New Ownership and Advanced Technology Takes South Florida's Oldest Casting Facility into the Future as Casting Partners, LLC

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Casting Partners LLC purchases all outstanding assets and credits of one of South Florida's oldest casting facilities, renovating the operations to offer superior facilities, excellent customer service, and state of the art technology.

Former investment banker and hedge fund manager George Grafas purchases all outstanding assets and credits of one of South Florida's oldest casting facilities for film, television and commercials. The new company, Casting Partners LLC, has re-established itself as a major force in the South Florida production and media industry. Through major revisions to the company operations and a complete renovation of its studio and office space, the primary focus of the new Casting Partners is to offer superior audition facilities for talent and excellent customer service for production houses, producers, photographers and advertising agencies.

With a state-of-the-art talent management system and superior casting software, newly created for Casting Partners, talent and clients experience a new standard in casting--second to none in the state. "Wait is a four-letter word," says Grafas, being from New York. “Nobody wants to wait hours in line for their auditions. Clients don't want to wait for their uploads at the end of the casting. Our new technology and structure allows clients, talent and agents to have a seamless, integrated experience."

In its first year, with Mr. Grafas at the helm, Casting Partners has cast for dozens of high-profile print and commercial campaigns including Proctor and Gamble, BMW, Merck, LOreal, ESPN, Comcast, Miller Lite, ATT and many more. With dozens of commercials, print campaigns, television shows, films and music videos to its credit, Casting Partners is having a banner year.

Mr. Grafas, with a pedigree from New York's best acting schools, has his eye on the future and intends to stay and play here in South Florida. "Miami Beach has become a home for me," says Grafas. "With its ever-present energy and excitement, extraordinary talent pool, and rising number of local productions, there is simply no better place for Casting Partners to grow. I look forward to a rewarding experience here in the film and television industry."

About George Grafas:
George Grafas trained under one of the most well respected acting coaches in the country, Mervyn Nelson, as well as serving as his chief assistant for several years. George also studied theatre at NYU's famed experimental theater wing. He has worked with and been directed by Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Michael Kahn, Nikos Psaharapoulos, Andrei Serban, Judith Malina, Ann Bogart and Kevin Kuhlke, to name a few. George is a member of SAG, AFTRA and Equity. He has produced, directed and performed in well over 200 productions including major motion pictures, television series, commercials and print campaigns. His broad and extensive experience working with models, actors, dancers, producers and directors have given him a keen ability to cast for any style project or genre.

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