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CDs Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino Help Create the ‘Mad Men’ World

6 August 2012 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

For five seasons, casting directors Laura Schiff and Carrie Audino have been finding actors to populate the boardrooms and bedrooms of the 1960s advertising executives on AMC’s “Mad Men.” They have been nominated for Emmy Awards for every season, winning in 2010, and the duo also won an Artios Award in 2009.They recently spoke to Back Stage about working with the show’s creator Matt Weiner, avoiding celebrity stunt casting, and finding the perfect actor to play Don Draper’s new wife. You’ve been casting the show since its first season. Did you know right away it was something special?Laura Schiff: Oh yeah. I remember we were sent the pilot and I watched it first and said, “I’m dropping this off to you. You have to watch it. I don’t know if anyone will ever watch it, but we have to do this job.”Carrie Audino »

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5 NBC Pilots Sign Casting Directors

3 February 2012 7:47 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Five more NBC pilots have picked up casting directors, Back Stage has confirmed.Lynn Kressel and Kevin Kuffa will cast "Chicago Fire," a drama project from Universal Television and Wolf Films. Plot specifics are scarce, but the show will focus on a group of Chicago firefighters, and not the 1871 disaster (or the professional soccer team). The New York–based Kressel, who has cast all three "Law & Order" series, is temporarily relocating to Los Angeles to cast the pilot, which will then shoot in Chicago this spring.Another drama, "County," also from Universal Television, will be cast by Carrie Audino and Laura Schiff. The pilot, about a group of doctors and administrators who struggle to provide quality care at a drastically underfunded L.A. hospital, will shoot in mid March. Schiff/Audino also casts "AMC's "Mad Men" and the CW's "Nikita."The following three comedy pilots have also picked up casting directors: "Go On" and. »

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