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June 2020

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Kimberly Graham

Casting Director

Kimberly Graham, CSA, has years of experience casting feature films, TV projects, commercials and theater. (more...)

Kimberly Graham, CSA, has years of experience casting feature films, TV projects, commercials and theater.  Kimberly is formerly the associate casting director working with Judy Henderson on the Emmy Award winning Showtime series HOMELAND.  Recent credits include films THE REUNION, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, NOT THE SAME, LOVE IN KILNERRY, THE HEALING OF HARMON, BLACK HAT, and the play ESCAPE for the NY Fringe Festival.  Also, she cast for the Serbian TV series MUD ON THE TIRES, and the reading of the film POLLY FREED by Brook Berman, starring Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse and Alysia Reiner.


 

 

Tina Randolph Contogenis

Agent

Tina Randolph Contogenis has been in the industry for over 25 years.  After graduating with a degree in film, (more...)

Tina Randolph Contogenis has been in the industry for over 25 years.  After graduating with a degree in film, Tina worked in production for several years before jumping into talent management.  She became an agent 5 years ago and recently opened her own agency.  Tina  works with many talent appearing on TV shows, films, and more including Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Christian DeLaFuente (Devious Maids),Tristan Leabu (Young and the Restless), Carrie Schroeder (I am Frankie), Miya Cech (The Darkest Minds), and many more. 

Jami Rudofsky

Casting Director

As a Casting Director for over 20 years, Jami has cast film, television, and digital series - most notably (more...)

As a Casting Director for over 20 years, Jami has cast film, television, and digital series - most notably Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life. In addition,

having a deep love and background in theatre, Jami also casts plays all over Los Angeles, and is the resident Casting Director for the multi award winning Celebration Theatre. 


As a teacher, Jami approaches her work with actors with compassion and deep respect. She strives to foster in her students a greater ability to trust their work, win roles, and most importantly book the room. 


Most people say Jami’s energetic vibe is “SO New York”, but she’s actually from Denver, CO. She made her way to LA for college, and after receiving a BFA from UCLA she dove into casting and has not looked back.

Richard Jordan

Casting Director

Richard casts from both NYC and LA. (more...)

Richard has been in the business for 25 years and been casting for the last decade out of New York,  recently expanding his business to include clients in LA. He is known for casting up-and-coming actors and giving chances to those underexposed & underrepresented. He cast a wide variety of projects from independant film, commercials, music videos, voice over, print & live events. Recent commercial clients include British Airways, Victoria beer,  Minute Maid, Bud Light, ADIDAS, & Nectar Mattress which won a Webby award for YouTube ad of the year. New music videos for The All American Rejects (Nominated  for British Video Music Awards), Norah Jones, D.R.A.M,  several  independent films on the festival circuit this year including SXSW, TriBeCa Film fest  and 3 pilots.
In addition to Richard's casting he produces on occasion branded content and if that's not enough he teaches the business of acting, gives talks, lectures and judges competitions. He's been a judge or speaker for several film festivals including the New Orleans Film Festival, Santa Fe Independant Film Festival, Winter Film Awards...etc. He’s also the head booker of entertainment at Queens Brewery which includes a weekly stand up comedy show he produces. 

Harley Kaplan

Casting Director

Harley Kaplan is a co-founder and casting director with Powers/Kaplan Casting, a bi-coastal casting office that specializes in (more...)

Harley Kaplan is a co-founder and casting director with Powers/Kaplan Casting, a bi-coastal casting office that specializes in independent film. Current and upcoming projects include SILENT NOTES, THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY, THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU BLESSED, THE GLASS CAGE, EMPATHY INC, BUCK RUN, BENJI THE DOVE, NEW MONEY, NOBLE EARTH, RIVER OF DARK PURPLE, SWING AWAY, ONE PENNY,  the television series ALL HAIL BETH and THE REVIEW REVIEW, and the television pilots BENNIE'S, IN REALITY, and COUCH CRASHERS. Harley began his career as a production trainee at Fox Television before moving on to various positions at New Line Cinema.  He started out in casting with the legendary office of Hopkins/Smith/Barden, where he worked as a casting assistant on movies such as BOYS DON'T CRY, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, and SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, as well as HBO's television series SEX AND THE CITY. He later served as associate with PalmStar and S2 Entertainment on an array of films, including JACK AND DIANE, FOR ELLEN, GUN HILL ROAD, UNION SQUARE, SILVER TONGUES, and THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE. Since forming Powers/Kaplan in 2010, Harley has cast the award-winning BLUE RUIN and THE COMEDY, as well as MAMAROSH, THE SECTOR, THE TELL-TALE HEART, and promotional campaigns for SONY, RANDOM HOUSE, ANCESTRY.COM, EF LANGUAGE SCHOOLS, CAROLINA HERRERA, PSE&G, ALEXA, KEIO UNIVERSITY, and PURISTICS. Harley has also written and produced short films and executive-produced the features BUCK RUN, DEATH4TOLD, and TEMPTATION.

Zora DeHorter

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Zora is a Nigerian born, British raised, Hollywood independent/freelance film, television and commercial CASTING DIRECTOR as well as (more...)

Zora is a Nigerian born, British raised, Hollywood independent/freelance film, television and commercial CASTING DIRECTOR as well as a CBS TV Judge. Zora is an active member of the prestigious “Casting Society of America”.

