Los Angeles: Industry News 5/12/17


in the news:

Ann Thomas

Trans Actors, Writers, and Directors Chip at the Glass Ceiling – Recently, two trailblazing casting workshops took place on opposite coasts. In New York, the Casting Society of America organized a town hall conversation inviting transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming actors to dialogue with casting professionals and identify the roadblocks dividing them. In Los Angeles, CBS Entertainment Diversity ran a panel featuring trans talent and leaders in the casting field.

“This conversation [recognizes] that we have not done what we can to afford this population of actors access to opportunity.” David Caparelliotis, who serves on the CSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said at the New York event. The discussions demonstrated that casting directors are having a hard time finding gender-diverse actors. Actors are having a hard time finding auditions, agents, managers, and audiences. There is also a financial hurdle for many performers.Trans folks are likely to make less money than cisgender performers and have less disposable income for expensive acting lessons, head shot sessions, or casting website accounts. (Actors Access does offer actors a free account.)

Recently, there have been free workshops by SAG-AFTRA and a class for transgender actors taught by Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor. Caparelliotis launched the town hall conversation by stating the goal for casting directors is “to talk to the people who we hope to become better advocates for…


Pilot Season 2017 Updates:

Tina Fey

♦ NBC Narrows Down Pilot Field With Several Projects Not Going Forward – UPDATEDNBC has whittled its new series hopefuls, passing on a number of pilots before proceeding with its final round of pickups. Those that are not going forward include single-camera comedies Spaced Out, a workplace comedy from Bill Lawrence; What About Barb?, a female-led reboot of 1991 movie;  the coming-of-age untitled Kourtney Kang half-hour; as well as the network’s sole multi-camera pilot, sibling comedy Relatively Happy  from Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astrof. That leaves the Tina Fey-produced The Sackett Sisters and Mindy Kaling-Charlie Grandy’s Champions as the only remaining comedy contenders to join A.P. Bio on NBC’s schedule next season… READ MORE

Craig Robinson

♦ The Canceled And Renewed TV Shows For 2017-2018 – For TV fans, spring is a double-edged sword. As the 2016-2017 season wraps up with a slew of highly anticipated season (and series) finales before summer TV doldrums hit, the major networks are determining which shows will make the cut and which shows will go the way of “Blood & Oil.” See, you already forgot that existed. Every year around May, TV essentially turns into the “Hunger Games” with ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW debuting their fall TV slates to advertisers at the upfronts. Enter the cancellation bear quietly claiming its victims to make room for the new kids on the block… READ MORE

♦ ‘Ghosted’ & ‘LA To Vegas’ Comedy Pilots Get Fox Series Orders – “Ghosted” cast by Juel Bestrop. “LA to Vegas” cast by Blyth Nailing. Network casting for both projects by Clint Alexander. A day after picking up its high-profile drama pilot The GiftedFox has given series orders to its two hottest comedy pilots, Ghosted and LA to Vegas (fka LA -> Vegas). The big question on the comedy side at Fox is whether the network would pick up more than the two series ordered this morning. If it opts for a third, it will likely be Linda From HR or Type A, with Linda From HR reportedly having the edge… READ MORE

Jennifer Cochis

♦ LA Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineups With 42% Directed by Women – The LA Film Festival has unveiled its lineups for the competition sections with 42% of the films directed by women and 40% by people of color. The festival, now in its 23rd year, announced that the U.S. fiction, documentary, world fiction, L.A. muse, and nightfall sections contain 48 feature films from 32 countries with 37 world premieres. Produced by Film Independent, the festival will open June 14 with the previously announced “The Book of Henry,” starring Jacob Tremblay and Naomi Watts. The festival is headquartered at the Arclight Culver City… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Morgan Louviere


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