Actors From Rejected NBC TV Pilot Start YouTube Show ‘Bitter, Party Of 5′ (Video)

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 6:57pm PDT

During the last pilot development season, 5 actors bonded while shooting Downwardly Mobile for NBC, a sitcom starring Roseanne Barr. Now Jason Antoon, Mary Birdsong, Greg Cromer, Tricia O’Kelley, and Romy Rosemont come together on YouTube for Bitter, Party Of 5. Here’s Episode 1 where they start out calling NBC … Read More »

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Teamsters Urge Casting Directors To Take Pilot Jobs, Assistant Issue Shelved

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like the standoff between casting directors and TV studios over salaries for casting assistants may be over but not in the way casting directors had hoped. I hear today’s meeting between representatives for AMPTP, the casting directors and their union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, … Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Jack Burditt’s Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

ABC is really manning up this pilot season. After greenlighting Chris Moynihan’s comedy pilot Man Up earlier this month, the network has just  picked up another project by that name, this one from writer-producer Jack Burditt (30 Rock), which … Read More »

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Is Standoff Between Casting Directors & Studios On Pilots Headed For A Resolution?

Nellie Andreeva

There is a sense of cautious optimism in the TV casting circles this evening that the stalemate over hiring outside casting directors for pilots might come to an end tomorrow. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the TV studios, has called a meeting with representatives of the casting directors for midday tomorrow. At the heart of the problem is casting directors’ request to get “adequate staffing” or that studios pay for an assistant in addition to the casting director and casting associate on every pilot, something that studios have been balking at. Since this is not an union issue and it is not covered by the casting directors’ basic agreement with the studios, there is nothing to negotiate at the meeting tomorrow, a casting director source stressed. “We are going to listen to what they have to say and are hoping to come to some type of understanding of each other’s needs,” the source said. Casting directors have said that hiring an assistant has now become necessary on every pilot, not just in some cases as the studios have contended.

There has been little movement on both sides since my last story on the issue on Saturday. Michael Patrick King’s NBC/WBTV drama pilot closed a deal with a casting director that includes an assistant, while ABC Studios released the first pilot breakdown that identified it as being cast internally, Shonda Rhimes’ untitled fixer drama. (ABC Studios was the first TV studio to opt to start casting pilots internally in light of the ongoing standoff with casting directors.) The news in my Saturday story that La Padura & Hart Casting has become the first casting agency to sign for a pilot without an extra assistant provision created quiet a stir in the comments’ section, including some pointed remarks toward the agency. In response to that, one of La Padura/Hart principals, Jason La Padura, explained the duo’s position in a comment. Here is what he wrote: Read More »

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UPDATE: Casting Directors vs Studios: Studios Digging In, CDs ‘Holding Strong’

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Standoff Between Casting Directors And TV Studios Threatens Primetime Pilot Season

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The broadcast networks are starting to pick up drama and comedy pilots for next fall. But who will cast them? I hear no deal with casting directors for the pilots ordered since the beginning of the year have closed … Read More »

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