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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Silver Linings

by admin

While 2020 has been challenging–to say the least–it has also been a year of growth, solidarity, and reconnection with what’s truly important in life.

Moreover, it has been a year of extraordinary generosity: neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends, and strangers helping strangers to make it through these uncertain times.

We are extremely grateful to our community for its resilience. Over the past year, the fruits of our labor have been a lifeline for millions confined to their homes. And our industry’s passion and creativity have allowed us to continue making content, under even stricter protective measures than the law requires. We were built to problem-solve and innovate our way out of crises; it’s in our nature. We are thankful for the projects that have not only kept the lights on, but that have been such a solace to viewers.

In the meantime, the lighter volume of work has perhaps also been…a boon to our mental health? How many film and video professionals–with our 12-hour (+) workdays and endless fire drills–had time pre-pandemic to bake bread or garden? Or to deepen our relationships with family? There have been many restorative moments amidst the more difficult ones.

Our hearts go out to friends and colleagues who have been personally impacted by this pandemic. We are holding you close and sending our thoughts for better days ahead.

We also need to give a shout out to Oregon Film, the Portland Film Office, OMPA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and many others who came together to not only develop protocols for shooting under COVID-19, but who have been a constant source of support for the community. Thank you for your inspiring dedication and tireless work, all while dealing with your own challenges.

And we are grateful, once again, to all of the talent who participated in our Meals for Monologues events in 2020, including actors as far away as Germany and Austria! With hunger levels exceeding those seen during the Great Depression, your efforts provided more than 12,000 meals through the Oregon Food Bank, at a time when the need could not be greater.

Here are the other non-profits and advocacy organizations we were proud to support in 2020. We like to give them a boost, in case anyone is looking to make year-end donations. There’s still time today to throw them a few bucks, if you’re in a position to do so!

Thank you to everyone for standing together this year. We wish you happiness, good health and prosperity in 2021, and hope to see you in-person again soon!

Lana, Eryn, and the CIS Team

Friday, March 8, 2019

Exciting news for NW actors on International Women’s Day

by ranielle

In honor of International Women’s Day, Cast Iron Studios is excited to share some great news for Northwest actors!

Cast Iron Studios Incorporates Inclusion Rider

From its yearly Talent Diversity Initiative, to its participation in nationwide casting calls for transgender actors and performers with disabilities, to its commitment to always questioning the way roles are written—in order to create more opportunities for women, LGBTQ performers and others—Cast Iron Studios has long been an advocate for underrepresented performers.

Now, inspired by the work of the Annenberg Institute, Cast Iron Studios is working on incorporating an inclusion rider into its casting deals. “The idea is to challenge ourselves,” said President and Founder Lana Veenker, “as well as the production companies we enter into contract with, to more affirmatively seek opportunities for actors who have been historically underutilized.” 

This inclusion rider will serve as a benchmark for all future projects; celebrating and ensuring the widest possible range of equity, diversity and inclusion. Based in part on the Annenberg Institute’s open-source template, Cast Iron Studios’ rider will also invite clients to make an optional financial contribution towards the Talent Diversity Initiative (TDI), which provides high-quality, intensive actor training to performers of color (and potentially, in the future, to other underrepresented groups) at no cost to the actors.

The goal of the TDI is to create a larger pool of qualified diverse talent for productions to choose from when shooting in the Northwest by removing the financial barrier to high-quality training, opening doors to networking opportunities in the local film and television community, and funneling participants towards bona fide acting coaches, talent agents, managers and casting companies. 

“Graduates frequently go on to book roles in local productions,” said Veenker,” reducing the need for our clients to hire outside of market. By including this provision in our rider, we’re asking clients to not only hire more underrepresented artists today, but to help us build the talent pool of tomorrow; one that more accurately reflects the demographics of the world we live in.”

Roles for Women Hired Locally Increase by 20%

We’re also very happy to report that a recent snapshot of the stats for roles for women cast out of Cast Iron Studios shows an increase in roughly 20% over the past couple of years—and we’re determined and passionate about keeping this momentum going in all areas.

However, there’s still plenty of work to be done, as the stats for women across the board in Film/TV are still pretty dire, both in front of and behind the camera.

