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Los Angeles Casting Workshops Violate Krekorian Act

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against 25 people who own, operate or work with five casting workshop companies, alleging that they have violated the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act by requiring actors to pay illegal fees in exchange for auditions.

California’s Krekorian Act makes it a misdemeanor for casting workshops to charge for auditions or other employment opportunities.

The companies allegedly charged actors to perform in front of a casting director or their staff members under the guise of an educational experience. Fees for such workshops typically range from $50 to $150 per session.

Several well-known casting workshop companies were named in the investigation, including Actors’ Ally, The Actors Link, The Actor’s Key, Your Studio Productions and The Casting Network. (The Actors Link is now known as Ace Studios.)

Several of the casting professionals had big names on their résumés, including American Horror Story, Castle, Criminal Minds and The Big Bang Theory. See below the credits of some of the more prominent casting professionals who were indicted.

Actors Alley

Ty Harman

·      Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
·      The Real O’Neals (2016-2017)
·      School of Rock (2016)
·      K.C. Undercover (2016)
·      Liv and Maddie (2013-2014)
·      Shake It Up! (2012-2013)
·      The Game (2007-2009)
·      Girlfriends (2007-2008)

Lindsay Chag

·      Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
·      Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
·      Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1990)

The Actors Link

Scott David

·      Criminal Minds (2005-2016)
·      Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
·      2012 (2009)
·      Leverage (2008-2010)
·      Nash Bridges (1996)

Michele Seamon

·      Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
·      Fresh Off the Boat (2015)

Alexa Pereira

·      New Girl (2016)
·      Adventures in Babysitting (2016)
·      One Big Happy (2015)

Rebecca “Becky” Silverman

·      Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2014-2015)
·      American Horror Story (2014-2015)
·      Just Go With It (2011)
·      Without a Trace (2004-2009)
·      Criminal Minds (2010-2017)
·      Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
·      Rizzoli & Isles (2015)

The Actor’s Key
Actor’s Key, LLC

Ricki Maslar

·      Dahmer (2002)
·      Brother to Brother (2004)
·      The Bronx Bull (2016)

Nancy Foy

·      Jumanji (1995)
·      Jurassic Park III (2001)
·      Blade II (2002)
·      Doctor Dolittle (1998)
·      Let’s Be Cops (2014)
·      Ladder 49 (2004)
·      Hidalgo (2004)
·      October Sky (1999)
·      Flubber (1997)
·      Paper Towns (2015)

Studio Productions
Live2Act, LLC

Darya Balyura

·      Switched at Birth (2013-2017)
·      Veronica Mars (2014)
·      Being Human (2013)
·      Bob’s Burgers (2012)
·      iCarly (2007-2008)
·      Transformers (2007)

Amy Cohen

·      Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor (2013-2015)
·      Everybody Hate Chris (2005-2006)
·      The Apprentice (2004)

Kimberly Ehrlich

·      Grown Ups (2010)
·      All My Children (2006-2007)
·      Poltergeist (2015)
·      Madam Secretary (2014-2015)
·      Mistresses (2013-2014)
·      Reign (2013-2014)

Rachel Rose Oginsky

·      Suits (2011-2014)
·      The Bold and the Beautiful (2016-2017)
·      Masters of Sex (2015)
·      Scream Queens (2015)

Peter Pappas

·      Two and a Half Men (2004-2015)
·      The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013)
·      Mom (2013-2017)
·      The Big Bang Theory (2006-2008)
·      Mike & Molly (2010-2011)
·      7th Heaven (2007)
·      I Didn’t Do It (2014-2015)

The Casting Network
Wintyme, LLC

Eddie Jaszek

·      Castle (2016)
·      Poltergeist (2015)
·      Bones (2010)

Miriam Hoffman

·      Ghost of Girlfriends Past (2009)
·      The Millers (2013-2015)
·      Lincoln Heights (2007-2008)
·      Night at the Museum (2006)
·      The O.C. (2006)

Srourian Law Firm is investigating a potential civil class action lawsuit against offenders of the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. Individuals who were scammed are entitled to receive back three times the amount they paid to offenders for “educational” or “workshop” classes, a guise to cover up the “pay to play” scheme. Individuals are also entitled to receive their attorney’s fees.

If you or anyone you know took a class or workshop within the last year at Actors Alley, The Actors Link, The Actor’s Key, Studio Productions, or The Casting Network, contact Srourian Law Firm to discuss your rights.


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