Casting Society of America Opens Membership to Commercial Casting Directors — Film News in Brief

Jazz Tangcay
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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13

Casting Society of America Opens Membership to Commercial Casting Directors

The Casting Society of America announced today that it is now accepting commercial casting directors as part of its organization, and celebrating casting in all forms, including film, television, theatre, short form and now commercials.

“Commercial casting directors apply their craft to an impactful form of storytelling, and we know that their insight and experience will add additional depth to Casting Society of America’s membership,” said Zora DeHorter and Caitlin Jones, Vice Presidents of Communications, CSA and Co-Chairs, Commercial Committee. “The artistic merit of our commercial colleagues helps further CSA’s mission to advocate and promote the profession of casting in all of its forms.”

The newly formed Commercial Committee includes: Alex Amsellem, Terry Berland, Danielle Demchick, Rikki Gimelstob, Katie Griffin, Sherrie Henderson, Caitlin Jones, Patti Kalles. Rebecca LaGore, Liz Lewis, Angela Mickey, Erica Palgon, Nina Pratt, Rachel Reiss, Michael Sanford and Alison Twardziak.

The commercial committee has compiled a database of established commercial casting directors across the country and started a targeted outreach to them to invite them to join CSA. Part of their outreach includes guiding prospective applicants through the application process. The committee will also plan commercial specific initiatives in 2021.

Prerequisites for commercial casting professionals to join are the same as theatrical members; 75 weeks worked within two years for an associate and 100 weeks worked over five years for a director. Commercial work is eligible to count toward these weeks, allowing these commercial casting directors to apply for CSA membership if they only do commercials, or an applicant can use commercial weeks along with other mediums (film, television, reality, and theatre) to qualify.

TUESDAY, Jan. 12

Bella Thorne Forms Content X, a Social Media and Content Management Company

Actress Bella Thorne and longtime manager Thor Bradwell have teamed up to form Content X a social media and content management company. Thorne will act as the Creative Director in charge of all content.

Also on board, talent manager Tamara Thorne and Michael Cohen will act as Co-Heads of Development.

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Content X will manage social media influencers and their social media accounts to help build profitable profiles and provide expertise in navigating the ever-changing social media universe.

Thorne said, “I’m excited to create Content X for this generation’s young creative forces and their social media platforms. Content X will also specialize in identifying young writers, directors, etc. on social media to give them a platform to develop their skills, Etc.”

Aside from launching Content X, Thorne has been busy. She is currently starring in the independent feature “Girl” opposite Mickey Rourke. Her movie, “Infamous” was one of the first movies during quarantine to be released in drive-in theaters as well as VOD.

Up next, Thorne will star opposite Oscar winner Melissa Leo in the thriller, “Measure of Revenge” (TBD 2021).

MONDAY, Jan. 11

Andy Samberg, “Palm Springs” Screenwriter Andy Siara and Ben Stiller Team for Untitled Apple Project

Andy Samberg and “Palm Springs” screenwriter Andy Siara are teaming up again for a new comedy sci-fi film. This time around Ben Stiller, Noah Hawley, and Raphael Bob-Waksberg are also involved.

Details for the project are unknown, but Raphael Bob-Waksberg, “BoJack Horseman” creator is behind the original idea.

Apple secured the deal in what was said to be a competitive situation over the weekend. The deal came hot on the heels of Samberg’s and Siara’s latest project, “Palm Springs,” which is picking up awards steam.

‘Promising Young Woman’ Take Best Picture from San Diego Film Critics

The San Diego Film Critics Society have announced their winners, and scooping top prize for Best Picture is Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman.” The film’s star, Carey Mulligan was also awarded Best Actress.

Critics and festival darling Chloe Zhao took home Best Director for her film “Nomadland.” Elsewhere, cinematographer Joshua James Richards who has shot Zhao’s previous movies, won for Best Cinematography.

Other winners included “Sound of Metal’s” Paul Raci in the Supporting Actor category.

Documentary “Time,” streaming on Amazon Prime, took home the award in that category, and the all-star ensemble of Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” took home the Best Ensemble award.

The full list of winners can be found on the San Diego Film Critics Society page.

Keep up with the ongoing tally of who’s won what so far with Variety’s Awards Circuit winners chart, here.

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