According to a recent study by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, male leads vastly outnumber female leads—71.3% compared to 28.8%—over a ten year span. This means that men’s stories were featured twice as often as women’s stories.

Behind the camera, according to a survey released by the Center for the Study of Women in TV/Film at San Diego State University, “The Celluloid Ceiling” by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., women made up only 20% of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 films in the last year.

In the words of Geena Davis:

“How do we encourage a lot more girls to inspire to lead? By casting droves of women in STEM, politics, law and other professions today in movies.” 

For women, performers of color, LGBTQIA+ performers, and performers with disabilities, here’s to (cast) ironing out the gaps!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cast Iron Studios Offices Damaged by Fire

by Georgia Luke

As some of you may have heard, our offices were damaged by a fire on Saturday, August 27th. Luckily, no one was injured, and the fire, which started on the roof, did not reach our floor. The smoke and water damage to our space, however, made it impossible to use and left us scrambling for an alternative. KATU covered the story:

Thankfully, we have been able to keep to our schedule by renting out space from nearby businesses. As we wade through waterlogged files, bag up garbage that used to be office supplies, and work out where to recycle the soaked electronics, we are staying positive, knowing that it could have been much worse.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support and offers of help that we received from our community through social media, phone calls and emails.

Meanwhile, the show must go on! Casting continues at a lively pace as we head into fall, and we’re grateful for that as well.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Honoring the Memory of Jack Featheringill

by admin

Jack photo


At 8:28 p.m. on July 3, 2013, our beloved friend, mentor, director, PSU Professor Emeritus and Drammy committee member Jack Featheringill passed away peacefully from complications that developed after open heart surgery on Tuesday, July 2. Link to full Oregonian obituary.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for Jack on August 19th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97205.

To accommodate expected turnout, Jack’s Celebration of Life will now take place on August 26th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

Friends and colleagues would like to thank both PCS and Artists Rep for their generosity.

The celebration will include a display of memorabilia, a short spoken program, a slide show, hors d’oeuvres and a toast to Jack. In addition, PCS Armory Café will provide food and beverage for purchase.

Please RSVP here. If you would like to submit a story or comment for his memory book, please follow the instructions on the form.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CASA in Jack’s name.

Marvelous, irreplaceable Jack: you will be sorely missed, but your legacy is enormous. Dec 4, 1931 – July 3, 2013.

Below is the press release:

From Broadway to PSU: Commemorating Local Theater Legend Jack Featheringill

Celebration of Life will take place on August 26th at Portland Center Stage


PORTLAND, ORE. Although the most passionate man in the Portland theater community passed away on July 3, his influence on actors, directors, writers, and stage technicians will endure for years to come. In recognition of the many contributions of Professor Emeritus Jack Featheringill, his friends and colleagues are hosting a celebration of his life on August 26, 2013 at Portland Center Stage.

Before Jack became a theater professor—and, ultimately, the department chair—at Portland State University, he enjoyed a 15-year career on Broadway. Under the name Jack Leigh, he danced with Ethel Merman and Judy Garland, was choreographed by George Balanchine, and performed in several Broadway musicals. Working with such notables as Jerome Robbins and Hal Prince, he was also a casting director, a stage manager, and a dance captain. He cast the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof with Bette Midler, and was a dancer in the movie The Music Man.

After Broadway, Jack returned to his alma mater, Indiana University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Theater. Hired by PSU in 1970, he remained in the Theater Arts department for three decades. Jack was three-time recipient of the American College Theatre Festival’s Award of Excellence for his direction of productions presented at the Kennedy Center: Misanthrope (1972), Equus (1978), and Waltz of the Toreadors (1983). Also during his tenure, he ran a summer stock program at Cannon Beach’s Coaster Theatre.

“Jack lived the most amazing life,” said Casting Director Lana Veenker, a close friend and former student helping to organize the celebration. “I would not be where I am today without his influence and ongoing support.” Veenker went on to found Cast Iron Studios, the Oregon casting company on Twilight, TNT’s Leverage and NBC’s Grimm.

