Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Castings, Auditions for Union & Non Union

  1.   Bret Stern Productions is casting a high-energy, Errol Morris-style corporate documentary video.

    Men: 40-60, to play professor types and knowledgeable professionals, authority figures.

    Email resumes, headshots, websites ASAP to

    Professionally Paid

    Shoot: April 6-9 in NYC or CT. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ShowBiz Expo New York Coverage - Sunday March 28th, 2010 at NYC Hilton Hotel

The Electronic Call Sheet Producers can plan and manage their own creative workforce through the creation and instant distribution of their interactive "call sheets," which include all the necessary information for the cast and crew, including shoot locations, applicable weather/lighting conditions, contact information for set personnel, local resources, hospitals, and any other vital information. Unlike static call sheets, Doddle's "interactive call sheets" link and map to key addresses, locations, and everybody touching the set. ShowBiz Expo New York - is the largest networking event for the entertainment industry.
I attended the EXPO for the first time this year in order to check out what kind of new innovative ideas did entertainment professionals came up with this year. There were people everywhere and the music was playing loudly where you could not hear the vendors giving you their information. It was a sea of exchanging business cards and signing up for newsletters or promotional prices for workshops or other events.
Some booths were definitely more prominent than others, having to take up the space of two. The colors were bright and people were trying to snatch each new person who even looked like they would listen to their spiel. I browsed slowly through each booth to see who had what to offer and who should be featured here due to whatever reason i found fascinating.

One of the first people who really stood out from the crowd was an average sized at least in height woman wearing a strapless bridal gown, which was plastered all over with blown up signs of various tittles that she carries and movies and things that she has done to appear on the cover of newspapers like NY Post and everything Giants. 
Even if you try you can't miss her, whether its her bubbly and verbal but likable persona that screams point the camera at me or her infamous Double D physique, either way you stop and look and document. She was happy to talk to me for a minute and list all the tittles that she has under her belt at the moment and how to find her. Her fashion sense might not be up to date but she goes full throttle toward the goal she sees in sight. On an occasion she hits some unexpected bumps like during a New York Giants game at Medowlands she was escorted out by the arena security for dressing inappropriately in public. Although she really brings the spirits up during the game her garment choice was a no go that time. She wore a Santa outfit which is always a poor choice unless its Christmas or Halloween, with fishnet stockings, a bathing suit bottom and of course high heeled-boots, and who can ever forget her ginormous sparkling tiara (headgear) that she rocks on her blond head of hair. Even though nothing was falling out of her dress, it was ruled to be too provocative for the likes of fans who attended the game and especially their children. No parent wanted to expose their child to this site.

She is Sondra Fortunato; Miss Liberty USA, miss Football, Former Miss Superbowl, Miss Bronx Bomber and many more. She is a walking and talking sports memorabilia mascot- beauty- pageant- queen. Currently she is proudly shopping for a reality TV show to be made starting her, about her  and her many endeavors. To see everything Sondra go to

Later on i was fortunate to get a quick interview with Paul Molloy who is the Political/Public Relations Director of American Federation of Musicians of NYC. He shared with me what their Local 802AFM union is trying to accomplish today. The message was loud and clear as a large banner hung behind Mr. Molloy which read: "KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE". Associated Musicians of Greater New York represent over 8500 musicians and artists in Greater Tri State area and they want to make sure that musicians keep on playing live and continue having their talent showcased in schools and on Broadway, Orchestras in Lincoln Center, Various Jazz Clubs, even David Letterman's Band and Saturday Night Live, the list keeps on going and going....these guys are everywhere. The goal is to keep musicians who play live music where they belong, in front of the people and not to replace them with pre-recorded material and to make sure they are treated financially fair by negotiating their contracts that they deserve. As a person who appreciates and loved music and being a live musician myself or at least having the training and the credentials, it is understandable and admirable the cause they are fighting and what it means to all the musicians and artists whom they are helping.
No one wants to be replaced, we are in recession already and live music from talented individuals only brings smiles to our faces and hearts as we are submerged into the classical, jazz, blues, rock, soul, country and every kind of beautiful sound there is to experience peace and serenity just for one moment. Please yourself with the sound of a live guitar and treat your ear to a piano concerto and so become one with the music. Keep on going to concerts and jazz clubs and Lincoln Center to support those talented musicians who bring their best and especially their passion to the stage to wow the audience.

