September 21, 2011

Afternoon at the Beach

Jessica’s A List
Afternoon at the Beach

Santa Monica Pier Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 2-6pm

Join us this year at the beach!

We’ll have ‘home base’ just to the north side of the pier on the beach.
Look for red balloons.
All clients and their guests are welcome!

Bring beach chairs and blankets to relax. Check out the pier ( and maybe even ride some rides (! This is NOT a potluck like last year, please plan to bring your own food and drink or purchase from the Pier.

Parking: There is a large parking lot on the north side of the pier that usually costs about $8 dollars to park. The Santa Monica area has several large public parking lots/structures around the beaches and the 3rd Street Promenade area.

Beach Rules: Santa Monica Beach is a state beach; therefore it comes with more rules than a normal LA beach. Here they are, so no one gets in trouble… No smoking, No fires or fireworks, Dogs not permitted on the beach, Ball playing in designated areas only, Must obey lifeguards' direction, No tents or temporary enclosures, All trash must be placed in trash cans, No alcoholic beverages, No glass containers and Smoking is prohibited on Santa Monica beach, on the Santa Monica Pier, in waiting areas for public services (e.g., bus stops) and within 20 feet of an entrance to a public facility. (

July 28, 2011


The Box Brothers Store that manages our mailbox is moving one block down Hillhurst Ave. Our new address is 1920 HILLHURST AVE. #312, LOS ANGELES, CA 90027. The only change is the street number. This change is active August 1st. Thanks -m

July 18, 2011

SWD - SAG Visitation/Registration Update

SAG Visitation/Registration Update

WHEN: Sun. July 31st, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm

WHERE: Sportmenʼs Lodge Event Center
4234 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604
Free Parking Use the Coldwater Canyon Entrance, please

WHO: SAG Members, Men and Women ages 18 and over. ALL ethnicities!!!!

WHAT TO BRING: PHOTO ID- Current SAG card, Driverʼs license, State ID etc... (you must be legal to work in the U.S., with a working SS# !)

There are NO SIGN-UP FEES !!

Smith & Webster-Davis Casting, Inc. For more info, please go to

(***Be aware that this is the same time and place of their open call for "Magnus Rex", if you are just going to say 'Hi', it might be a little busy! - mollye***)

Open Casting Call for “Magnus Rex” - SWD Casting

Open Casting Call for “Magnus Rex”

A Warner Bros. Film requires extras to play as Victims and Perpetrators within a city besieged by crime and corruption. Take part in the urban action adventure ripping through the streets of Los Angeles from August through October 2011.

WHEN: Sun. July 31st, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm

WHERE: Sportmenʼs Lodge Event Center
4234 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604
Free Parking Use the Coldwater Canyon Entrance, please

WHO: Men and Women ages 18 and over. ALL ethnicities!!!! No experience necessary!
Some specific types we are looking for are:
Prisoners/Thugs, Guards, Police Officers, Business men & women ALL types are needed!!

WHAT TO BRING: PHOTO ID- Driverʼs license, State ID etc... (you must be legal to work in the U.S., with a working SS# !) SAG card, if you are a union member.

There are NO SIGN-UP FEES !!

Smith & Webster-Davis Casting, Inc.
For more info, please go to

June 21, 2011

July 1st SAG TV/Movie Rates

Starting July 1st, there is an increase in the SAG rates for background of 2%. The percentage gets rounded up and the new rates are as follows...

Background - $142.00
Photo Double/Special Ability - $152.00
Stand In - $157.00

June 7, 2011

Union Contracts, simplified for Background *updated 6/20/11*

We often get asked about contracts. I found PDF's from both AFTRA and SAG that outline their contracts with a background actor in mind. Of course, always refer to your union for up to date information, but as of 6/8/11, I believe these are the most up to date. Give them a read, there were a few things that were news to me! -m

AFTRA: Background Actor Guide to the AFTRA Television Contract

SAG: Digest: West Coast Background Actors 2009

Summary of the Agreement for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Basic and Television Agreements and the 2011 AFTRA Exhibit A to the Network Television Code


COMMERCIAL Contract Rates Page -

COMMERCIALS CONTRACT - Background / Extra Performers FAQ

When is the session payment due for a commercial?
Session payment for a commercial is due 12 business days after the session.