Other former students include Portland Actors’ Conservatory Artistic Director Beth Harper, Screenwriter and NBCUniversal Story Analyst Douglas Soesbe, Stage Manager Clair Callaway, Actress, Writer and Director Victoria Parker-Pohl, and several founding members of The 3rd Floor sketch comedy troupe. Jack also directed numerous theater productions in Portland over the years, coaching and collaborating with two generations of actors and stage crews.

Upon retirement, Jack committed his life to helping others, working as an ombudsman for eldercare, a counselor on a substance-abuse hotline, and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected and abused children. From 2007 through 2013, Jack advocated for his “CASA kids” with the same fierce passion and commitment he brought to teaching and directing.

Jack’s love for local theater, however, was ongoing. He was involved with the creation of Portland’s Drammy Awards (initially the Willy Awards) and received the Drammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He served on the Drammy Committee from 1978 to 1993 and from 2005 until a few weeks before his death.

The Celebration of Life for Jack Featheringill will take place at 7:00 PM on August 26, 2013 at Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CASA in Jack’s name.

To submit a story for Jack’s memory book and to RSVP, please click here.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Former ‘Oprah Show’ Staffer Joins Cast Iron Studios

by admin

Former Oprah Show staffer, Gwen Martin, recently joined the ranks at Portland’s premiere casting company, Cast Iron Studios, as Director of Development & Marketing. Gwen brings nearly a decade of television experience to the veteran company that is currently casting for NBC’s Grimm and TNT’s Leverage, among other projects.

Gwen Martin joins CIS after nearly a decade on The Oprah Show.

In November of 2011, Cast Iron Studios’ President, Lana Veenker, rebranded the company (formerly Lana Veenker Casting) and launched a new development division. “Gwen brings extraordinary production experience to the Cast Iron Studios team. After planning, producing and executing more than 60 episodes of The Oprah Show, she adds a wealth of knowledge and great production instincts to our development division,” says Veenker. “We are thrilled to have her on board and as part of our production community.”

As Director of Development and Marketing, Martin will be overseeing new commercial casting accounts as well as exploring exciting development opportunities for the company.  Martin is passionate about bringing more production work to Oregon, and has been actively involved as a volunteer at the Oregon Media Production Association, among other organizations.

Cast Iron Studios’ most recent project, a public service announcement aimed at helping stop the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo, is set to launch this spring. In addition to the PSA, the company is currently helping to develop the script of a feature film that takes place in Paris, using Veenker’s overseas connections to line up the international cast.


Since 1999, Cast Iron Studios has cast thousands of actors in hundreds of projects, including national and international campaigns for brands such as Nike, Apple and Nintendo, blockbuster films such as Twilight, and the hit television series Grimm and Leverage.

To stay apprised of all of Cast Iron Studios’ news and updates, please subscribe to our quarterly newsletter here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

“Rid Of Me” Now Available Online and OnDemand!

by ranielle

Rid of Me,” a film we helped cast in 2009, is continuing to pick up buzz after its triumphant turn at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival.  You can now find it on Xfinity OnDemand, at iTunes,, and

Written and directed by James Westby and starring Katie O’Grady, Storm Large, Orianna Herrman and a host of other wonderful local talent, “Rid of Me” is the little film that could.  Congrats to all!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lana Veenker Casting is now Cast Iron Studios

by admin

We’re happy to announce a big change! After more than a decade in business, Lana Veenker Casting has become Cast Iron Studios, and we’re ready to celebrate all the growth and hard work that’s brought us to this moment.

We’re still the Northwest’s premiere film and television casting company, and we’re now delving into production development as well.

Why the new name?
For a long time, Lana has wanted to honor the contributions of her team, by taking her name out of the company moniker. And she’s keen to tackle new challenges, by playing a larger part in the productions that cross her desk.



In her new role as Executive Producer, she’ll maintain her involvement in film and television casting, while vetting projects of her own to shepherd through the production process.

Casting Director Eryn Goodman will continue to head up primary casting duties, while Office Dominatrix Ranielle Gray (henceforward Associate Producer) will keep the gears running at all cylinders.

Please keep up with us on our new Facebook page at and on Twitter at

And, of course, right here on our blog.

