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Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ Sets Creative Team

Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ Sets Creative Team
Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has filled out the creative team for his return to series television, Amazon’s “The Romanoffs.”

Produced by The Wenstein Company, “The Romanoffs” has added executive producer and writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”); co-executive producers Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”), and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”); and consulting producers and writers Andre Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”) and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”).

In addition, the series has added director of photography Chris Manley (“Mad Men”); costume designers Janie Bryant (“Mad Men”) and Wendy Chuck (“Spotlight”); production designers Henry Dunn (“Mad Men”) and Christopher Brown (“Mad Men;); Hair and make-up heads Theraesa Rivers (“Mad Men”) and Lana Horochowski (“Mad Men”); and casting directors Carrie Audino (“Mad Men”), Laura Schiff (“Mad Men”), and Kendra Clark (“Mad Men”).

“It’s an honor to be working with these exceptional storytellers and collaborators–many of whom I know from Mad Men—and
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Mad Men’s Casting Directors Select the Best Child Actor of the Year

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Mad Men’s Casting Directors Select the Best Child Actor of the Year
All this week, the Vulture TV Awards honor the best television from the past year. Mad Men casting directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino explain their choice for best child actor of the year. The nominees are: Holly Taylor, The AmericansForrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, Fresh Off the BoatEmma Kenney, ShamelessUrsula Parker, LouieKiernan Shipka, Mad Men And the winner is ...Holly Taylor, The Americans You know a child actor is good when they get to play real scenes, not just moments. These scenes are usually with their parents. You know a child actor is great when they get to play scenes with anybody else. But you know that kid is really something special when they get to play a scene by themselves, talking into a phone, and we don’t even get to see the other side of the call. That’s how season three of The Americans ends, with Paige,
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‘Mad Men’ Finale: Stars, Production Team Reflect on Favorite Scenes, Emotional Moments

‘Mad Men’ Finale: Stars, Production Team Reflect on Favorite Scenes, Emotional Moments
Nothing underscored the significance of “Mad Men” on the professional and personal lives of its key stars like a simple fact that Jon Hamm noted about Kiernan Shipka on Sunday afternoon when cast and crew members gathered for a farewell gabfest hosted by the Television Academy.

During the Q&A session moderated by Variety’s Debra Birnbaum at Hollywood’s Montalban Theater, Hamm observed that his 15-year-old co-star “has been on ‘Mad Men’ longer than she hasn’t been on ‘Mad Men’ in her life.”

The emotional process of making, and ending, the landmark period drama that airs its finale tonight on AMC was evident in the discussion that also included January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser and Jessica Pare. Following the cast members, creator Matt Weiner took the stage with nine key production staffers.

The actors couldn’t say enough about the depth of their
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How Hit Guest Stars Ended Up on TV’s Top Shows

How Hit Guest Stars Ended Up on TV’s Top Shows
Playing a guest role on a TV show can be one of the most difficult acting jobs: While series regulars have the luxury of building a role over time, a guest star has to drop in and create a fully fledged character, sometimes with only a few lines.

Dawn Steinberg, executive VP of Talent and Casting at Sony Pictures Television, which produces such shows as “The Blacklist” and “Masters of Sex,” compares it to visiting a household. “You’re walking into a family dinner, the table has already been set,” she notes. “And it’s your job to sit at the table and pass the turkey, pass the vegetables, and fit in. Whether you’re the villain, the good guy, the uncle, the aunt, the doctor, the lawyer, your job is to fit in with an already established cast, and that’s really hard.”

Even when a recognizable name is cast in a role,
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Amazon Casts Latest Pilots Out of L.A.

Amazon Studios tapped Los Angeles-based casting directors for its first ever drama pilots. “The After” was cast by Los Angeles-based Laray Mayfield, who also casts Netflix’s “House of Cards.” The Amazon drama pilot, which is set at the moment of the apocalypse, is shooting through Nov. 15. “Bosch,” about an Lapd detective, shoots Nov. 4–28. It was cast by “Mad Men” casting directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino, who are also based in Los Angeles. Amazon unveiled the pilots Oct. 31 after they were fully cast. For its earlier pilots, the company has relied on New York and West Coast casting directors.
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The Backstage Power Casting Directors Issue!

