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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cast Iron attends the Artios

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Casting Director Eryn Goodman and Casting Associate Ranielle Gray made a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles in late January to attend the 2019 Artios Awards, and meet face-to-face with members of the casting community, who are so often only at the other end of a phone or email exchange from our cozy corner here in the Pacific Northwest.

Among those honored at the Casting Society of America’s annual awards ceremony were Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer. UDK Casting received the Hoyt Bowers Award for Excellence in Casting.

Former “Glee” co-stars Amber Riley and Darren Criss perform together before introducing the UDK Casting team.

Also taking home a top honor for the night was Laura Dern, presented with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement by #OregonMade Wild director Jean Marc Vallée. Cast Iron Studios cast around 30 principal roles in the Oscar-nominated film, based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir.

Director Jean Marc Vallée

And though we of course cheered for all nominees and winners, we were especially glad to see so many of the casting directors we’ve worked with over the years be honored for their achievements, including David Rubin (Wild), Corinne Clark (Timmy Failure) and Jennifer Page (Timmy Failure) for Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action) “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, Meg Morman and Sunday Boling (“In the Vault”) for Shortform Series “Relationship Status”, and Margery Simkin (Extraordinary Measures) with Michael Donovan and Associate Richie Ferris for Special Theatrical Performance Mamma Mia!.

Congratulations to all of the nominees, honorees, and winners.

Casting Associate Ranielle Gray CSA and Casting Director Eryn Goodman CSA
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LAGenX Radio Interviews Casting Director Lana Veenker

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Listen in to this episode of LAGenX Radio, in which Lana’s college buddy Gina Yates (now a high-falutin’ LA radio producer and on-air personality) and her Gen X cohorts Jason Burns and Jeff Phillips try to convince Lana to help relaunch actor Mark Hamill‘s career.

They also get Lana talking about crazy stalker Twilight fans, embarrassing college drama department stories and Lana’s suggestions for using Twitter as a tool to promote your acting career.

The “Hamill Time” segment starts about 32 minutes in, but listen to the whole program for a discussion of Twitter, Gen X-ers, low-hanging fruit and a cat with pica:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twilight Premiere in LA

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For Lana’s full report of the star-studded LA premiere of “Twilight” on Monday night, head over to Shawn Levy’s Mad About Movies blog.

Been trying to sit down to write this post all day, but my cell phone has been ringing and beeping non-stop since 7:00 am: “OMG, how did it go? Tell me everything!”

Friends, family and staff, many of whom are die-hard “Twilight” fans (otherwise known as “Twi-hards”), couldn’t wait to get the scoop on last night’s premiere at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles. Never mind that I got home from the after-party at around 2:00 am. […]

Link to full article.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Valley of Talent!

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We all had fun watching the 229th Presentation of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, “The Valley of Light,” last night on CBS. Kudos to all the actors and crew on a beautiful production.

Here are a few photos from the LA premiere last week at the Directors’ Guild of America:

Director Brent Shields and Casting Director Lana Veenker

Lana Veenker with Lead Actor Chris Klein (“Noah Locke”) and Co-Star Betty Moyer (“Ada Reynolds”)

President of Hallmark Hall Fame Productions Brad Moore, with Betty Moyer, Brent Shields and the film’s dialect coach, Voice Actress Mary McDonald-Lewis

Lana Veenker with Casting Director Molly Lopata (whose IMDb photos don’t appear to be her) and Lana’s guest, Casting Director Irene Cagen

Irene Cagen with guest, Actor Robert Blanche, Betty Moyer and Mary McDonald-Lewis

Lana Veenker and Mary McDonald-Lewis with Co-Stars James Marsh (“Peavo”), William Joseph Elk III (“Marshall”) and Betty Moyer

Lana Veenker with Producer Andrew Gottlieb

Betty Moyer with Actor Geoff Pierson (“Whitlow”) and James Marsh

Brent Shields and Mary Mac

Betty Moyer with Andrew Gottlieb

Chris Klein and Mary Mac

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Slate Please!

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Just a quick fly-by here. The wrap party for “Paranoid Park” was last weekend; it was really fun to see all the kids and meet their parents, reconnect with the crew, and celebrate our hard work. Can’t wait to see how the film turns out! Sounds like the shoot went exceptionally well, so everyone’s excited to see the results.

We’re starting on a new feature film for Lakeshore Entertainment, “Untraceable”” starring Diane Lane. Have got several other independent films underway and the usual slew of commercial clients. It’s a conveyer belt!

I shot down to LA last week to do some casting down there and got to drop in on a few casting directors I know and catch up with friends. Had to cut my trip short, though, when I heard the wrap party was moved to Saturday: After 14 weeks on Paranoid Park, I wasn’t going to miss that, so I flew back early to attend!

Oh, and we’ve finally entered the digital age and got our new website up and running. It’s mainly geared towards clients, but kinda fun to check out. I hope I don’t get an onslaught of emails from actors in Romania and Venezuela, wanting us to cast them in our next Lottery commercial….it doesn’t really work like that, guys! If you’re not local, it’s not likely we can use you. 😉

Off to work!