Join us as we forge forward!


Friday, April 29, 2011

Creative Space Available

by admin

We thought we’d let our Portland film industry colleagues know that there’s a large 3611 SF creative space available in our building. We’d love to have someone else from the film industry as our neighbors!

Great part of town; very industrial with cool restaurants and bars in the vicinity. Feels like old SoHo!

If you know of any production companies, ad agencies or anyone else looking for creative space, pass on the details to them!

Sean Turley, Broker
Norris, Beggs & Simpson

Let him know we sent you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

"Twilight" Returns to Oregon Coast? Not According to Film Office.

by admin

An article claiming that the “Breaking Dawn” set had been discovered on the central Oregon coast by three University of Oregon students appeared on over the weekend.

BRAYS POINT, Oregon – When three University of Oregon students decided the weather was too nice on a sunny Friday to sit in class, they cut school. “We hit the coast and we’re sure glad we did because we’re huge Twilight fans. Imagine riding by the beach and spotting Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson? Well, it happened to us, we found Breaking Dawn,” says Greg Barker who’s a senior at the U of O in Eugene.

Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film &Television, refuted the claims both in the article’s comment section and in an email to us.  The article states that a contact at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television confirmed that pre-production was underway and goes on to quote a source.  Porter tells us that the Governor’s Office was never contacted and confirmed no such thing.  Moreover, the Governor’s Office checked in with the University of Oregon and found that there are no students registered at the school with the names listed in the article.

For more information on what we know regarding “Breaking Dawn”, check out these previous blog posts:

“Breaking Dawn” Casting Director Update
Summit Clears Up A Few “Breaking Dawn” Rumors
Summit Entertainment’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN To Be Filmed In Louisiana and Vancouver, BC

Friday, August 20, 2010

Summit Clears Up A Few "Breaking Dawn" Rumors

by admin

Seems that the admins of sites across the “Twilight” universe have received some rumor control messages from Summit.

The biggest rumor being cleared up is, of course, regarding casting for the final film installments:

There is only one casting director working on THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN films right now – Debra Zane. As of right now no local auditions are being held. If Debra’s name is not attached to it in some form or another, it is not legitimate. She is also not putting out nationwide casting notices. Once again – as was the case with NEW MOON and ECLIPSE – any ads you see are completely false. She has set up an e-mail address specifically for casting inquiries (

Head here to read the full list of cleared-up rumors, courtesy of, as linked from the Official Twilight Series Fan Page on Facebook.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Summit Entertainment’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN To Be Filmed In Louisiana And Vancouver BC

by admin

Our friends over at The Twilight Saga Facebook page posted the following press release today:


Summit Entertainment’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be filmed in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Vancouver [BC] over the next year starting this fall. The next chapter of THE TWILIGHT SAGA will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011.

Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.

The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, is currently in theatres.

About the TWILIGHT SAGA film series
The TWILIGHT SAGA film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together…even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story TWILIGHT, the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON was released November 20, 2009. The franchise has grossed over $1.4 billion in worldwide box office ticket sales to date.

About Summit Entertainment, LLC
Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC releases on average 10 to 12 films annually.

Read the original post here.

Once we hear any news about casting or casting directors involved in the project, we will post it here on the blog and send it to our Twihard newsletter subscribers. Sign up for the Twihard newsletter in the right sidebar of this blog!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finally, some real Breaking Dawn news!

by admin

We finally have some real news to report on Breaking Dawn!! But first, a public service announcement:


We continue to be inundated with messages, emails and tweets, asking who is directing Breaking Dawn, who is casting it, where it is shooting and when auditions are taking place.

As we’ve said before, we’re unable to answer all these questions individually, or we’d simply have no time to, you know, earn a living! We do have a casting company to run, after all. 🙂

For the time being, we have nothing to do with Breaking Dawn and there’s no guarantee that we ever will. It all depends on when and where it shoots and who is hired to cast and direct. None of this is in our hands, unfortunately, and we cannot reply to everyone who asks one by one.

