Derek Black Launches New AV Rep Firm, Black Star Media Group

Canadian AV industry veteran Derek Black has announced the launch of a new AV representation firm based in Southwestern Ontario called Black Star. The company will provide territory management, professional sales services, pricing and project quotation, product demonstrations, and support/design assistance for AV integrators, end users, and AV/IT consultants.

In addition to this news, Black Star Media Group will be forming a strategic partnership with BG Media Solutions Inc. as Sales Director – Southwestern Ontario and expanding the coverage and promotion of its entire technology portfolio.

“I am very pleased that Derek has chosen to become a part of our BG Media family. Derek and I have a tremendous history, as we spent many years working together during the Tannoy North America and TC Group eras. Having the opportunity to combine our collective strengths once again will be a great pleasure. Derek’s relationships, experience, and technical ability will be a huge asset to our collective future business objectives,” says Bryan Guidolin, principal of BG Media Solutions.

Black has also spent time as Canadian sales manager for QSC and broadcast and systems sales manager for HHB Canada.

“It's almost like we're getting the band back together again,” adds Derek Black. “I'm really looking forward to bringing our unique go-to-market partnership to our customers and manufacturers. The standard rep or large distribution model really hasn't changed much in 45 years, and we collectively feel that our level of service, brand choices, and technology options for the integrator is the best in the industry.”

Derek Black can be reached at or For more information, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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