Hollywood’s Changing Diversity
A panel of industry professionals discuss diversity in Hollywood. How the landscape is changing, and why it’s so important for every actor to embrace and welcome these changes.
Beth Ryne is a Casting Associate with Bialy/Thomas & Associates Casting and has had the great fortune of working with some of the industry’s top casting directors including April Webster, Tiffany Little Canfield, Victoria Burrows & Scot Boland, Risa Bramon Garcia, and Jami Rudofsky. TV credits include DEAD TO ME, PROJECT BLUE BOOK, TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, ALTERED CARBON, AMERICAN GOTHIC, I’M DYING UP HERE, and MASTERS OF SEX. For the stage, she cast the west coast premiere of Ike Holter’s play HIT THE WALL and an ensemble production of SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: REVISITED, produced by Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin.
Caroline Liem is a casting director, audition coach and teacher based in Los Angeles. Before there was American Horror Story there was Popular, her first casting experience working with UDK and Ryan Murphy, and she was hooked. 20 years later she has cast studio features, independent films, television series and pilots for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios, Sony, Warner Bros, Nick Jr, ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW and Fox. Learning from some of the best in our industry led Caroline to Disney Studios’ casting department overseeing such projects as Gone In Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor and Gangs of New York. She served as head of casting for the award winning late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! and if you’re a gamer you may have enjoyed her contributions to Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry. Additional credits include X-Men 2 and Blade Trinity.
Caroline is a Backstage Expert contributing writer, one of Backstage’s 23 “Must Follow Casting Directors on Twitter”, a faculty member at Pace University and UT Austin as well as a master teacher at BGB Studios. She is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Emmys. She also serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Casting Society of America, where she is very active with their Diversity & Inclusion, Artist Development and Training & Education committees, developing strategies and practices to support, respect and appreciate the differences of artists in our audition rooms and on-set, as well as preparing the next generation of casting directors in our industry.
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Sarah Spillane is a multi-award winning Australian writer and director. Sarah grew up in Sydney, Australia, before relocating to London to work for the BBC, then Los Angeles in 2009 where she is now based.
In 2013, Sarah’s debut feature film, Around the Block (starring Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard, and Ruby Rose), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sarah won several awards for Around the Block including an Australian Directors Guild award, and Outstanding Achievement in Direction in 2014.
Sarah wrote the pilot, based on the crime thriller novel The Body Reader, by New York Times best selling author Anne Frasier, now in development with Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown of Bender Brown Productions.
Sarah’s episode Familial of the series – Shakespeare Now is in development with Margot Robbie’s company Lucky Chap, Hoodlum, and ABC Studios International.
Sarah currently has three feature films and a movie franchise in development: True Spirit, (producer Debra Martin Chase & Sunstar Entertainment currently in discussions with Netflix); No Fear in Love with Juno Temple attached; and femme film noir thriller NOLA for Judy Fox and Christophe Kay Kourdouly. Sarah is attached as writer and director to the best selling author Meg Cabot’s eight -book series The Mediator, currently being developed as a movie franchise.
Sarah is also developing and attached to direct a limited series with Warner Bros’ company, and Wall to Wall in London, based on the book Counting to Zero by AJ Quinn. Sarah has a second British-based series in development with Wall to Wall, an original psychological crime-thriller called Shadows.
Sarah created and co-wrote the original crime-drama series Rebel, for Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures. Rebel has been adapted and published as a graphic novel (overseen by Sarah), and is currently in its fifth edition.
Sarah started her career in television at the BBC in London, directing documentary, true crime, and dramatic reconstruction shows. Sarah has written and directed several projects for Australia’s National Indigenous Television network and has directed multiple commercials in Australia and the United States.