Syfy signs ‘Lost’ director Jack Bender for pilot ‘Alphas’ and casting underway in Los Angeles


SyFy is currently in pre-production on a new 90 minute series pilot titled “Alphas” aka “Section 8”. The network has signed “Lost” director and executive producer Jack Bender as director/executive producer for the action-adventure pilot. The show follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills and take the law into their own hands.

Auditions and casting is taking place in Los Angeles for the starring and supporting roles. Filming will take place beginning July 12, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario and some principal actor casting and all of the extras will be cast there.

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

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

Principal Actor Casting (Los Angeles):

Jeanie Bacharach
Gillian O’Neill
Alphas Casting
800 S. Main Street
2nd Floor
Burbank, CA 91520

Extras Casting (Toronto):

Roisin McGilly
PO Box 154
Toronto ON M9A 4X2

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Universal Cable Productions
330 Bob Hope Drive
Burbank, CA 91523

Zac Penn’s Company
6260 W. Third Street
Suite 432
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2900 W. Olympic Blvd.
3rd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Producers: Jack Bender, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Zak Penn, Michael Karnow

Director: Jack Bender

Starring: Casting In Progress


When a witness is inexplicably murdered in a locked room at a federal courthouse, Section 8 (under the auspices of the National Security Agency) is put on the case. Lead by Dr. Leigh Rosen, the team has but one mandate – locate and assess the threats posed by “alphas,” human beings with enhanced abilities due to differences in their brain structure. Joining Rosen in his quest are four such alphas – Gary Bell, a highly functioning autistic with an ability to process information that rivals most computers; Bill Harken, a former FBI agent who can amp up his “fight or flight” reflex, giving him extraordinary strength for a brief period of time; Nina Theroux, a beautiful woman who can reprogram other people’s minds to do as she bids; and Rachel Myers, an orthodox Jew who can shatter glass with but a whisper. However with said powers comes a price – for Gary, autism which makes him a child for all intents and purposes; for Harken, severe anger issues that cost him his job and family; for Rachel, living life as a near mute and being forced to wear an electronic device against her larynx; and Nina, never really knowing how those close to her actually feel. In any case, they’ve all come together for the common good with Rosen as their mentor, teaching them to further control their abilities with each passing day. As for the courthouse murder, it’s not long before the team uncovers that one of their own kind was responsible – Christian Hicks, a former Marine sharpshooter with supernatural balance and aim (he guided the bullet through a ventilation duct). After bringing him in though, they realize someone even more powerful was pulling the strings… someone with a new technology that can be used to mimic one of the team’s gifts.