For actors, the casting director is the biggest star there is, and with the upcoming release of HBO's "Casting By," we take a look at some of the industry's biggest names and asked them how they cast some high-profile projects! ‘Casting By’ Aims to Give Casting Directors Credit Where DueThe new HBO documentary “Casting By” turns the camera on the people across the table. How Andrew Dice Clay Beat Out Louis C.K. for a Part in Woody Allen's ‘Blue Jasmine’Both actors appear in the new Woody Allen film, but casting director Juliet Taylor explains how the controversial comedian Clay was better for the part than the more likeable Louis C.K. 'Kinky Boots' Cast Features the Stars of the Audition RoomCasting directors Bernard Telsey and Justin Huff assemble a cast of hard-working musical theater actors for Tony-winning "Kinky Boots." Casting Directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino Create
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Casting Directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino Create the 'Mad Men' World

For six seasons, Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino have been filling the world of “Mad Men” with slick executives, timeless women, and memorable period characters. They’ve received Emmy nominations for casting all six seasons—winning in 2010 for Season 3—and also earned a 2009 Artios Award from the Casting Society of America. Perhaps the biggest testament to their work is that “Mad Men” is the show every actor wants to be on. “A lot of people want to do it, so it’s not hard to get high-level actors,” Schiff says. “But we don’t really put a ton of famous people on the show because we’re casting a period piece where we want to keep people involved in the story.” Audino points to Julia Ormond, who plays the mother of Don Draper’s current wife, Megan. “Julia was simply perfect for that role,” says Audino. “We would never cast
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NBC Drama Pilots Get Casting Directors

Three more drama pilots from NBC have secured the services of casting directors, Backstage has learned. “The Sixth Gun,” based on the comic created by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, will be cast by Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino. The comic book series is set on the Western frontier shortly after the end of the Civil War. When a lost mythical gun resurfaces in the possession of a young girl, dark forces will stop at nothing to obtain it. In addition to the series “Mad Men,” “Nikita,” and “Touch,” Schiff/Audino is also casting the AMC pilot “Turn.” A shoot date and location for “Sixth Gun” has not been determined. Casting team Rick Pagano and Debi Manwiller will cast pilot “The Blacklist,” about the world's most-wanted criminal, who turns himself in and offers to help the FBI track down his accomplices — on the condition that he be allowed to work
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3 Cable Drama Pilots Hire CDs

Three new cable drama pilots now have casting directors attached, Backstage has learned."Tyrant," from Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, the producers of Showtime's acclaimed series “Homeland,” will be cast by Junie Lowry-Johnson and Libby Goldstein. The shoot date and location are still being determined for the Middle East-set FX drama, which revolves around an American family that gets drawn into the political web of a volatile nation in the oil-rich region. A&E's period drama “Turn” will be cast by Laura Schiff (pictured) and Carrie Audino of Schiff/Audino Casting (“Mad Men”). Based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies,” “Turn” is about a group of childhood friends who form the famed Culper Ring to spy on the British during the Revolutionary War. The pilot is set to start shooting in April in Virginia.And the Bravo drama “Rita,” one of the first scripted pilots in the cable net's history,
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CDs Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino Help Create the ‘Mad Men’ World

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For five seasons, casting directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino have been finding actors to populate the boardrooms and bedrooms of the 1960s advertising executives on AMC’s “Mad Men.” They have been nominated for Emmy Awards for every season, winning in 2010, and the duo also won an Artios Award in 2009.They recently spoke to Back Stage about working with the show’s creator Matt Weiner, avoiding celebrity stunt casting, and finding the perfect actor to play Don Draper’s new wife. You’ve been casting the show since its first season. Did you know right away it was something special?Laura Schiff: Oh yeah. I remember we were sent the pilot and I watched it first and said, “I’m dropping this off to you. You have to watch it. I don’t know if anyone will ever watch it, but we have to do this job.”Carrie Audino
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5 NBC Pilots Sign Casting Directors

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Five more NBC pilots have picked up casting directors, Back Stage has confirmed.Lynn Kressel and Kevin Kuffa will cast "Chicago Fire," a drama project from Universal Television and Wolf Films. Plot specifics are scarce, but the show will focus on a group of Chicago firefighters, and not the 1871 disaster (or the professional soccer team). The New York–based Kressel, who has cast all three "Law & Order" series, is temporarily relocating to Los Angeles to cast the pilot, which will then shoot in Chicago this spring.Another drama, "County," also from Universal Television, will be cast by Carrie Audino and Laura Schiff. The pilot, about a group of doctors and administrators who struggle to provide quality care at a drastically underfunded L.A. hospital, will shoot in mid March. Schiff/Audino also casts "AMC's "Mad Men" and the CW's "Nikita."The following three comedy pilots have also picked up casting directors: "Go On" and.
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Interview: Team Bondi's Brendan McNamara on "L.A. Noire," Part 3

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Interview: Team Bondi's Brendan McNamara on
[Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.]

Back to making the game, you guys were in development starting in 2004. Console transition happened from PS2 and Xbox 1 to Ps3 and Xbox 360 around 2006. At what point did you have the whole hardware epiphany, in terms of what the upcoming systems could do? Or is that something that didn't even come into play with the way your process worked?

