MGM Television Worldwide Casting Director Coming to Toronto - Paul Weber and TVI Actors Studio Prepares Canadian Actors for Hollywood & New York City

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Paul Weber, Head of Casting, MGM Television Worldwide, (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) will teach a TV/Film Auditioning Technique Weekend Intensive Class with TVI Actors Studio, AmericaÂ?s largest acting school and resource enter for actors, on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. Weber and Peter Kaiser, TVI Actors Studio New York Associate Director and Former LA and NY Talent Agent, will also conduct a multi-media presentation, Â?The Business of Acting: Working in LA & NYÂ? on Friday, August 19.

Is Hollywood coming to Canada? Should Canadian actors move to Los Angeles or New York? Paul Weber, Head of Casting for MGM Television Worldwide, answers these questions and more, when TVI Actors Studio, America’s largest acting school and resource center for actors, conducts TV/Film Intensive Weekend classes Friday, August 19, through Sunday, August 21. Weber will teach a TV/Film Audition Technique Intensive on August 20 and 21 and also present a multi-media presentation “The Business of Acting in LA & NY” with Peter Kaiser, TVI Actors Studio Associate Director and former Los Angeles and New York Talent Agent, on Friday, August 19.

“Awareness of the talent pool in Canada is invaluable to me as many of the shows I work on shoot in Canada,” says Weber, who currently casts “Dead Like Me,” “Stargate Atlantis,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Jeremiah,” “PSI Factor,” “FX: The Series,” “Poltergeist,” and “Outer limits in Canada. “I look forward to meeting more Canadian actors. From my experience, the quality of actors has been on a par with their American counterparts.”

“While there are many shows and films shot in Canada, many Canadian actors consider moving to Los Angeles or New York to increase their opportunities,” states Kaiser. “During the Friday night class, Paul and I will teach actors how to take control of their careers. Whether an actor decides to make the move to Hollywood or Broadway or to stay in Canada, the same business managerial and self-marketing skills will apply.”

Paul Weber, Head of Casting, MGM Television Worldwide, oversees all casting for Stargate-SG1, Twice in a Lifetime, Total Recall and Amazon. Other credits include: Dead Like Me, Stargate Atlantis, The Outer Limits, FX: the Series, Jeremiah, PSI Factor, Poltergeist and Tales from the Crypt. In addition, Weber has cast more than 15 feature films, working with Gary Oldman, Angelina Jolie, Rob Lowe, Dean Stockwell, Melanie Griffith, Linda Hunt and Rosanna Arquette.

Peter Kaiser, Associate Director, TVI Actors Studio in New York City, worked for 16 years as a Bi-Coastal Talent Agent with The Gage Group, one of New York and Los Angeles’ prominent boutique agencies. He has aided in the careers of Gage’s esteemed client list, which headlined theatre: Tony winners and nominees Sutton Foster, Deborah Monk, Tovah Felsuh, Gary Beach, Harriet Harris and Walter Bobbie; Film: Academy Award nominee Shirley Knight and Jack Black and Television: Robert Pastorelli, Michael Learned and Ben McKenzie.

About TVI: TVI Actors Studio, http://www.tvistudios.com, founded by Chief Executive Officer and former Talent Agent, Alan S. Nusbaum, is an educational partner of the American Theatre College Festival and the Kennedy Center in New York. Famous alumni include Eva Longoria, Mena Suvari, Rachel Dratsch and more. For additional information visit Nusbaum’s weblog, http://www.actor-preneur.com.

Class Schedule:

The Business of Acting Class

Friday, August 19 6:30 pm-Registration     7:00 pm-Class

TV/Film Audition Technique Workshop

Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21

Two sessions: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm or 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6L3

For more information or to register for classes please visit http://www.tvistudios.com/canada.

Interviews and photos available upon request.

Contact:

Susan Sleeper

TVI Actors Studio

212-302-1900

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