Vitec Group, the company behind Manfrotto, Lowepro, Joby, Lastolite, Gitzo, Vinten, Syrp and many other big names in the photo and video industry has today announced that they’ve acquired LED lighting manufacturer, Quasar Science. They say the business will become part of Vitec’s “Production Solutions Division” alongside Litepanels.
Quasar Science products have typically been used in large scale film and TV productions, although the last few years they’ve started creeping into lower end productions, regularly popping up in the background of YouTube videos as part of the set illumination.
This acquisition is in line with Vitec’s strategy to drive growth by increasing our addressable markets and expanding our higher technology capabilities. Having the well-respected Quasar team within our portfolio, with their flair for new product development, on-set experience, and industry networks, will enhance our position as a leading player in the growing LED lighting for broadcast and cine market.
– Stephen Bird, Vitec CEO
Vitec says that Quasar Science products complement those produced by Litepanels with growth opportunities to expand each product into the other’s market sector. The four co-founders of Los Angeles-based Quasar Science, Steven Strong, Evans Brown, Jay Yowler and Ray Gonzales will remain with the company leading the rest of the team as they always have.
As working professionals in cinematography, our intimate knowledge of filmmaking and content creation has enabled us to build Quasar Science into one of the industry’s most innovative brands. We’ve developed a unique range of versatile lighting solutions that are not only popular with lighting professionals, but with artists of all kinds. Joining the Vitec Group, with its renowned expertise in products for imaging and global markets, will elevate Quasar Science to a higher level of performance and introduce our technology to a wider audience.
– Steve Strong, Quasar Science CEO
It will be interesting to see how Quasar and Litepanels products develop from here. Will we start to see tighter integration between the two systems? Or perhaps tech and designs from one will be used by the other on occasion. We’ve seen similar mergings of tech and style between Joby & Manfrotto, as well as Lowepro & Manfrotto since Vitec acquired them both in 2017.