Archive for February, 2010


Chez Group March Workshops

Upcoming Classes or Workshops:

Chez Studio, founded by Shay Griffin, continues to offer professional training to actors, new and veteran. All of our instructors have extraordinary backgrounds and are committed to preparing the upcoming talent pool. Writers, producers, directors, actors, casting directors and industry leaders have followed Shay Griffin’s leadership to continue building a working force of actors in Georgia and the Southeast.
JASON L. WOOD, C.S.A. Casting Director and Producer Jason Wood began his career in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia working for award winning casting director, Shay Griffin. After gaining valuable experience and exposure, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion and continue his career. Arriving on the West coast, he settled in Hollywood and was soon recruited by Randy Stone, head of casting at Twentieth Century Fox Television to serve as a casting executive for the studio. During his time at 20th, the studio produced many memorable prime time television shows such as: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, The Practice, The Simpsons, Dharma & Greg and Ally McBeal. These shows are notable for their discoveries of breakout stars that went on to become household names. Wood was then hired as the Vice President of Talent and Casting for Peter Guber’s Mandalay Pictures Television. At Mandalay, Wood participated in the development of projects for television and new media and served as casting director on Rude Awakening, a Showtime series with Lynn Redgrave, Sherilynn Fenn and Tim Curry along with the Coca-Cola sponsored series Young Americans. This WB series marked the television debut of future stars Kate Bosworth, Kate Moenning, Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Monaghan. As an independent casting director, Wood has worked on projects for all major network and cable outlets, including the Emmy winning Monk on USA starring Tony Shalhoub and most recently the ABC pilot and series Samantha Who? earning a 2008 Emmy for Jean Smart and a nomination for Christina Applegate. Wood and his partner Tammara Billik received a 2008 Artios nomination for Outstanding Comedy Pilot Casting. They are currently casting a Lifetime miniseries “Maneater” starring Sarah Chalke. Not limited to television, Wood has also established himself in award winning features. He cast the 2005 Sundance Film Festival hit Quinceanera, which accomplished the rare feat of winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. He also cast 2007 Outfest HBO Audience Award winner Shelter, 2007 Toronto Film Festival hit Ping Pong Playa, and Pedro, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. Wood received a 2007 Artios nomination for Outstanding Feature Casting for Quinceanera and a win in 2008 for the feature Park starring Ricki Lake, Cheri Oteri and William Baldwin. He is currently casting Kent State, based on the 1970 shootings and Flicka 2 for Fox. In his spare time, Wood serves on the board of the Casting Society of America, and is a youth mentor with LifeWorks. He was recently featured on the cover of the Motion Picture Fund magazine highlighting his volunteer work with their elder programs and is an active fundraiser for various local charities.. He has also traveled extensively speaking about the casting and audition process. Additionally he has completed three marathons and is currently in training for his fourth as well at training for AIDS/Lifecyle 8, a 587-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
**Adult Workshop with Los Angeles Casting Director Jason Wood**
– we will have two dates for this workshop, you can choose Saturday March 13th or Sunday March 14th.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Payment Link for Adult workshop with Jason Wood: Please let us know which day you prefer SAT March 13th or Sun March 14th.

Matt Fletcher, the Director of the Youth Division at Greene & Associates Talent Agency, began his career in the entertainment business a decade ago. Matt specializes in developing and maintaining the careers of children and young adults. During his tenure Matt also spent sometime as a talent manager, before returning back to the talent agent business. You can currently see Matt’s clients on television series such as “Hannah Montana,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Sonny With A Chance” and “Brothers and Sisters” and new FOX hit “Glee”to name a few. Matt also currently has clients in numerous feature films including “17 Again,” “Astro Boy,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” the Disney Channel MOW “Camp Rock,” As well as upcoming features, “Grown Ups” and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit “Hesher” with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman. Matt holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky.
***Children’s Workshop with Matt Fletcher from Los Angeles***
– Saturday March 13th:
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
For children ages 7 to 12 years old.
Payment link for Children’s workshop:

***Teen Workshop with Matt Fletcher from Los Angeles***
– Sunday March 14th:
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
This workshop is for teens ages 13 to 17 years old
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Payment link for Teen Workshop:

All of these classes will be very limited, please call our office or send an email to reserve your seat today!
Please note: Once your payment is confirmed for the workshop it can not be refunded nor guarantee credit for another workshop. Each situation will be decided based on circumstances. If Chez Studios has the date of your workshop changed and you can not attend new dates fee will be refunded or credit as determined.


Kelsey in March!

