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New Projects Casting - PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Closing - Fall Season - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Abigail Hardin, September 20, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss The Phantom of the Opera Closing 🌹; Actors on Acting; Paramount Eyeing Increased Theatrical Presence; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Spotlighting Work of Intimacy Coordinators; Quick Bites; Shop Directories

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New Projects Casting - Emmy Awards - Production News - Streaming Wars

By Abigail Hardin, September 13, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Emmy Awards; Fall Festivals; Cineworld Files for Bankruptcy; Production News; Streaming Wars; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Industry Intel; Quick Bites; What to Watch & Read

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New Projects - CA Tax Bill On Hold - Changes to Broadcast Programming - Fall Film Festivals

By Abigail Hardin, August 30, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Politics & Production; TV News; Fall Film Festivals 🍂; Movie Theatres; Diversity / Inclusion; What to Watch

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New Projects - LA, NYC Bolstering Production Plans - Awards & Festivals - MoviePass Returns

By Abigail Hardin, August 23, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Awards & Festivals; LA, NYC Bolstering Production Plans; Political Updates; Unions; MoviePass Returns, Cineworld Mulls Restructuring; Nexstar Acquires CW Majority Share; Streaming Landscape; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; What to Watch & Read

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New Projects - Hulu vs Disney - TV Talk - State of Theatre

By Abigail Hardin, August 16, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Hulu vs. Disney+; Awards & Festivals; Industry Reactions to Abortion Bans Continue; TV Talk; The State of the Theater; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Actors on Acting

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New Projects Casting - Film/TV Production - Politics - More Q2 Earnings

By Abigail Hardin, August 09, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Film/TV Production; Politics; Streaming Wars; Industry Trends; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Actors on Acting

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New Projects Casting - Production Updates - Political Landscape - Q2 Earnings

By Abigail Hardin, August 02, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Award & Festival Season; Production Updates; Political Landscape; Q2 Earnings; Streaming Reigns Supreme; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Quick Bites; What to Watch & Read

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Late Edition: New Projects - Netflix Q2 Report Impact - Summer Pilot Season - Production Trends - Theatre News

By Abigail Hardin, July 26, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Netflix: Lemons or Lemonade? 🍋; TV Talk; Awards 🏆; Production: California Dip & Relocation; Unions; Theatre: Treading the Boards; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Actors on Acting; New Works, New Faces; Quick Bites

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New Projects - Politics & Tax Credits - Industry Intel - Actors on Acting

By Abigail Hardin, July 19, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Production Updates: Studios Watching Abortion Bans; Paradise Square Fallout; Industry Intel; Emmys 2022: SUCCESSION, TED LASSO, WHITE LOTUS Lead Award Fields; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Actors on Acting: Dominique Fishback, Daniel Kaluuya & More; Quick Bites: Gremlins vs. Baby Yoda, BARBIE Movie Intel, Theatre on Jeopardy; What to Watch & Read

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New Projects Casting - New Film Tax Credits - B'way Closings - Broadcast Schedules

By Abigail Hardin, July 12, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Beanie Feldstein Exits FUNNY GIRL Early, Makes Way for Lea Michelle in September; Political Update: Arizona Tax Credit Boost, Predatory Ticketing Practices Targeted; Movie Theaters & Streaming; Broadcast Schedules: Fall 2022 Coming Into View; At the Office; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; International DEI - Canada Directors Guild Representation Lacking, BIFA Awards Adopt Gender Neutral Categories; 📣 Calling All Screenwriters; Actors on Acting: Benicio del Toro, Christian Bale, The Hemsworths & More; Around Town: NYC

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New Projects - Domestic & International Production - Updates at the Office - Political Fallout

By Abigail Hardin, July 05, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Political Updates: Fallout from Roe Rollback Continues; Domestic & International Production: Sites Expanding, Spanish Drama Boom; Industry Intel: Signature, Woolly Mammoth Name New Execs; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Unproduced Scripts Eyed; Black, Queer Playwrights Discuss Future; Quick Bites; What to Watch & Read

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Casting Theatre Submitting

How to Reach Out to Theatre Casting Directors

By The Up-To-Date Actor, July 01, 2022
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The process of reaching out to casting directors for theatre project submissions differs slightly from that of general Film/TV project submissions.