How is overtime paid on a commercial?

After 8 hours of work, the 9th and 10th hour are paid at time-and-one-half and all hours after that are paid at double time in hourly units. All hours worked on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays are paid at double time. All overtime for an extra performer is based on the maximum pay the extra performer is receiving on that particular day, i.e., additional compensation for wet, snow, smoke or dust work is added to the daily rate and overtime is based on that new rate.

What is the extra performer’s session payment for an Internet-only or New Media-only commercial?
There are currently no minimum fees set under the contract for a commercial made directly for the Internet and/or New Media. The extra performer and the producer are free to bargain a fee. The Pension & Health contribution rate is 15.5% and is non-negotiable. As of April 1, 2011, the minimum fees for a commercial made directly for the Internet and/or New Media will be the same as a broadcast commercial.

What is an “omni”?

An “omni” is defined as atmospheric words or sounds, such as cheering at a sports event, spoken by a group. This falls within the work of an extra performer.

Is there a section on the employment contract to indicate working in smoke?
Yes. The employment contract contains a check-off box indicating work in smoke. Additionally, the producer must provide each performer with a Material Specification Data Sheet (MSDS) no later than the first day of employment when work in smoke is required. An extra performer is entitled to additional compensation in the amount of $41.75 per day for work in smoke, wet, snow or dust (or any combination of these conditions).

When are meals due? What are the liquidated damages if not fed on time?
The first meal period must be called not later than 6 hours from the call time. All subsequent meal periods are due not later than 6 hours after the termination of the preceding meal period. Damages for violations are $25.00 for each of the 1st and 2nd half hours and $50.00 for each ½ hour thereafter.

How does a background performer qualify for an upgrade to principal performer?
There are several ways to qualify for an upgrade to principal performer. Here are the most common:
  1. A performer is directed to speak a line (other than omnies); or
  2. A performer is performing an identifiable stunt; or
  3. A performer is in the (1) foreground, (2) identifiable, and (3) demonstrating or illustrating a product or service or illustrating or reacting to the on/off camera narration or commercial message. (The performer must meet all 3 criteria simultaneously in the spot to qualify for a principal upgrade.)

June 1, 2011

Central Casting: Personal Health Benefits

Central asked us to spread the news that they are doing some sort of health plan. We don't have any further information and this re-post is not an endorsement of it as a health plan... we're just spreading the word that it exists and check it out if you're interested. (Click the image to enlarge.)

April 28, 2011

Studio Address List

This address list is for reference only. When booked on a job, always follow the casting directors instructions for address/directions/parking or you may end up where you're not supposed to be!
ABC Studios
4151 Prospect Ave., Hollywood 90027
(310) 557-7777 TG 594 A-4
Street parking only – near Vermont/Hollywood

CBS Radford Studios
4024 Radford Ave., Studio City 91604
(818) 760-5000 TG 562 G-5
Enter on Colfax – gate C – north of Ventura

CBS Television Center
7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90036
(213) 852-2345 TG 633 B-1
Lot parking

Culver Studios
9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232
(310) 836-5537 TG 672 H-1
Street & some coin metered parking

Dos Carlos Stages
1360 E. 6 Street, Los Angeles
(213) 629-5434 TG 634 H-6
Mateo & Alameda

Fox Television Center / KTTV
5746 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90028
(323) 856-1000 TG 593 G-5
Limited street parking – if approved by security,
lot parking – enter on Wilton Pl.

Glendale Studios
1239 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale 91205
(818) 550-6111 TG 564 E-7
Limited parking behind the studio or street

Hollywood Center Studios
1041 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood 90038
(323) 469-5000 TG 593 E-6
Lots A&B at Santa Monica/Steward or street

5515 Melrose Blvd., Los Angeles 90038
(323) 467-5459 TG 593 D-6

6121 Sunset Blvd. Bldg. 1, Hollywood 90028
(323) 460-3000 TG 593 F-4

915 N. LaBrea, Los Angeles 90038
(323) 851-1000 TG 593 D-6
KTLA-Channel 5
5842 Sunset Blvd. Bldg. 1, Hollywood 90028
(323) 460-5500 TG 593 G-4
Street or lot parking off Van Ness Ave.