Here’s the best way to keep informed about anything we do learn regarding the Twilight Saga. Anything we find out will be reported in these five places first:

1. Twihard Mailing List: Join by sending a blank email to twihard [@] aweber [.] com (remove the spaces and brackets).

2. Twitter: Follow us at

3. The Casting Scoop: Check this blog regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed (see right sidebar)

4. Facebook: Find us at

5. MySpace: We’re at


Finally, if you’re trying to break into the acting business, sign up for our Tools 4 Actors newsletter, also in the right sidebar of this blog, or simply send a blank email to tools4actors [@] aweber [.] com (minus the spaces and brackets). The newsletter is full of tips and tools from Casting Director Lana Veenker, and it’s helpful for both beginners and seasoned actors.

NOW, on to the news:

Thanks go to our friends over at the Twilight Lexicon for alerting us to this article on Entertainment Weekly:

Exclusive: Summit looking at Academy Award-nominated directors for ‘Breaking Dawn’
by Nicole Sperling
March 16, 2010

Yes, it’s still early days, but Summit is trying to up its pedigree for its big-screen adaptation of the final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Sources tell EW that the studio has reached out to at least three top-notch directors, including Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) to gauge their interest in what is likely to be two movies. (Van Sant’s reps confirmed that he’s been approached, but Coppola and Condon’s people didn’t return phone calls by press time. Summit declined to comment.)

No decisions are likely to be made until the studio delivers screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s detailed outline to the directors. That should happen sometime next week. Until then we can just wonder how these three very diverse directors will approach Bella’s controversial birthing scene.

Link to article.

Be sure to also check out the Lexicon’s interesting comments about this news:

The Hunt for Breaking Dawn Directors Begins

In our opinion, which is based on past experience and conjecture not insider info, Summit will tell us details about Breaking Dawn after the Eclipse major marketing wave is over. That’s not to say that Melissa Rosenberg isn’t working on script options, meaning making it one movie or two movies, that they aren’t figuring if they will use Portland or Vancouver, or when they’ll be shooting. It just means that like most companies, they like to focus their marketing and newscycle on one major product at a time. Pun intended, they don’t want the Eclipse movie to be eclipsed by Breaking Dawn news.

Link to article.

Friday, October 16, 2009

More news about "Breaking Dawn"

by admin

More news has just surfaced about “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth movie in the “Twilight” franchise, based on the best-selling books by Stephenie Meyer.

Scene in Portland‘s Kelly Jo Horton breaks the scoop:

Twilight is coming back to Portland.

I can’t tell you how I know this, but I know this. According to a very reliable source, there are two production companies involved: Summit Entertainment and Sunswept Entertainment. The movie will be split into two separate films. Breaking Dawn Part 1 will most likely begin shooting in March of 2010 (despite rumors putting the start date as September 2010), which puts filming right smack-dab on the same schedule as Leverage. Portland will look like the backlot of Universal with Leverage and then the two Breaking Dawn movies shooting back to back.

Link to full article.

We know Kelly Jo Horton personally and believe her to be a reliable source. That being said, our office has not been contacted by the production company regarding casting, as we stated in our previous post, so we’ll repost a few reminders for the “Breaking Dawn” hopefuls out there:

There is no need to inundate our mailboxes with materials (or goodness forbid, swamp our phone lines or email inboxes). Our small staff and limited resources make it impossible for us to consider ANY submissions or inquiries at this time. Please save your money and spare us from the onslaught!

To keep updated on any Twilight-related news we may have, subscribe to our Twilight mailing list, by sending a blank email to You can also keep an eye on this blog for news and/or sign up for the RSS feed on the right sidebar.

We assure you that any information worth sharing will immediately be posted here and sent to our mailing list.

NOTE: This is a different mailing list from our Tools 4 Actors newsletter. If you want to receive Lana’s acting tips and tools, use the form on the right sidebar of this page.

We are all hopeful that the news is accurate, but for the time being, we’ll just have to wait and see. We appreciate your help in keeping our lives manageable!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Breaking Dawn Rumors

by admin

Word has been flying around the blogosphere that “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth film in the “Twilight” series, may be shooting in Oregon next September.

For the record, we have not yet been contacted by production about this possibility and have not been hired to provide casting services.