One similarity is your ability to research and get specific! Like television, there is a lot of information available prior to a theatre production. As a theatre performer, you should be prepared with a list of 5-10 roles in specific plays that you are right for. Look to the roles you have already worked on in acting class.

For most theatre audition notices the roles and storyline will already be available, which makes it easier to be more specific in the submission for a particular role. Up-To-Date Actor lists public EPA and audition notices for union regional theatre projects. EPAs and audition notices are great, but don’t let that be your only option! If you don’t see an upcoming audition but are interested in a certain production, call the producing company or regional theatre directly.

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New Projects - Roe Fallout - Broadway: Masks Optional - Daytime Emmys - Production Abroad

By Abigail Hardin, June 28, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Roe vs. Wade Fallout; Pride Month Wrapping Up; Industry Intel: Daytime Emmys, Tyler Perry Supports Apollo Theater; Production in the UK: Scotland Films Booming, English Theatrical Feat Still Running; Broadway Updates: Masks Optional in July, Shows Closing This Summer; Up-and-Coming Creatives: Native American Writers Lab, NBCUniversal Stepping Up; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Actors on Acting: Viola Davis, Martin Short, Natalie Portman, and More; What to Watch & Read

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Casting Film TV Submitting

Can You Directly Reach Out to Film/TV Casting Directors?

By The Up-To-Date Actor, June 20, 2022
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The life of an actor requires continuously putting yourself out there to gain visibility and recognition. To get cast in a production, it used to be par for the course for actors to send general submissions to casting directors via mass mailers with their headshots, resumes, and cover letters enclosed. Casting directors and agents would then sift through the mail, select the actors they were interested in, and invite them to perform as a means of getting to know this new talent.

The “general submission” practice has since fallen by the wayside, especially in New York City and Los Angeles, and has been replaced with the rising success of paid networking seminars. While this was the norm for a while, the pandemic uprooted things once again, making it all the more important to understand how to navigate the nuances of “Specific General Submission,” as well as proper etiquette for crafting a cover letter, whether to mail or email a submission and how to follow up with casting directors at networking events.

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New Projects - Tony Awards - Guns & Hollywood - Streaming, Broadcast & Upfronts - Honoring Black Theatre

By Abigail Hardin, June 14, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Tony Awards; Theatre: out with the old, in with the new!; Guns & Hollywood; Streaming, Broadcast & Upfronts; Shakeup at the House of Mouse; Honoring Black Theatre; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Actors on Acting; Quick Bites

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New Projects - Mass. Production Boom - Tony Awards Protocols - Industry Intel

By Abigail Hardin, June 07, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss Production Boom in Massachusetts; Awards Chatter; Industry Intel; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Quick Bites & What to Watch

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New Projects - Cannes And International Growth - More Upfronts Wrap Up - Summer Fun

By Abigail Hardin, May 31, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss UpFronts Success; Streaming: Q4 Earnings & Subscribers; At the Office; Production: Cannes, International Continues to Grow; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Increase in On-Screen Diversity Slows; Broadway Bumpin': NFTs Come to the Great White Way; NYC Updates: Pride Month 2022, Bryant Park Movie Nights, and more; Quick Bites

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Grow Your Acting Career With the Right Talent Agent

By The Up-To-Date Actor, May 30, 2022
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Navigating the world of acting can be challenging for even the most experienced of actors. The Film/TV/Theatre industries are fickle and dynamic. As a working actor, it is your responsibility to do everything you can to grow your acting career. Part of that means partnering with the right talent agent.

Having the right representation can make all the difference in your success. The Up-To-Date Actor has an extensive database filled with talent agencies, but it is on you to find representation that is the best fit.

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New Projects Casting - Upfronts Wrap Up - New Film/TV Studio - Theatre News

By Abigail Hardin, May 24, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss UpFronts; Production: New Studio, Indie Film & Streamer Churn; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Theatre News; Quick Bites

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New Projects Casting - Major TV Cancellations & Upfronts - Industry Insights - Awards Chatter

By Abigail Hardin, May 17, 2022
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In this week's entertainment industry update, we discuss TV: Out with the Old, In with the New!; Industry Intel; Awards: Emmys Adjust for Streaming Future, Full Look at 2022 Tony Awards; Actors on Acting; NYC Updates

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