Industry Pros

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October 2019

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Jodie Bentley

Producer/Teacher

Jodie has been educating actors for the past 12 years on branding, marketing and sales fundamentals by co-founding two bicoastal businesses, The Savvy Actor and Accelerated Artist. (more...)

Jodie Bentley is a producer, teacher and speaker. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting, she has been educating actors for 12+ years on branding, marketing and sales fundamentals. Former CEO of The Savvy Actor and Accelerated Artist, Jodie built the year-long business of acting program at Studio School in LA and was also an adjunct professor at Pace University, New York Film Academy and the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She wrote a book called The Savvy Actor Career Manual, which was the first ever business plan for an actor and was sold internationally. She's also created a best-selling program called Dare to Be Unstoppable which is the proven system to have your best ever that will be launching again in December 2019. Her new exclusive membership area for actor’s who want to level up,  The Actor’s Think  Tank, has upped the playing field with her 7 Steps to be a Working Actor. She has taught workshops at SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, Comicon, Comikaze and over 50+ universities and training programs.

Isabel Echeverry

Manager

Isabel Echeverry is the founder and manager of Kontakto Entertainment.  You can see her clients recur on shows like THE SINNER, DYNASTY, NARCOS, EAST LOS HIGH...  (more...)

Isabel Echeverry is the founder and manager of Kontakto Entertainment.  You can see her clients recur on shows like THE SINNER, DYNASTY, NARCOS, EAST LOS HIGH...  She started her career at ICM working with Jeff Berg and then moved to Reber Covington where she was a director’s rep working with A list talent. Recognizing the huge potential in the Hispanic market, Isabel created a Hispanic division at the company that quickly experienced enormous success. In 2009, Echeverry opened Kontakto Reps-the “go-to” company in the Hispanic advertising world.  Last year alone, clients of Kontakto Reps received a total of six Cannes Lions Awards. Under the new company, Isabel is focusing on the integration of film and advertising. Additionally, Echeverry also created a feature film, "BELLA”, which is currently in development and at one of the biggest talent agencies for packaging. The much-anticipated film will be produced under the Kontakto slate.

Gina Boyer

Casting Director

Gina has over 15 years experience in casting and tv and film production working on projects for notable directors like Jonathan Demme, Rob Reiner, Spike Lee, Peter Berg and Jake Scott.  (more...)

Gina Boyer has over 15 years experience in casting and tv and film production working on projects for notable directors like Jonathan Demme, Rob Reiner, Spike Lee, Peter Berg and Jake Scott. Currently, she is a Project Manager and Senior Casting Director at GENUINE: The Real People Company and recently launched her solo casting venture, Pinch Hitter Projects.

Darya Balyura

Casting Director

Currently an Associate Casting Director at Deedee Bradley's office as well as freelancing with other top offices and working on her own projects (more...)

Currently an Associate Casting Director at Deedee Bradley's office as well as freelancing with other top offices and working on her own projects such as short films, music videos, print etc. Recently, she worked on the Fox series THE RESIDENT.  She has worked on many different types of projects including the drama series SWITCHED AT BIRTH on the Freeform network for over 3 years. Her past projects include the feature film FREEZER with Dylan McDermott, VERONICA MARS the movie, ONE BIG HAPPY NBC comedy pilot, STITCHERS pilot, lifetime TV movie SEEDS OF YESTERDAY, and SYFY's BEING HUMAN TV series; as well as many other projects including commercials, extras casting and even reality TV. Darya is affiliated with the teamsters union and The Casting Society of America.

Jacob Gallagher

Manager

A talent manager for 13 years, Jacob Gallagher is Founding Partner and Owner of E85 Artist Management, (more...)

A talent manager for 13 years, Jacob Gallagher is Founding Partner and Owner of E85 Artist Management, representing primarily actors, along with selected writers, directors, comedians, producers, below-the-line-talent and other categories. Jacob founded E85 six years ago with Greg Strangis, and also heads his production company Colibrí Entertainment Partners, and All Scene Eye in the music industry. Past businesses have included HG5 Entertainment, Insomnia Media Group, and Drexel Box Productions.

2019 successes for Jacob’s roster include a client in Oscar-winning short film (and the eponymous Toronto and Tribeca FF debuted feature) Skin; Series Regular bookings for Showtime’s Work In Progress EPed by Lily Wachowski, as well as Crypt TV & Facebook Watch’s Stereoscope; client studio feature leads and major supportings Stuber opp Kumail Nanjiani, Little opp Issa Rae, Rampage opp Dwayne Johnson, Godzilla King of the Monsters opp Milly Bobby Brown, Against All Enemies opp Colm Meany, Torrance opp Ben Affleck; client Sundance feature leads and major supportings Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot opp Joaquin Phoenix, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, Flying Lotus’ Kuso, Janicza Bravo’s Lemon; Recurring Guest Star bookings on Mind Hunter, Family Reunion, Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s Stumptown pilot, FOX’s Filthy Rich, ABC’s Bless This Mess, Game Shakers, Adam Ruins Everything, HBO’s Ballers, etc. Jacob reps star of Seinfeld, Family Feud, and Dancing with the Stars-- John O’Hurley, as well as five-time Series Regular Mauricio Mendoza, three-time Series Regular Allie Gonino, Latin American celebrity Marlene Favela, and Jon Provost, who is best known for the character of Timmy on Lassie.

Meg Morman

Casting Director

Meg is half of the Morman Boling Casting office, along with Sunny Boling.  They met in the Feature Casting office of 20th Century Fox and have been out on their own since 2004. (more...)

Credits include the award winning films The Ballad of Lefty BrownI (starring Bill Pullman, Tommy Flanagan, Jim Caviezel, Peter Fonda, and Kathy Baker), Hello, My Name is Doris (starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Stephen Root, Tyne Daly), Natural Selection(starring Rachael Harris, Matt O’Leary and Jon Gries), I Believe in Unicorns (starring Peter Vack and Natalia Dyer), Take Me Home(starring Sam Jaeger, Victor Garber and Lin Shaye), Dear Lemon Lima (starring Melissa Leo, Beth Grant, Elaine Hendrix, Meaghan Jette Martin and Vanessa Marano), Magic Valley (starring Scott Glenn, Kyle Gallner, Alison Elliott, Brad William Henke, Johnny Lewis and Will Estes), and Mississippi Damned (starring Malcolm Goodwin, Tessa Thompson, DB Woodside and Malcolm David Kelley). Meg and Sunny also cast the hugely successful feature Waitress (starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines and Andy Griffith), which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  In addition, Steal Me and Me & You & Everyone We Know were both official selections of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; Me & You & Everyone We Know also went on to win the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision as well as the Golden Camera Award at Cannes.