Lindsey Studios
25241 Avenue Stanford, Valencia 91355
(805) 257-9292 TG 4550 C-1
Street parking only – posted limitations NBC Hollywood

Sunset/Gower Studios
1420 N. Beachwood Ave., Hollywood 90028
(323) 469-5000 TG 593 G-4
Approved lot or street parking on Sunset, Gower
or Gordon

3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank 91523
(818) 840-4444 TG 563 E-4
Limited lot parking off Bob Hope Drive or street

5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood 90038
(323) 956-5000 TG 593 G-6
Street parking or pay to park structures on
Gower/Melrose or lot on Van Ness

Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood 90004
(323) 466-3111 TG 593 G-7
Street parking or park in the structures on Van
Ness & Melrose

Ren Mar Studios
846 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood 90038
(323) 463-0808 TG 593 F-6
Street parking or assigned lot per show

Santa Clarita Studios
25135 Anza Drive, Valencia 91355
(805) 294-2000 TG 4550 D-1
Street parking unless permitted to park on top of

Sony Studios
10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232
(310) 244-4000 TG 672 F-2
Parking structure on Overland/Washington

Sunset & Gower Studios
1438 N. Gower Street, Hollywood 90028
(323) 467-1001 TG 593 G-4/5
Street parking-if pre-approved structure B or lot
parking (both located on Gower street)

Warner Bros. Studios
4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank 91522
(818) 954-6000 TG 563 D-4
Gate 8 on Forest Lawn Drive

April 6, 2011

SAG Members: An Update from the Presidents' Forum for One Union

An Update from the Presidents’ Forum for One Union

The Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Presidents’ Forum for One Union met on April 2 and 3, 2011, in New York City.

The meeting resulted in meaningful progress toward the goal of uniting SAG and AFTRA. Representatives of both unions unanimously approved draft resolutions for consideration by the unions’ respective National Boards of Directors. The recommendations include a draft mission statement for the successor union and the appointment of formal groups to work on a proposed meeting schedule to develop a merger plan.

The recommendations will be presented to the National Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild at its meeting April 30 and May 1, 2011 and to the AFTRA National Board of Directors at its meeting May 14, 2011.

The Presidents’ Forum also conducted a comprehensive review of member input received at “listening tour” meetings across the country. In every location, members have expressed overwhelming support for the creation of a unified national union representing actors, recording artists, broadcasters and other media professionals. This outreach will continue, with meetings in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., where Forum representatives will meet with members of AFTRA’s Broadcast Steering Committee. Meetings with elected leaders from areas not yet visited are currently being planned, along with additional meetings in Los Angeles and New York.

SAG President Ken Howard noted, “Each step we take together brings us closer to our crucial goal of becoming one union, and last weekend’s meeting was no exception. I look forward to sharing our work with the SAG-AFTRA Relations Task Force and, ultimately, the SAG National Board later this month.”

AFTRA President Roberta Reardon observed, “I am very proud of the strong partnership and clear vision that AFTRA and SAG members are forging together through this process. We have come a very long way in a short period of time, and I applaud each and every member who has participated in this exciting and important endeavor.”

The members of the Presidents’ Forum for One Union are encouraged by the results of their meeting and are pleased to share this information with you. Members will continue to receive regular updates regarding the progress of our work together to build one new successor union. For more information, SAG members may visit and AFTRA members may visit

March 4, 2011

It's been a while...

Go figure... we're busy working in the office! But if anyone has any topics they'd like me to focus on, let me know. ~M

Another Pilot Season Goes to AFTRA - from

Keep in mind, that not all of the pilots will be filming in LA. But if you're just SAG, pilot season will not really make an impact on you this year. (We've been saying this for a while!)