She has cast such films as Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Ali G InDa House” (2002), “Species III” (2004), “Loving Annabelle” (2006) which won 10 awards including L.A. Outfest, Atlanta Film Festival, Paris Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival; “Half-Life” won emerging director award (Jennifer Phang) at the Asian American Film Festival in 2008 as well as best feature Gen Art Film Festival in 2008, then in 2009 won jury award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. She followed that with “Sushi Girl” (2012) in which she cast Danny Trejo, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Tony Todd, Jeff Fahey.

From 2002-2004 Zora worked in-house for MGM Television casting TV series “She Spies”, “Dead Like Me” and “Jeremiah”. She got to work with MGM again at the end of 2014 as a casting consultant on an MGM feature film entitled “Max”.

End of 2014 Zora cast a pragmatic gritty urban tale about Latino gangs set in East Los Angeles called “I Am Gangster”. This film proved to be a challenging yet gratifying experience casting sixty-six speaking roles predominately of Mexican descent mostly under the age of 18. Then she finished off the year with a martial arts themed feature “Insight” starring John Savage, Tony Todd and Keith David.

In 2015 Zora had a wonderful experience working with Sean Stone (Oliver Stone’s son) on ‘Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece” and worked again with award-winning director Katherine Brooks (“Loving Annabelle”) to cast her follow-up feature attaching Jill Hennessey to play the lead in “Lost In Time”.

Zora also just completed six features “What is and What Should Never Be” starring Nichelle Nichols, “Red Sneakers” starring Adrian Paul and Erica Gimpel, “Nana’s Pancakes” starring Vivica A. Fox and “Michael Vey” based on the Michael Vey books by Richard Paul Evans about a group of young teenagers who have special powers since birth that hold the fate of the world in their hands. “Closure” starring Shameik Moore and Cleopatra Coleman. Then “Trees of Peace” - a feature based on true accounts of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Working with director McKay Daines, Zora cast predominantly true Native-American actors for the MOW “Shadow Wolves” about real accounts of Native-Americans who work side by side NSA to infiltrate border crimes. “Shadow Wolves” stars Thomas Gibson, Graham Greene, Louise Lombard and Cody Walker.

In front of the camera, Zora was the protagonist in the 2005 award-winning documentary by director Veit Helmer entitled “Behind the Couch: Casting in Hollywood”. In 2019, Zora was again on-camera as an ‘EXPERT JUDGE in Casting’ for CBS TV series “The World’s Best” with host James Cordon and American judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul.

Zora has also made a name for herself as an ACTING/AUDITION COACH. She coaches actors as they prepare for auditions. Her clients have included Wale [rapper], Neil Dickson, Bert Belasco, Hannah Cowley, Oliver Trevena, Darren Darnborough, Terence Beesley, Samuel Caruana, Laura Vandervoort, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Rodney Charles, Tony Okungbowa, to name a few! Before that she was a resident acting teacher at Talent Ventures Inc. (TVI Actors Studios) for eight years teaching “cold reading mastery”.

Kimberly Taylor

Agent

Kimberly Taylor has built relationships with casting directors in the Southeast as well as LA and NY. Her main focus is to help get her clients work in the SE market. She is instrumental in helping her clients find representation when they are ready to work (more...)


Kimberly Taylor has built relationships with casting directors in the Southeast as well as LA and NY. Her main focus is to help get her clients work in the SE market. She is instrumental in helping her clients find representation when they are ready to work in a larger market. Kimberly also shares clients who want to work bicoastal with LA and NY agencies. Kimberly was a successful talent manager in LA (a member of the TMA) she has built many relationships with casting and agents in LA. 


Kimberly is also a writer and director and has been having success on the festival circuit with her latest horror film "F5 Teraphobia" which features many of her clients as well as other agencies talent throughout the SE. She is very active in the indie world and enjoys creating original content and is currently working on a second feature film, as well as a tv series based on social media and teen suicide. Kimberly understands actors and their journey and not only is an agent to her clients but also helps manage their careers by being very hands on with helping them with their materials, free audition coaching, press, social media etc. She feels each one is truly more than just an actor but a friend and a part of the KTA Family!  KTA has a small roster of all working actors and this has been the business model that Kimberly wants to keep. Being a part of the KTA Talent Group is being a part of an elite roster of talent and longterm relationships is the goal!


She started her career in the business over 30 years ago as a commercial actress and print model for Miller Models in NY. She then left the business for a sales career and worked in management positions for Fortune 500 companies: Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Warner Lambert-Adams USA, RJ Reynolds as well as owning her own businesses. She later began managing her son Jake Austin Walker ("Jared Talbot" on the award winning series RECTIFY for Sundance, "Alex" on FB Watch series "Five Points")  and due to his success as a series regular on network tv as well as film leads, many actors began asking her to manage them.



Melanie Forchetti

Casting Director

She is an award-winning Casting Director who has cast over a thousand films, television shows and commercials. (more...)

She is an award-winning Casting Director who has cast over a thousand films, television shows and commercials. She is the former Head of Casting for Mike Lemon Casting. Networks she has cast for include Netflix, Amazon, CNN, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, MTV, VH1 and many others.     

Melanie graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. She then started her own production company producing feature films, documentaries, and commercials in New York. In Los Angeles, she worked in business affairs at the talent agency Writers & Artists and then went on to work at The Firm, a celebrity management company.