Synopsis: Casting Panel discussion with Casting Society of America Casting Directors, Pam Dixon and Paul Weber.
Pam Dixon, CSA
Pam was hired by CBS Television as an intern and became Assistant to the VP of Casting. She went on to become Senior VP Talent at ABC Television. She left ABC to become a Production Vice President for Paramount Pictures. After Paramount, she was VP Series Development for Lorimar Television.
Several years later, Pam opened her own casting company. During this time, she has cast numerous features: Zorro, City Slickers, Baby Boom, The Craft, Tremors, Waterdance, Gosford Park, Angels in the Outfield, Barney’s Version and Goldeneye. She has worked with Robert Altman and Alan Rudolph.
She is currently casting films for directors Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis. She just recently completed casting on “Medieval” starring Ben Foster, “Possessor” directed by Brandon Cronenberg and “Best Sellers” directed by Lina Roessler.
Pam is a past President of CSA and a member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy. She is Vice-President of the Western Council of the Actors Fund and co-chairs The Media Access Awards. She has served as a mentor for the Easter Seal Disability Film Challenge and teaches at UCLA.
Paul Weber, CSA
As Former Executive In House Head of Television Casting and Feature Film Consultant for MGM Studios for 16 years, Paul Weber notably cast the wildly popular STARGATE franchise. Other TV credits include SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, OUTLANDER, DEAD LIKE ME, SHE SPIES, POLTERGEIST, and THE OUTER LIMITS. These series and others have garnered numerous honors including 21 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
For the big screen, Weber has advised on numerous MGM features including the blockbuster JAMES BOND franchise, FAME, ZOOKEEPER with Kevin James, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, RED DAWN with Chris Hemsworth, Joss Whedon’s CABIN IN THE WOODS, and ROBOCOP.
Weber is now a fully independent casting director and producer. In addition to a number of independent features, recent and on going credits include projects for STARZ, NETFLIX, A&E, DISCOVERY NETWORK, HULU, WGN, LIFETIME, HALLMARK, COMEDY CENTRAL and the CW. He is a casting consultant for several Canadian and American production companies, studios and networks, recently completing US Casting for “PURE”, the highly praised limited series for HULU/WGN, and the 1/2 hour comedy CRAWFORD for Comedy Central. BUCKOUT ROAD, a supernatural thriller which he cast and Exec produced, is being released theatrically, and a second feature, SAFE STORAGE is in pre production. Under his production banner, “One on the Way Productions”, Paul and his producing partners are engaged in developing and producing new media and independent feature projects.
Weber is a member of the Casting Society of America, the Writers Guild of America, has served on the Host Committee for the Annual Academy Awards and is a regular judge for the Emmy Awards. He is also a respected audition coach and teaches his Art of the Audition, Business of the Art Audition technique class worldwide, including a number of Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities. He was the first American Casting Director ever to be invited to teach a Master Class in South Africa and Cyprus. He also teaches and lectures extensively throughout Canada, Europe and Australia, recently returning from Barcelona, Berlin, Rome, Warsaw and Sydney, Australia, where he taught at the renowned Australian Institute of Performing Arts. His American University visits include USC, UCLA, the University of Texas, Austin, University of Virginia, Loyola Marymount College, University of Conn., University of Arizona, and Sante Fe College, Florida. He is also a regular teaching guest at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Paul was a recent guest speaker for the Rising Stars Program at the Toronto International Film Festival and also appeared on the prestigious SXSW Film Festival panel representing Film Casting Directors. Paul is currently working on a book for actors entitled “The Art of the Audition, the Business of the Art.”