Acclaimed Casting Directors with StarCast Auditions Select Promising New Group of Undiscovered Acting Talent

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StarCast is a web-based service for the most talented actors to gain attention from and exposure to key industry contacts.

“With StarCast, you don't have to weed through unsolicited head shots and reels. The best are just given to you," says Mark Burg, producer of Two and a Half Men.

StarCast Auditions, a new online service that evaluates actors and sources undiscovered talent for the Hollywood community, today announced new promising actors vetted by casting directors in the latest round of auditions submitted to StarCast.

A team of acclaimed casting directors including Gretchen Rennell Court (Runaway Bride), Amy Taksen Somers (The Mummy) and casting associate Yesi Ramirez (21 Jump Street (2012), has selected 20 performers meriting professional consideration for casting or representation, some of whom have already received interest from industry executives.

These promising individuals include Kathleen Howes, Philip Maxwell, Madeline Setzer, Angela Stern, Louis Allen, Katy Pollock, Maya Tremblay, Janelle Mousseau, Sarah Beth Goer, Shea Potter, Reece Frith, Kelly Lynn Gitter, Rachel Maxwell, Emily Rabon Hall, Lora Bofill, Francesca D’Annunzio, Clayton Farris, Hunter Sims-Douglas, Troy Iwata and Gwynne Arrington. Watch their performances, sorted by key demographics, on StarCast’s ever-growing community of artists.

"As a producer and manager, I'm always looking for new actors with real talent, but it's not an easy process,” said Mark Burg, producer of Two and a Half Men and the Saw franchise. “With StarCast, you don't have to weed through unsolicited head shots and reels. The best are just given to you."

StarCast selects new actors to present to industry professionals every two weeks, thus providing a continuous source of undiscovered talent. Casting directors compare actors in the same demographics performing the same scenes, and select up to four best performances from each of the 24 demographic categories.

“For agents and managers, we’ve simplified the process of finding new talent,” said Gary Beer, founding CEO of Sundance and StarCast CEO. “On the casting side, we are a resource for studio projects in search of fresh faces to indie projects that don’t want to compromise quality on budget constraints. Our service is any filmmaker’s dream.”

Beer is joined by co-founders, StarCast Chairman Jules Haimovitz, former president of Viacom Networks and Co-CEO David Hope, former COO of PolyGram Television. In an industry riddled with acting representation scams, the founders built a trusted source where legitimate Hollywood professionals could assess promising actors.

These best performers are posted to the StarCast site and shared with a wide network of casting directors, agents, managers, producers and other industry professionals. Actors who fall short of professional standards are not posted on the site, but given written feedback from casting directors so they may improve.

This selection of talented best performers hails from impressive backgrounds, with training at the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, Ruskin Theatre Group, Boston Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan Drama program, University of Texas at Dallas drama program, UC Santa Barbara’s drama program, the Utah High School Valley of the Arts and more.

About StarCast:

StarCast is a professional online service that advances actors based solely on the merit of superior talent. StarCast employs top casting directors to evaluate aspiring and up-and-coming actors and posts the very best performances as a resource for industry professionals. For actors, StarCast offers an affordable way to have their talent evaluated by some of the top-casting professionals in film and television. For actors chosen as Best Performances, StarCast additionally offers validation and exposure to a wider range of casting directors, talent agents and managers, producers, directors and other key industry contacts. For industry professionals, StarCast simplifies the process of connecting with new actors, and offers a continuously refreshed source of the most promising new talent. For more information, visit http://www.starcastauditions.com.

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