Kelsey Edwars will be back in Atlanta in March, see this facebook link for details (you don’t have to be a facebook member to view it) –




SUNDAY, MARCH 7th 7:00pm
300 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

7 pm – Red Carpet Viewing and Networking
8 pm – Academy Awards Ceremony
FREE to attend – $5 entry ballot for Oscar Competition

Join Women in Film and Television Atlanta for the annual “Oscar Night Social & Viewing Party,” one of WIFTA’s best networking events of the year. It’s also a night of glamour in Atlanta, where you can choose to dress in your finest and walk the red carpet like your favorite stars.


Each year WIFTA members and guests look forward to celebrating the Academy Awards in style. For the second year in a row festivities will be held at STATS in downtown Atlanta. There will be a premium food menu designed especially for WIFTA and a high energy vibe. Not to mention drink specials and HD television screens throughout the venue, so you won’t miss a moment of the excitement!

Also a favorite event is WIFTA’s “Oscar Prediction Contest”. You can participate in the ballot competition for the chance to win an Oscar Night Prize!

Parking for STATS is directly across the street in a parking garage.
All food & beverages are individually ticketed


From the film incentives office, via GPP


Until February 17, 2010, loan-outs were able to request a waiver of the withholding requirements in Massachusetts; if granted, Massachusetts income tax did not need to be withheld in order to qualify the loan-out for the incentive. After February 17, 2010, the waiver will no longer be granted for motion picture productions, therefore Massachusetts withholding needs to be paid for all loan-outs; also, an agreement signed by payroll company, production company, and loan-out company authorizing the payroll deduction must be executed for each loan-out company.

The new incentives legislation in Virginia will provide a refundable tax credit, with $10 million available per year. The current draft will be revised.

The Iowa Attorney General has filed criminal charges against Tom Wheeler, the former director of the Iowa Film Office, plus two producers. Link:,0,2294751.story


TV Host Jodi Marks teaches teleprompter!

Creative Studios of Atlanta welcomes TV Host Jodi Marks from”Today Homeowner”, Turner Broadcasting and HGTV to teach a one of a kind 3-hour multiple teleprompter class.

Designed for the intermediate to advanced Actor wishing to evolve with their Teleprompter skills! Learn the following skills:
• Working with 2 Teleprompters at once.
• Walking and talking while addressing both. Teleprompters, individually, and continuously.
• Incorporating body movement and inflections all while reading Teleprompters.
• Techniques of pacing even during non stop action.
• Enhancing abilities to work with a Teleprompter on a more intense level.
• Each participant will perform with the Teleprompters while being videotaped.
• Each participant will receive feedback and an evaluation of their skills as well as suggestions for improving their Teleprompting proficiency.
About this one of a kind workshop!

When: Friday March 19 10am-1pm
Where: Creative Studios of Atlanta

Investment: $225

Requirements: You must be represented by a Talent Agent or have a reference from an established Acting School to attend.

To Register: Call 404-355-4588 or email

About Jodi Marks.

Currently, Jodi hosts the “Best New Products” segment on Today Homeowner with Danny Lipford and appears on camera with Danny in other areas of the show.

Jodi began her hosting career in television with HGTV’s well known show Fix It Up! and later branched out to Turner South’s Southern Home by Design and TBS’s The Man Made Movie. Prior to joining her current series, Jodi and co-host, Paul Wilson, collaborated in 2007 to create The Tile Doctor series. She also co-hosted The National Hardware show on HGTV.

Originally from Rome Georgia, Jodi got her start in 1995 when she was 1 of only 30 applicants accepted to the Royal National Theatre in London England. While there, she studied under Richard Eyre, Fiona Shaw and the Tony Award winner and Oscar nominated actress Janet McTeer.
Be sure to check out her website, to see what Jodi’s up to next!


Atlanta Girl Magazine is partnering with Bloomingdale’s during their must attend Prom event!

Atlanta Girl Magazine is partnering with Bloomingdale’s during their must attend Prom event!

See the website for all the fantastic things Bloomingdale’s is offering, wait until you read what we’re offering:

First, all attendees get to (for the first time) finally subscribe to the long awaited Atlanta Girl Magazine at this event.

Secondly, 2 lucky girls will receive the chance to win a photo shoot and be featured in Atlanta Girl Magazine with the purchase of your 1 year subscription!

Wait! There’s more. The first 5 girls that come to our table get a free subscription to Atlanta Girl Magazine for 1 year.

Whatever you do don’t miss this fantastic event in
Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Mall !

Contact Atlanta Girl Magazine for further info!


Industry Night for Mulan at the Alliance

This Sunday at 1pm is our Industry Night for Mulan. With promo code INDUSTRY, tickets are only $10.

Enjoy the magic of Rosemary’s beautiful production at a price that’s right for anyone’s wallet.
Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-733-5000 (single ticket sales)

Alliance Theatre – Recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award®