Saturday, July 20, 2024

Orange Is the New Cheap as Casting Director Warns Talent Agents About Actors’ Fees

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We do know that “Orange is the New Black” is a huge hit. We don’t know how big, though, because Netflix doesn’t release ratings. Suffice to say that when the new season was released recently, Netflix almost exploded from too many people trying to watch the new episodes at the same time.

So it’s all the more surprising that an odd warning was sent out to talent agents recently by casting director Jennifer Euston. She’s casting for the 4th season.

It read– and in all CAPS– I’m told:
ALL OF THE ROLES BELOW ARE SCALE +10%. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE MORE THAT THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PAYING. IT’S NOT A JUMPING OFF POINT AND I’M NOT PUTTING IT ON HERE FOR FUN. SO PLEASE, DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR CLIENT IF THEY WILL NOT WORK FOR SCALE OR IF YOU WON’T LET
THEM WORK FOR SCALE. IT’S A WASTE OF EVERYONE’S TIME.
ALSO, AS ALWAYS, ONLY NY LOCAL HIRES.

Please tell Ms. Euston that I am still available, even for these wages. Maybe the ladies new a new lawyer to get them out of jail!

Season 4, with some new characters, debuts a year from now.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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