Monday, June 17, 2024

Six Hollywood Casting Directors Receive Death Threats


Backstage, the theatrical publication, reports today that six Hollywood casting directors received death threats on November 7th.

It’s unclear whether the death threats have any connection at all to the murder early Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills of beloved publicist Ronni Chasen.

The report says that five casting directors, all at studios, received the death threats by phone. Their union rep was immediately notified, and he put out a industry wide notice immediately asking for any other instances. A sixth casting director reported a similar threat. The local police were informed immediately.

Memorials for Chasen are being organized right now. One occurred last night at the Four Seasons hotel in West Hollywood. Another is being planned for tonight in New York.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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