When we first started out, we were with Sony, and we had a lot of access to what the early PS3 hardware was. To a certain extent, the early hardware was touted to be a lot more powerful than what it ended up being. Having said that, it's still a powerful console and there's plenty of processing room in it, too. So to a certain extent, we went for a lot more than we should have. I think that's kind of a good thing in a way. Because, now, the game
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Kushner, Carsey to Be Honored at Artios Awards

Playwright Tony Kushner, producer Marcy Carsey, and casting director Ellen Chenoweth will be honored by the Casting Society of America at this year's Artios Awards. The nominees for this year's awards—to be presented Nov. 1 in dual ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the American Airlines Theatre in New York—were announced today. Kushner, Carsey, and Chenoweth will be presented with special awards. The complete list of nominees follows.Big budget feature, drama"Avatar," Margery Simkin and Mali Finn (initial casting)"Inglourious Basterds," Johanna Ray and Jenny Jue"Nine," Francine Maisler"Sherlock Holmes," Reg Poerscout-Edgerton"Shutter Island," Ellen Lewis and Carolyn Pickman (location casting)Big budget feature, comedy"Couples Retreat," Sarah Halley Finn and Randi Hiller"Date Night," Donna Isaacson"Julie and Julia," Francine Maisler"The Proposal," Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, and Angela Peri (location casting)"Valentine's Day," Deborah Aquila and Tricia WoodFeature,
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Casting Directors Feted at Artios Awards

Casting directors came out from behind the curtain to be honored by their peers last night at the 25th Annual Artios Awards. The bi-coastal awards, which were held simultaneously at the new Times Center in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, are presented yearly for outstanding achievement in casting in theater, film, and television categories on the criteria of originality, creativity, and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project.Celebrity awards presenters in New York were Patrick Wilson ("Little Children," "Angels in America"), Carrie Preston ("True Blood"), Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road"), Jennifer Morrison ("House"), Bill Pullman ("Oleanna"), Christine Ebersole ("Grey Gardens"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), and Elizabeth Reaser ("Twilight"). Stanley Tucci and producer Daryl Roth presented the New York Big Apple Award to Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, whose "Love, Loss and What I Wore" recently opened Off-Broadway to rave reviews.
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Casting group honors 'Star Trek,' 'Milk'

"Star Trek," "Tropic Thunder," "Milk" and "Up" were among the films honored Monday night as the Casting Society of America held its 25th Artios Awards.

At simultaneous ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City and the New York Times Building in New York, "Mad Men" and "Flight of the Conchords" were singled out in the TV series categories.

The awards, which recognize originality, creativity and quality in casting, were hosted by actor John Michael Higgins.

A career achievement award was presented to producer Laura Ziskin. Nora and Delia Ephron received the New York Apple Award, and John Frank Levey was the recipient of the Hoyt Bowers Award.

On the film side, the winners were April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg for "Star Trek" in the category of studio feature, drama; Francine Maisler for "Tropic Thunder" (studio feature, comedy); Maisler and Nina Henninger (location casting) for "Milk" (indie
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Artios nominees unveiled

Artios nominees unveiled
Producer Laura Ziskin, writer-director Nora Ephron, writer Delia Ephron and casting director John Frank Levey will be honored at the Casting Society of America's 24th annual Artios Awards.

Simultaneous awards ceremonies will be held in at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the New York Times Building in New York on Nov. 2.

Ziskin is set to receive the group's Career Achievement Award. The New York Apple Award will be presented to Nora and Delia Ephron. Levy is this year's recipient of the Hoyt Bowers Award.

Representing 425 members in the United States, Canada, England and Australia, Cas also announced its nominees in film TV and theater on Thursday.

In the category of big budget feature drama, Ellen Chenoweth scored two noms for "Changeling" and "Duplicity." The category nominees are John Papsidera for "The Dark Knight"; April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg for "Star Trek" and Avy Kaufman for "State of Play.
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Emmy Nominations Reveal Few Surprises

It's a good day for funny people, especially if your name is Tina Fey or Seth MacFarlane.

Fey's series, 30 Rock, was handed 22 Emmy nominations this morning, which stands as a record for a comedy series. She and Alec Baldwin were also nominated for acting awards. Plus, for the first time some of the other actors on NBC's laffer were recognized. Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan all picked up supporting nominations.

MacFarlane's Family Guy was also nominated for best comedy series, the first time an animated show has cracked that category since The Flintstones in 1961. Two years ago MacFarlane decided to pull his show from contention in the animated series category to have it considered for best comedy.

Mad Men, the drama about the advertising world in the sixties, picked up 16 nominations in the drama categories, including a best actor nod for Jon Hamm. Hamm is also nominated as
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The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this morning. NBC comedy series 30 Rock lead the way with 22 nominations with the HBO telefilm Grey Gardens with 17 nominations and last year's winner for Best Drama, Mad Men, with 16 nominations. Take a look at the complete list of the nominees below.

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

American Masters - Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About - PBS - Thirteen/Wnet American Masters - Ron Rifkin, Narrator

Family Guy - I Dream of Jesus - Fox - Fox Television Animation - Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin

Robot Chicken - Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II - Cartoon Network - ShadowMachine - Seth Green as Robot Chicken Nerd, Bob Goldstein, Ponda Baba, Anakin Skywalker, Imperial Officer

The Simpsons - Eeny Teeny Maya Moe - Fox - Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television
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