Vanessa Williams signed a “talent holding deal” with ABC, as will a winner of Make Me a Star. Creative Commons
ABC has launched the first ever digital talent outreach contest in the United States, where actors and comedians can submit a video of their acting or stand-up comedy performance for a chance to be seen by ABC Casting executives. The contest is called “ABC Make Me a Star,” and will consist of two components. One is a private competition where ABC will select the winner, and the other will be a publicly voted competition where the public votes for the winner out of ten finalists chosen by ABC.
Universal Television and TBD Productions are in pre-production on a new 1/2 hour multi-camera hybrid 1/2 hour comedy series pilot titled “Holding Patterns”. Casting directors in both Los Angeles and New York are conducting auditions for the series regulars. Possible recurring, guest starring and day player roles will be cast after the main roles are filled. The show will shoot in Los Angeles beginning in April, 2013. The extras casting director will be hiring general background performers throughout production.
The new ABC drama “Mistresses” is now in pre-production and Mary Jo Slater is casting recurring, guest starring, and day player roles. The series was created by Gossip Girl writer K.J. Steinberg, based on the hit BBC series of the same name. ABC picked up “Mistresses” as a 12 episode midseason order. In addition to acting roles, extras of all ages and types will be cast throughout the season. Shooting begins on August 7, 2012 in Los Angeles. The show follows four friends as they try to deal with complex relationships and toward a sense of order and enlightenment in their lives.