1981. “Having the strength of three regional offices means our talent now has an agency with a broader scope of contacts and wider professional opportunities.”

Productions Plus is SAG (Screen Actors Guild) certified and is the largest SAG-franchised talent agency in Michigan. The company now will have more than 10,000 individuals in its nationwide and Canadian talent database, with plans to aggressively market its exclusive talent on the East and West coasts.

“Combining the two companies we now have more than 55 years of experience,” noted Kresvky. “Our talent experts know the business, have industry credibility, and are regarded by our clients.”

Said Jacqueline Kagan, founder of The Talent Shop, “Productions Plus is the only agency I would consider selling my company to.  I have long respected its reputation and professionalism.”

Productions Plus provides talent for auto shows, trade shows, conventions, automotive marketing, ride and drives, dealer meetings, promotions and product demonstrations. The company specializes in finding individuals for voice-overs, runway, print, film, television and commercial projects. Its database identifies highly trained actors, product specialists, narrators, models, costume characters, hostesses, crowd gatherers, greeters, celebrity impersonators for auditions, casting calls and assignments.

Krevsky added, “For more than twenty-eight years Productions Plus focused on doing business on a national and international level, and The Talent Shop focused on Detroit and Michigan. Now, as Productions Plus – The Talent Shop, we are one of the strongest contenders in the Midwest for film, print, TV, commercials, voice-over, auto shows, events, staffing and fashion. We wanted to do more to help Detroit talent, and this is the result.  Our base of professionals here rivals Hollywood, and we plan to showcase them.”

Prior to the acquisition, Productions Plus was already a major source of talent to the burgeoning film industry in Michigan.  Productions Plus has secured roles for its exclusive, SAG-member talent in the following major studio films shot in Michigan: Alleged, America, Betty Anne Waters, Flipped, Gifted Hands, Intent, The Irishman, Stone, Up in the Air, Crave, Game of Death, Highland Park, Vanishing on 7th St, Oogieloves, Mooz-lum, Domino Effect, Trust, Little Murders, What If and several episodes of The Wannabees.

Productions Plus – The Talent Shop plans to expand its film division, and is positioned to be the leading source for high caliber talent, including leading actors, for Hollywood producers and casting directors. The expanded company will continue to be based in Bingham Farms, Michigan.