There is no need to inundate our mailboxes with materials (or goodness forbid, swamp our phone lines or email inboxes). Our small staff and limited resources make it impossible for us to consider ANY submissions or inquiries at this time. Please save your money and spare us from the onslaught!

To keep updated on any Twilight-related news we may have, subscribe to our Twilight mailing list, by sending a blank email to You can also keep an eye on this blog for news and/or sign up for the RSS feed on the right sidebar.

We assure you that any information worth sharing will immediately be posted here and sent to our mailing list.

NOTE: This is a different mailing list from our Tools 4 Actors newsletter. If you want to receive Lana’s acting tips and tools, use the form on the right sidebar of this page.

We appreciate your understanding and hope to have more information for you in the future.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Leverage" returning for third season

by admin

27 August 2009 11:00 AM, PDT
By James Hibberd

TNT has renewed “Leverage” for a third season

The Timothy Hutton starrer, about a team of con artists and hackers who bring down corrupt bigwigs, has been averaging 4.1 million viewers and ranked ninth on the list of most-watched returning TV shows on cable this summer.

“Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, ‘Leverage’ has proved itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT. “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”

The network ordered 15 episodes to debut next year. The show’s summer finale is Sept. 9, then it will return to finish its second season this winter.

TNT this month also renewed freshman drama “Hawthorne”; another new drama, “Dark Blue,” remains on the fence. »

See full article at

(Congrats, cast and crew!)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thanks for the input, Twilight fans!

by admin

Thanks for all the great ideas for what to do with the five rare autographed Twilight posters from the DVD release party.

We’ll be going through all your suggestions and post a contest soon!

In the meantime, keep abreast of our acting tips and tools by subscribing to the Tools4Actors newsletter in the right sidebar.

Have a great weekend, all!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sign Up Now to be an Extra on TNT’s "Leverage"

by admin

GOOD NEWS! Our new extras casting system is inching towards completion!!

We’re now able to access and search the new online database, so our registration process has been streamlined and it is no longer necessary to register using the old system.

If you haven’t registered yet, an update on how to do it is below.

If you have registered, but haven’t uploaded a digital photo yet, your profile is useless to us! You MUST upload a current photo in order to be considered.

Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, is urgently seeking individuals based in the Portland area who are interested in working as extras on the TNT television series “Leverage,” shooting in and around Portland through mid-September.

We need extras of all ages, types and ethnicities.


All interested parties should follow these instructions precisely:

* Go to

* Click on “New Profile” on the left side of the home page, under the login button.

* Select “Portland.”

* Select “I’m signing up as an extra.

* Select Account Type (scroll to bottom for free Basic Account).

* Enter your information completely and follow the instructions you will receive in an email as to how you can upload your current picture.

* It is very important that you immediately upload your photo on Casting Frontier in order to be entered into the database. You cannot be considered for extra work without a photo.


We will be in contact with individuals who fit the specs for each episode. To help us maintain our sanity, please do not call, send multiple emails or drop by the office.

Extras earn minimum wage (eight-hour minimum, regardless of hours worked), plus overtime pay after eight hours. Shoot days are sporadic, but long (can be 12 hours or more) and extras are required to be 100% available on their work dates.

Rutabaga Background Casting does not charge extras any fees to be listed with its company. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stay Tuned for "Leverage" Info

by admin

We’ll be making an official announcement about the casting of “Leverage” shortly.

In the meantime, professional actors based in Oregon or Washington who do not have representation in Portland or Seattle can mail their (stapled) headshots and resumes to Lana Veenker Casting, 2580 NW Upshur Street, Portland, Oregon 97210, including their contact information and union status.

Actors who are represented by talent agencies in the Northwest are already on file and do not need to submit their details by mail.

Individuals interested in working as extras can email leverage[at]sayrutabaga[dot]com to be added to the list of people to contact when the extras division is ready to start casting.

It is not necessary for extras to email photos or other attachments at this time, as a new casting system is in development and will be announced shortly.

Please note that we cannot accept drop-ins or telephone calls regarding Leverage, as the volume of inquiries would be unmanageable. All casting news will be posted here as it becomes available.

Thanks for your understanding!