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Joel Begleitter

Joel Begleiter has been at UTA — as an agent in the TV Lit Department — since 2003, and represents writers on THE SIMPSONS, THE OFFICE, THE DAILY SHOW, GREY'S ANATOMY, and many more. Agents

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Terry Berland

Terry Berland is an award-winning casting director for on-camera television, voice-over, radio commercials, animation and hosting. She heads her Los Angeles casting company, Berland Casting. Agents

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Paulo Andrés

Paulo Andrés has been a talent manager since early 2002 handling actors across the board from developmental clients to series regulars. Agents

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Billy Damota

Billy Damota is a member of the Casting Society of America and a twice-nominee for Best Casting for an Independent Film. Agents

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Scott David

Scott David, as of the fall of 2011, is casting Criminal Minds (which is in its 7th season) and several indie films. Agents

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Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan is a 5-time recipient of the Casting Society of America's Artios Award, given for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. Michael casts for film, television, commercials and theatre. Agents

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Danielle Eskinazi

Since 2000 Danielle's focus has been commercial casting being well known for finding edgy, interesting and talented actors to suit her directors' and clients' needs. Agents

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Gwen Hillier

Gwen Hillier has been associated with ABC's award winning "General Hospital" for the past 22 years and was Associate Casting Director for "General Hospital/Night Shift", (2007 and 2008) the first original series for the SoapNet channel. Agents

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Renita

Renita is an undisputed "Who's Who" in the world of Casting. With a seemingly psychic eye for spotting Superstar Talent and matching them with projects, Renita has been WOW-ing her clients since 1999. Casting

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Jami Rudofsky

Jami Rudofsky has been casting in Los Angeles since 1995. Most notably, Jami cast the hit show "Gilmore Girls" for 7 years. Is addition to that great show, Jami worked on Emmy award winning "The Practice" as well as "Felicity" and "Boston Public". Casting

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Michael Sanford

Michael Sanford has been a part of the professional Hollywood community since the 80's. As a former actor himself, he has gained the reputation of truly being "an actor's casting director" within the acting and agent community. in the Spring of 2000 Michael opened his own company, Sanford Casting. Casting

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Francene Selkirk

Francene Selkirk (CCDA) has been a Casting Director in Television and Commercials, an actress, and a Commercial Producer. Casting

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Paul Weber

Paul Weber, C.S.A. is presently the in-house casting director for MGM worldwide television and the MGM feature casting consultant, as well as an independent casting director and producer. Casting

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Abby Girvin

Abby Girvin is the partner / LA Agency director of the DDO Artists agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Nashville/Atlanta. DDO is known for being one of the top commercial agencies in Los Angeles... Agents

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Brandy Gold

Brandy Gold is a top theatrical agent at TalentWorks, which was started in 1982 by her father Harry Gold. Agents

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Karl Hofheinz

KARL HOFHEINZ opened Synergy Talent in 2006 after presuming to have learned a few things about the business in 3-1/2 years at the Gage Group. Synergy represents approximately 150 actors in the theatrical department and another 200 for commercials and voice-over. Agents

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Tim Kessler

Tim Kessler serves as the VP of Content Development and Hosting at Vox, Inc. Agents

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Hugh Leon

Hugh Leon heads the adult commercial and celebrity personality departments at Coast to Coast Talent Group in Hollywood. Agents

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Chaim Magnum

Chaim Magnum, one of the founders of Dragon Talent, is now owner of LemonLime Agency — Talent with a Twist. Agents

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Tony Martinez

Tony Martinez is currently the senior agent at GVA talent agency. Tony is also the author of "An Agent Tells All", a well reviewed and top selling book about the business of acting. He feels the key to a successful career as an actor is simple: "Work hard on your craft, empower yourself with knowledge, and don't get in your own way." Agents

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Brian McCabe

Brian McCabe joined IAB as the head of its Theatrical Department after running his own agency for many years. Agents

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Wes Stevens

Wes Stevens has advocated for talent for 17 years. In 2002, he acquired Talent Group Inc.'s voice-over department and launched VOX, Inc. Agents

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Angela Strange

Angela Strange is the Vice President of Operations and the Head of Adult Commercials & Print for Osbrink. Agents

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Mitchell K. Stubbs

Mitchell K Stubbs began his career with Susan Smith & Associates over twenty years ago. In 1999 Mitchell opened Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, now with theatrical and commercial divisions. Agents

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Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor joined DDO Artists Agency in 2007 and has been working as one of the department heads in the Adult Commercials Department. Agents

