Casting Call for 2011 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase in Los Angeles

CBS will sponsor its sixth talent showcase for diverse sketch comedians in January 2011 in Los Angeles. "The CBS Network is known as 'The Tiffany Network' and our showcases are known as the 'Rolls Royce' of showcases, featuring the dynamic duo of Rick Najera and Fern Orenstein, CBS VP Casting, who change actors' professional lives and provide them access to open doors within the entertainment industry," said Josie Thomas, CBS Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

January 2011 Showcase will be Directed by Rick Najera in Association with AFTRA, American Indians in Film and Television, East West Players, Nosotros, SAG and The Robey Theatre Company.

The showcase is focused on African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBT actors and performers with disabilities. Actors should possess extensive sketch comedy experience. Each audition will require a one-minute original sketch comedy monologue.

CBS Entertainment executives, casting directors from the Network's primetime and daytime programs, as well as casting directors from shows on other networks will be on hand at the Showcase. An invitation has also been extended to casting directors from production companies that work with CBS.

Photos and resumes should be sent to:

Attn: CBS Comedy Showcase
c/o Member Education EEO Department
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15, 2010. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Previous experience/training is recommended of all, but professional representation is not necessary. The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase will be held at the Historic El Portal Theater in January, 2011. The exact date is TBD.

The Network's on-going talent showcases are part of the CBS Diversity Institute, a comprehensive program designed to identify and develop diversity within the writing, directing and talent communities. In addition to the Diversity Talent Showcases now currently in their eighth year, the CBS Diversity Institute includes the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, the CBS Directing Initiative and numerous actor workshops conducted nationwide, as well as writer workshops conducted in Los Angeles.

Other CBS showcases have included Latino American Talent Showcases in partnership with NOSOTROS, Native American Talent Showcases in association with American Indians in TV and Film, Asian Pacific American Actors Showcases in association with East West Players, African American Showcases in collaboration with The Robey Theatre Company and a showcase for performers with disabilities in association with the California State Media Access Office. Additional events are planned with these and other groups.

Warner Bros. open casting call for 10-13 yo boy for feature film 'Dolphin Tale'

Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers are in pre-production on the upcoming 3D feature film 'Dolphin Tale' starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr. The casting directors are holding an open casting call/talent search for a 10 - 13 year old Caucasian boy who is able to swim well.

No acting experience is necessary. This role is the ONLY role they are looking for at this open call.

Character Description:

[SAWYER NELSON] He's 11 years old, Caucasian, small, introverted, a child genius, brilliant at tinkering but not interested in regular school. Some years ago Sawyer s father walked away from his family, and Sawyer became dependent upon the company of his older cousin, Kyle. But now Kyle has enrolled in the Army and ships out, leaving Sawyer to fold into himself, much to the worry of his mother. But while riding his bike, he happens upon a shoreline incident where a dolphin has been severely hurt in a crab trap. While trying to help, Sawyer makes a connection with the young dolphin that sparks a curiosity that blossoms into a driving force to save the dolphin s life.

Open Casting Call Details


Saluda Shoals Park
Environmental Center Auditorium
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Click Here for directions.


Thursday, August 19, 2010
1:00pm – 4:00pm

You MUST bring a current photograph with you. Please bring yourself and only one other family member.

Shooting will take place from September 27, 2010 through December 7, 2010 in the Clearwater, Florida area.

Winter the Dolphin, who gained national fame because of her prosthetic tail, will be the star of the movie. While most of the film will be shot at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a robotic dolphin double will be used to shoot scenes Winter can't do herself. 'Dolphin Tale' is a fictional story but it has a lot of fact in it about Winter's real life.

Two 80,000-foot stranding pools are being constructed for the film on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium property and, when filming is over, the Aquarium gets to keep these pools and use them to rehab dolphins in the future.

Principal Actor Casting:

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Dolphin Tale
Barden/Schnee Casting
150 West 28th Street
Suite 402
New York, NY 10001

Extras Casting:

Extras casting will begin late August in Clearwater, FL.

Crew Members:

Film crew workers in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater areas send resume to:

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Bottlenose Productions, LLC
400 Cleveland Street
2nd Floor
Clearwater, FL 33755

Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Alcon Entertainment
10390 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Producers: Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Richard Ingber, Steven P. Wegner

Director: Charles Martin Smith


Ashley Judd
Morgan Freeman
Harry Connick Jr.


Based on the true story of a young boy who befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap, and motivates everyone around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin's missing tail. Connick Jr. plays Dr. Clay Haskett, a vet who rescues the mammal and brings her to runs the marine hospital he runs. Judd plays Lorraine Nelson, the boy's mother while Freeman is Dr. Ken McCarthy, a doctor who creates a prosthetic limb for Winter.