Bill Marinella Casting‘s Georgia office is seeking talented child background actors/dancers and their mothers for the Lifetime Series Drop Dead Diva. This comedy series stars Jackson Hurst and Kate Levering and will be shooting May through June in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Hollywood Mom Blog scoops that this casting is for the highly-anticipated show within a show focusing on Dance Mom Abby Lee Miller. Read more here!
Diva’s Executive Producer Josh Berman says, “The writers on ‘Diva’ wanted to write an episode that explores the relationship between moms and daughters. And right now, ‘Dance Moms’ has a unique point of view and people seem to either love or hate the show. But regardless, people are watching. And we thought how interesting it would be to shine a spotlight on Dance Mom behavior through the lense of ‘Drop Dead Diva.'”
Who’s needed for this episode: Highly-skilled Child Dancers: females, 8-12, all ethnicities, must currently be enrolled in dance classes are asked to apply; including name, age, contact info, details of dance training, what type of dance wardrobe you own, and three recent photos to email@example.com. Casting notes: “Include a picture and stats of the moms as we will need moms in the show also.” Put “Dance” in about line of your email.
Age Range: ages 6-12 years old
Ethnicity: Caucasian/White, African-American/Black, Latin/Hispanic/South American, Asian, Native American, European, Middle Eastern, Indian/South Asian,and more!
About Drop Dead Diva:
Lifetime’s critically acclaimed hit series, “Drop Dead Diva,” returns for a fourth season with 13 new episodes premiering Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 9/8c. Joining the series’ roster of top name guest stars is Kim Kardashian (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”), who makes her multiple episode debut in the season opener. The one-hour, comedic drama tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “Drop Dead Diva” features breakout star Brooke Elliott (“Wicked,” “Taboo”), Margaret Cho (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Notorious C.H.O.”), Jackson Hurst (“Living Proof”), Kate Levering (“Cashmere Mafia”), April Bowlby (“Two and a Half Men”) and Josh Stamberg (“Lie to Me”). Carter MacIntyre (“Undercovers”) and Lex Medlin (“Southland”) join the ensemble cast as series regulars.
Currently in production in Atlanta, “Drop Dead Diva’s” season four begins with Jane (Elliott) and Owen (Medlin) enjoying a Roman Holiday in Italy while back at home the firm is on shaky ground under Kim’s (Levering) leadership. Teri (Cho) is dispatched to bring Jane home to take on a lucrative murder case while Grayson (Hurst) comes to terms with his new feelings for Jane. Meanwhile, following the devastating news of Grayson and Stacy (Bowlby) kissing in last season’s finale, Fred (Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”) moves on with a new girlfriend, leading Stacy to turn to famed relationship guru, Nikki LePree (Kardashian), for love advice.
Some of the other notable guest stars this season include Serena Williams, John Ratzenberger, Patty Duke, Megyn Price, Emily Rutherford and Jake T. Austin, among many others. Brandy Norwood and Valerie Harper return to reprise their roles from season three.
Josh Berman (“Bones,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) is creator and executive producer. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Academy Award-winning “Chicago,” “Hairspray,” Lifetime’s “Living Proof”) of Storyline Entertainment are executive producers. Alex Taub (“Eli Stone”) also returns as executive producer. Josh Berman began his writing career on the first season of the hit CBS drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He remained with the series for six seasons, and exited as an executive producer. While working on “CSI,” Berman earned two Emmy nominations. Berman also spent four seasons as a writer and consulting producer on the Fox series “Bones,” and created, executive produced and wrote for the Fox drama series “Vanished” and “Killer Instinct.” Berman was formerly a creative executive at NBC Studios. He has graduate degrees in law and business from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to Australia, where he earned a master’s in history at the University of Sydney. In 2005, Television Week named Berman as one of the top 10 people under 35 to watch in the industry, for their annual “Hot List.”
About Bill Marinella Casting
Bill Marinella Casting is comprised of a team of casting experts, headed by Mr. Bill Marinella who began his film career as an actor, performing at the Cleveland school of the arts. It was there he was cast in the film Teachers, a three-week acting job at the age of 16 years old, as Paller, the nemesis to Crispin Glovers character. The film starred Nick Nolte, and soon after he was cast in Paul Schraders’ Light of Day with Michael J Fox, and continued to work on features and commercials all over Ohio. Many years and many jobs later, he moved to Hollywood and became a casting director,casting background first then progressed into principal casting and producing, where he continues to learn and work his craft on low budget features and high end short films. He had two films two years in a row appear in Cannes and win sequentially the Remi Platinum Award at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, first in 2006 and then in 2007, both of which he associate produced and cast, both of which have won a lot of recognition among their peers. In 2009, Bill leaped to Iowa to cast several full length features in 2009 for After Dark Films, and while there picked up 3 other films. Now (2010) currently in Atlanta Georgia, Marinella opened a new casting office and has several employees helping build a new foundation in the Southeast. Links: IMDB