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Arthur Toretzky

Arthur Toretzky has been in the business for almost 40 years, and in 2008 became a partner at Gage Group Talent Agency. Agents

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Craig Wyckoff

Craig Wyckoff has headed his own agency for more than 30 years, with the most recent incarnation being Craig Wyckoff & Assoc., a highly respected Theatrical (Film/TV) and Theatre agency. Agents

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David Ziff

David Ziff is the Vice-President for on camera commercials at Cunningham, Escott, Slevin & Doherty (C.E.S.D.) Agents

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Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong has been a talent manager since 1995, representing such actors as James Gandolfini, Chris Noth, John Ortiz and Michael Raymond-James. He has been a partner at Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management for almost 15 years. Managers

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Phil Brock

Phil Brock opened his own talent management firm, the Studio Talent Group on February 1, 1995. Managers

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Bill Kravitz

Bill Kravitz is a manager with Rough Diamond Management and Productions and also a successful producer and casting director. Managers

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Kurt Patino

Kurt Patino has been managing the careers of actors since 1998. Rothman/Patino/Andrés Entertainment launched on May 1, 2008. Before RPA, Kurt had co-created LINK TALENT GROUP (LTG), a full service Talent Management Company, on June 1, 2004. Kurt has 13 years of experience in the Talent Representation business. Managers

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Steve Rodriguez

Steve Rodriguez became a professional manager in 1995 and is currently a partner with McGowan Management. Over the years Steve has represented more than 10 Series Regulars on such shows as Dexter, Law & Order, Law & Order: LA and many more. Managers

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Larry Taube

Larry Taube is a partner at Principal Entertainment, a management/production company, which he joined in 2006 after 10 years as a theatrical agent and VP of Talent at The Gersh Agency. Managers

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Guy Norman Bee

Guy Norman Bee has become one of the most sought out one-hour drama directors in Hollywood since 1999. His television directing credits have included: ER, Third Watch, Las Vegas, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, Jericho, Criminal Minds, Kyle XY, Knight Rider, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and many more. Directors

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Mary Lou Belli

Mary Lou Belli is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and director as well as the author of three books. Directors

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Peter Brinckerhoff

Peter Brinckerhoff has been a soap opera director for 30 years and has been nominated for 8 Daytime Emmys and won one in 1991 as part of the Santa Barbara directing team. Directors

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Arvin Brown

Arvin Brown is both a prolific and significant Hollywood/New York television director as well as a Tony-Award nominated theater director. Directors

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Jeffrey G. Hunt

Jeffrey G. Hunt began his directing career in 2005 on the series CSI. His directing career now spans more than 50+ hours of Network television. Directors

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Allen Martinez

Allen Martinez has directed national commercial campaigns, and was a top 10 finalist on Project Greenlight 2. Directors

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Roger Wolfson

Roger Wolfson is a professional television and film writer, having written for CBS' "Century City," NBC's "Law and Order: SVU," and TNT's "Saving Grace," and "The Closer," where one of his episodes earned Kyra Sedgwick an Emmy Nomination. Producers/Writers

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Alex Cary

Alex Cary is currently a writer and co-executive producer of Showtime's "Homeland". Full bio/credits below. Producers/Writers

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Christopher Gorham

Christopher is a former TAN member and received his first SAG Award Nomination in 2008 as part of the ensemble of Ugly Betty. In 2009 Gorham starred in 3 independent films and in 2010-2011 starred in Covert Affairs, a USA Network series. Celebrities

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Amber J. Lawson

Amber J. Lawson is a New Media Expert, Innovative online video content development & programming leader, multi-platform evangelist most recently AOL's Head of Video Programming & Originals. Executives

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Stacey Silverman

Through coincidence or on purpose, Stacey Silverman has worked in many facets of the television business. Starting as an actor and then moving into casting, Stacey now works in the programming department of CBS Studios. Executives

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Phyllis Schuringa

Phyllis Schuringa has been a casting director and teacher for some of the top theater companies in the country since 1986, and currently with the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Theatre

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Daniel Henning

Daniel Henning is Founding Artistic Director of The Blank, Hollywood's Resident Theatre. Theatre

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Michael Braverman

Michael Braverman is a partner in the Braverman/Bloom Company, which just completed a merger with industry heavyweight A. Smith & Co. Currently, Michael is the Executive Producer of Conspiracy Theory on truTV, and Bar Rescue. Reality

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Jerry Whitworth

Jerry Whitworth is an established producer/director of reality-based network television. After more than five years on Survivor, he has gone on to produce reality-based programming for ABC, NBC, and both the Discovery and History Channels. Reality

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