ZFX appoints new General Manager


Louisville, KY, January 5, 2015:  ZFX Flying Effects (www.zfxflying.com), the most Zealous flying company in the galaxy, announced today that Jason Schumacher has returned to the company to take on the general manager position.  Jason will oversee management at ZFX in an effort to continue the company’s stated goal of worldwide domination of the performer flying industry, with galactic domination to follow.

“We’re getting the band back together!” says company founder Robert Dean.  “Bringing Schu on completes our initiative to fill our key management positions with former Flying Directors who know the flying industry like the back of their o-gauges.  Having a team at the helm with years of road experience directly benefits our clients and Flying Directors working together in the field.”

“In addition to his experience in flying effects and management, Schu brings a Zen-like demeanor that will greatly benefit our clients and employees.  We’re pretty sure we’re going to put ‘Chairman of the Horde’ on his business cards.”

Jason brings extensive experience in performer flying and the entertainment industry to ZFX.  In addition to incorporating flying into over 300 productions as a Flying Director, he has also worked as a film producer and stunt coordinator. He has brought three films to market with Warehouse District Productions, where he honed skills in managing both creative and technical processes in dynamically changing environments.

After time spent in New York City and Nashville, Jason is excited to return to Louisville and ZFX.  “This is a unique and remarkable company that strives every day to offer its clients not only safe flying effects, but a creative partner in developing the best possible performances,” says Jason.  “Returning to ZFX gives me the opportunity to help further those goals.  This company is my second favorite dysfunctional family, and it’s nice to come home.  Plus, I already own a half-a-dozen kilts that are nicely worn in.”

ZFX Flying NEWS: All the News That’s Fit to Fly


Craftsman logoLouisville, KY – ZFX, Inc, a world-renowned flying effects company, has once again renewed their pledge to outstanding quality; this time by buying handmade brooms from an American broom maker.  Henson Broom Shop has been in the broom business for four generations and is based out of Symsonia, Kentucky.

Why is this worthy of a press release?  “To deliver quality products and services we need to use quality tools.  That means all tools including the ones used to clean up,” says ZFX founder, Robert Dean.  If you say you’re committed to quality then it should mean a real commitment, no cutting corners.

As an employer of American Craftsmen, ZFX appreciates actual quality and it’s a statement of support for other craftsmen and small businesses.  But it’s not a symbolic gesture.  Quality tools last longer because they’re made with pride.  It’s also just a smart purchase.  When you compare a broom made by people who have been making them since 1930 to a crappy plastic broom sold at most stores, the choice is easy.   ZFX expects to enjoy that same longevity.  A true commitment to quality means nothing is swept under the rug.

Check out these fine, handmade brooms at hensonbrooms.com

ZFX proudly employs American Craftsmen and we thank you for your support.
If you see our seal, you know you’re getting something built with pride.

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ZFX chosen for ETCP National Ad Campaign

ZFX, Inc is thrilled that ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) selected a photo of the 2013 Prestonwood Baptist Church holiday production to feature in a national ad campaign.  The campaign details the importance of using ETCP certified riggers, the industry’s most qualified, up-to-date entertainment technicians, and features ETCP Certified ZFX riggers Stu Cox and Cody Beseda.

(Photo credit: Robert Dean)

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March 14, 2014


Louisville, KY – ZFX, Inc, will be among the exhibitors displaying products and services for the performing arts and entertainment industry at the 2014 Annual Conference and Stage Expo in Fort Worth, Texas on March 26-29. ZFX’s performer flying services cover the full spectrum from Broadway to the high school in your neighborhood, closing in on 7,000 productions to date.

ZFX will be in booth # 809 demonstrating the ease with which you can incorporate the Bert’s crowd-pleasing “proscenium walk” into your next production of Mary Poppins. Also, back by colossal demand, the fondly-referred-to “pony rides”, wherein ZFX offers random Expo attendees the chance to experience flight.

A leader in performer flying since its inception in 1994, ZFX is a Contributing member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), an organization serving professionals in design, production and technology for the performing arts.

More information about ZFX, Inc. can be found at www.zfxflying.com or by calling 502-637-2500.

About ZFX
ZFX is a flying company with world headquarters in Louisville, KY, delivering an artistic attitude with infectious enthusiasm to the ancient art of flying effects. Experts in their craft with a strong commitment to customer service, ZFX covers a wide range of every aspect of theatrical flying including equipment, flying directors, choreography, harnesses, rigging, consulting, automation and even performers. Known throughout the entertainment industry for their open-minded approach, they are no ordinary flying company. Unlike others, they don’t get up in the morning and put their pants on one leg at a time…..mainly because they wear kilts.

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Adams
Marketing Director
ZFX, Inc.
402-637-2500 X 288