Other Vendors at the ShowBiz EXPO were Schools for Acting like Stella Adler Studio of Acting NYC which is located at 31W. 27th. Street, 3rd Fl. NY. NY 10001
  • Here are some other vendors whose booths i stopped by also like Arias Dance NYC - Studios & Theatre Space for rent
  • HB Studio in New York - here is their booth.
  • If you need help any kind of design you can turn to someone like John Agnesini who was also there offering his services as a Graphic Designer whose work and more info you can check out at; This is him
  • More Vendors included Guys from Reels4Artists; if you are an actor/performer, they will put together to your liking your acting, singing, performing reel together for possibly reasonable amount that a poor starving actors have to spend in order to sell themselves the best.
Another Vendor had a very interesting booth and people were stopping to find out more about it. It is something innovative and apparently for your mobile/smart-phone devices - take your work on the go.
They are htttp:// with their bright orange logo with a letter D in the center so you'd never forget. Their Application states that it is "The Easy Guide to Production".
  • MediaMix -
  • TDF -Theatre Development Fund - - According to their website they are; "TDF’s twofold mission is to identify and provide support, including financial assistance, to theatrical works of artistic merit, and to encourage and enable diverse audiences to attend live theatre and dance in all their venues."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

IBS New York-March 7-9,2010 ( International Beauty Show)

I attended the show on the last day and got the best of everything. All the artists were eager to have their pictures taken as they were hard at work performing magic on the stage. The materpieces they have created were jawdropping and too much for words to describe but pictures to stay mesmorized. Enjoy the full array of various corners of each group at work and with videos later.
The list of the exhibitors is huge so i will list them alongside pictures and videos once everything is ready.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

USA Network's Character Approved Awards reception at The IAC building on February 25, 2010 in New York City

The Fly (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Star of the USA show Burn Notice - Jeffrey Donovan.
He is the spy who got Burned and now he is fighting to reinstate his status. 

He is the doctor who made one mistake that cost him a whole lot. However he had made a full recovery by now tending his private services to the wealthy crowds, keeping their secrets safe - meet the Star of USA show Royal Pains - Mark Feuerstein.

Saffron Burrows - Can be seen on the USA show Law and Order: Criminal Intent with her Co-star Jeff Goldblum.
She is not just another pretty face but a great achiever and an accomplished actress who has been in films like Troy alongside with Brad Pitt, Frida is another great film, Deep Blue Sea, Circle of Friends and many more projects in Television and Film. Not to mention she is also was a SAG nominee, two thumbs up to that!!

Jeff Goldblum - Is now a new  Detective Zach Nichols and also Saffron's Co-star on the USA show Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
He is a very well know and loved actor by many and now he returns to New York for the time being to join the cast and the family of the USA Network.
In 1986 his name was known worldwide after the release of the movie -The Fly. Ever since that he has been making movies and leaving his mark everywhere, solidifying his name and his work into history.
Matt Bomer - The Star of a new hit USA TV Series -The White Collar - plays a character by the bame of Neal Caffrey; a white collar criminal who is too good at what he does.
Matt has confessed that one of his favorite designers whom he is wearing tonight is Calvin Kline (all over). He might not have as many credits as some other actors but he is not new to the business plus he is a great actor and a great person, which is a great combination. He is sharply dressed and is enjoying his life being in a very successful show which is now starting to film its second season. Soon he will become another household name. He is a celebrity who looks good and his acting chops and character charm has wowed audience all over.

Tim Dekay - Is Peter Burke on USA Series White Collar. He is the only agent to catch Neal Caffrey twice and then make him part of the force (one of the good guys). This actor has been in the industry for over 15 years and now the time has come for him to not just shine but become and be the one whom he always wanted to be. His TV personality sparks the set and makes it come together. Neal and Peter's relationship is the one that makes the show a hit. Can't wait to see what the second season will bring. So far we know that "Peter is the only one who can change Neal's mind", and it is a good thing that he did - otherwise who knows if there would be a second season.

Tiffani Thiessen - Plays Peter Burke's wife Elizabeth on White Collar. The loving and always supporting rock to the agent that knows all the answers and when he does not he turns to her. You might also recognize or remember her from shows that were running for years on Television like Beverly Hills 90210 (original) where she played a conniving vixen Valerie Malone, and of course who can ever forget Saved By The Bell and her role as Kelly - the most prettiest cheerleader in school. Now she is happily married and is expecting her first child in May 2010 and she looks as radiant as always.
Willie Garson - Plays Mozzie on White Collar. He is another very familliar face that has graced the screen of this show. He is Neal Caffrey's friend/sidekick and he played one also in another popular show and both films which you might know Sex and the City as Carrie's friend Stanford Blatch. He is just great at portraying characters of different arrays while maintaining his charming personality and warm demeanor. Talented and humble, he continues to allure the audience onto the small and big screen to see him in action.

Dule Hill who Plays Burton 'Gus' Guster on the USA Show Psych.

Corbin Bernsen... Henry Spencer 

Bruce Campbell... Sam Axe

Gabrielle Anwar... Fiona Glenanne


Maggie Gyllenhaal - Oscar Nominee


NBC Universal Cable Entertainment President Bonnie Hammer at The IAC Building on February 25, 2010 in New York City.

 Big Show and Kelly Kelly of Wrestling

Character Approved 2010 design honoree Yves Behar

Model Tiiu Kuik

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