Lifetime Television casting calls for new series pilot ‘The Witches of East End’

The Witches of East End Auditions Casting Call

“The Witches of East End” is filming in North Carolina beginning October 17, 2012.
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Fox 21 and 3 Arts Entertainment are getting ready to begin shooting the new one-hour series pilot episode of “The Witches of East End” for Lifetime Television, and auditions are underway in Los Angeles, New York, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The extras casting director is also accepting submissions from all types and ages of people interested in working as fully paid background performers. The movie is based on the best-selling novel series “The Beauchamp Family” by Melissa de la Cruz. Filming begins on October 17, 2012 in Wilmington and Western North Carolina.

The cast includes Primetime Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond as Joanna Beauchamp, the family matriarch who has been hiding a secret from her two daughters – that they are a family of immortal witches. Teen Choice Award winner Jenna Dewan-Tatum plays the older daughter Freya, who is more the wild one of the two. Former Miss Tennessee Teen USA Rachel Boston portrays the more conservative daughter Ingrid. Juilliard School graduate Patrick Heusinger plays Freya’s fiancee and millionaire philanthropist Dash Gardiner. Newcomer Daniel DiTomasso has been cast as Freya’s handsome future brother-in-law Killian Gardiner.

Mark Waters will direct the pilot episode from a script written by Maggie Friedman. Waters has directed such films as “Freaky Friday” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, “Mean Girls” starring Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan, “Just Like Heaven” starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” starring Jim Carrey, and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Maggie Friedman was also executive producer and writer for the ABC series “Eastwick”.

In addition to writing the teleplay for “The Witches of East End,” Maggie Friedman is also serving as executive producer along with Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts Entertainment. 3 Arts is the production company behind the films “I Am Legend,” “Street Kings,” and “Water for Elephants” among others. Fox 21, which is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox Television, is also producing. Fox 21 recently closed a deal to produce Renee Zellweger’s “Cinnamon Girl” TV pilot for Lifetime, with a budget around $6 million, which is the highest cost ever for a basic cable pilot.

Extras Casting Details

The extras casting director for “The Witches of East End” in North Carolina is seeking people who are interested in working on the project as paid background performers. All ages and types are needed. There is also a special need for men and women dressed in upscale clothing for a scene that will shoot in the western part of the state. If you are located in Western North Carolina and would like to be considered, submit the following as ASAP:

• Name and contact information
• Two current color photos (one full-length body shot and one head shot)
• Height, weight and measurements
• Ethnicity, age and gender and age

Email the above to:

[email protected]

Make sure your photo is clear and in-focus, you should be the only person in the photo, and don’t wear any hats or sunglasses.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of North Carolina and in the United States.

The North Carolina Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in North Carolina and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• North Carolina Child Performer Labor Law Information
• North Carolina Youth Employment Certificate Instructions
• North Carolina Youth Approval To Work Late Hours Form
• North Carolina Minor Intention To Employ Form
• North Carolina Dept. of Labor Rules and Regulations Relative to Employment of Children under 16 Years of Age.
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• Links for Child Labor Information

In addition to the following North Carolina Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• North Carolina Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Extras Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Talent Agents List
• North Carolina Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• North Carolina Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Miscellaneous North Carolina Resources
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• General Talent Agent Information
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guide

The Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Liz Dean
4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Suite 301
Valley Village, CA 91607

New York:

Julie Tucker
Ross Meyerson
c/o Apostle
568 Broadway
Suite 301
New York, NY  10012

North Carolina:

Craig Fincannon
Fincannon & Associates, Inc.
1560 Point Harbor Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Extras Casting

North Carolina:

Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
P.O. Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

3 Arts Entertainment, Inc.
9460 Wilshire Blvd.
7th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Fox 21
1847 Centenila Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Lifetime Television
2049 Century Park E
Suite 840
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Producers: Maggie Friedman, Erwin Stoff

Director: Mark Waters


Julia Ormond – Joanna Beauchamp
Jenna Dewan-Tatum – Freya Beauchamp
Rachel Boston – Ingrid Beauchamp
Patrick Heusinger – Dash Gardiner
Daniel DiTomasso – Killian Gardiner


Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters — both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches — who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of North Hampton. Temperamentally opposite sisters Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston) Beauchamp are living happy, normal lives. Freya is about to marry millionaire philanthropist Dash Gardiner (Patrick Heusinger), while Ingrid leads a quiet and uneventful life as a local librarian. Both are very close to their mother, Joanna (Julia Ormond), and both are unaware that Joanna is hiding a shocking secret from them. They are both witches, and Joanna is shielding them from their true natures in hopes of averting a dire fate for them. But Joanna’s carefully kept secret just may backfire on the sisters, who are little prepared for the extraordinary new reality into which they are suddenly and dangerously plunged.