or


[10/28/13 - 12:34 PM]
Disney/ABC Television Group's Casting Department Hosts Its 32nd Talent Showcase on Providing a Platform to Present Diverse Actors to the Industry
20 actors were selected from among more than 7000 candidates who submitted their resumes and the 670 who auditioned for ABC casting executives in Los Angeles.

[via press release from ABC]

DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION GROUP'S CASTING DEPARTMENT HOSTS ITS 32nd TALENT SHOWCASE ON PROVIDING A PLATFORM TO PRESENT DIVERSE ACTORS TO THE INDUSTRY

20 Actors to Perform in Los Angeles for a Select Group of Network and Industry Executives

Actors Will Receive A Casting Executive Mentor for One Year In Addition to the Continuing Opportunity to Audition for ABC Entertainment Group's Current Series and Pilots

Disney/ABC Television Group's Casting Project will host its 32nd showcase as part of its ongoing effort to discover and nurture culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities. The presentations will take place at the El Portal Theatre Center for Performing Arts in North Hollywood, on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29.

20 actors were selected from among more than 7000 candidates who submitted their resumes and the 670 who auditioned for ABC casting executives in Los Angeles. The actors will showcase their skills in one-act vignettes directed by Sue Hamilton, Jaffar Mahmood and Ellen D. Williams to an audience of industry executives and decision makers. In addition to published materials, this years' showcase will include original scenes submitted through the WGA.

Many of the actors selected were submitted through showcase partners SAG-AFTRA, CAPE, East West Players, Media Access, Nostros, and The Robey Theatre, as well as many other theatre companies and organizations in the Los Angeles area. Following the showcase, all twelve actors will be assigned a network executive from the casting department who will act as their mentor and help nurture their skills and provide guidance throughout the year. The actors will also audition for ABC Entertainment Group's current series and pilots.

The talented actors to be featured at the Los Angeles showcase, which is not open to the public, are Wade Allain-Marcus (Los Angeles, CA), Tiffany Solano DeSena (Los Angeles, CA), Nathan J. Owens (San Francisco, CA), Marcus Choi, (Fullerton, CA), Allison Nichols Toich (Knoxville, TN), Vanessa Jean Simmons (New York, NY), Henri Esteve ( New York, NY), Bechir Sylvain (Miami, FL), Swati Kapila (Jupiter, FL), Elle Young (Chicago, IL), Santana Dempsey (Hannibal, MO), Ren´┐Ż Rosado (Meriden, CT), Catherine Heana Kim (Cresskill, NJ), Jinhee Joung (Houston, TX), Zack Weinstein (Needham, MA), Paul Elia (Detroit, MI), Chum Ehelepola ( Perth, Australia), Sid Mallya (London, England), Tanner Novlan (Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan) and Perveen Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

"We have selected 20 talented and diverse actors for the ABC Casting Department's Talent Showcase and Mentorship Program in LA. I'm excited about the opportunities that await them," said Keli Lee - Executive Vice President, Casting, ABC Entertainment Group.

The talent showcase is spearheaded by Keli Lee, Executive Vice President, Casting; Ayo Davis, Vice President, Casting, Claudia Lyon, Vice President, Casting, Marcello Bellisario, Executive Director, Casting, Patricia Yuen, Coordinator, Casting, Lynn Esparo, Showcase Coordinator, and the Los Angeles casting office.

ABC's Los Angeles and New York Talent Showcases have been the launching pad for discovering new talent, including Jesse Williams, who currently stars on "Grey's Anatomy" as Dr. Jackson Avery, and "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

The Disney/ABC Television Group's commitment to discovering and nurturing diverse talent is exemplified through many different programs, including the Casting Project, the Disney/ABC Writing Program, the Disney/ABC/DGA Directing Program, The Production Associates Program, and The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Writing Workshop.





  [october 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[04/26/18 - 02:01 PM]
CBS Announces the First Season of "Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition," Premiering Friday, May 11
Gabby Douglas, Idina Menzel, Bethany Mota and Deion Sanders are among those featured.

[04/26/18 - 01:45 PM]
Oxygen Media Presents Three-Night Special Event "The Case of: Caylee Anthony" Beginning Saturday, May 19 at 8PM ET/PT
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Tom Forman, the three-part limited series delves into the tragic disappearance and death of toddler Caylee Anthony.

[04/26/18 - 10:03 AM]
Showtime(R) Orders Fourth Season of "Billions"
The show's current third season will move to 9:00/8:00c starting next Sunday, May 6 to anchor the night.

[04/26/18 - 10:02 AM]
"Succession" Debuts June 3 on HBO
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman and Rob Yang star.

[04/26/18 - 10:01 AM]
Thrusters on Full - "Star Trek: Discovery" Begins Production on Season 2
Production officially began last week on the second season with Alex Kurtzman directing the premiere episode.

[04/26/18 - 09:33 AM]
"Saturday Night Live's" Colin Jost and Michael Che to Host 70th Primetime Emmy(R) Awards
The telecast will be executive produced by "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels.

[04/26/18 - 09:07 AM]
Video: Paramount Network's "Yellowstone" Official Trailer - Premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 9:00pm ET/PT
Kevin Costner as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders - land developers, an Indian reservation, and America's first National Park.

[04/26/18 - 09:02 AM]
Ocean Explorers Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau Plunge Into a New Season of "Caribbean Pirate Treasure"
Dive into exhilarating deep-sea adventures with underwater explorers Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, and his journalist wife, Ashlan, as they investigate incredible stories of pirates' plunder and lost loot.

[04/26/18 - 09:01 AM]
A&E Network to Premiere Biography Special "Mary Kay Letourneau: Autobiography" on Tuesday, May 29
The raw two-hour documentary follows former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau as she recounts her tumultuous past in her most in-depth confessional to date.

[04/26/18 - 08:25 AM]
Comedy Central Launches The Creators Program and Taps Five Emerging Creators/Writers/Performers to Develop Daily Topical Digital Content
The inaugural creators are Ryan Beck, Chris Cotton, Hanna Dickinson, Jordan Mendoza and Natasha Vaynblat.

[04/26/18 - 08:15 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Dramas Hold Onto Demo Crown
"Empire," "Star" help lead the night among adults 18-49.

[04/26/18 - 08:08 AM]
"Star Wars Resistance," A High-Flying Anime-Inspired Series That Explores an Uncharted Timeframe Prior to the Events of "The Force Awakens," Ordered by Disney Channels
"Star Wars Resistance" will feature the beloved droid BB-8 alongside ace pilots, colorful new characters and appearances by fan favorites, including Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.

[04/26/18 - 08:03 AM]
CNBC's "Warren Buffett: Investor. Teacher. Icon." to Premiere Friday, May 4 at 10PM ET/PT
The program premieres the night before the Annual Shareholders Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, the company that Buffett has led for more than 50 years and turned into a behemoth now worth almost half a trillion dollars.

[04/26/18 - 08:02 AM]
Netflix Orders Three New Projects from Comedy Powerhouse Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias
In the multi-cam comedy series, "Mr. Iglesias," Iglesias plays a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater.

[04/26/18 - 07:47 AM]
The Return of Cooking Channel's "Beach Bites with Katie Lee" Makes Waves with New Destinations
Each of the six half-hour long episodes are full of sun, sand and surf, as Katie beach hops in search of the finest fare served up on shores near and far.