The unsung role of casting director

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Guests: Pat Moran, Dianne Heery, and Richard Hicks

Actors, writers, directors, and cinematographers are the ones who are lauded for their work and credited for the success of a movie or television show, but it is the casting director who finds the best people to bring a screenplay to life. To boot, every single movie star on the screen owes much of their success to the casting director who spotted their star-quality, and decided that they deserved the role that eventually broke them into mainstream consciousness. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan is joined by PAT MORAN of Pat Moran and Associates in Baltimore, who was responsible for casting HBO’s “The Wire” and “Veep”, as well as the films “Lincoln”, “Wedding Crashers” and “Hairspray,” among others. We’re also joined by Philadelphia-based casting director, DIANE HEERY of Heery Casting, whose projects include the films of M. Night Shaymalan, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “National Treasure”. And, we’ll hear from RICHARD HICKS, casting director and president of the Casting Society of America.

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