NY Acting Markets: Television

When it comes to assessing the health of the television market for actors in New York, experts disagree. Brad Kenny, manager at Central Casting New York—which provides background talent for such series as the CW's "Gossip Girl" and NBC's long-running "Law & Order" franchise—is "definitely optimistic about the number of pilots and series being shot in New York City." But Geoffrey Soffer, who casts principal roles for ABC's "Ugly Betty," is not so sanguine. While he doesn't believe that TV and film production in the city is about to come to a grinding halt, Soffer notes that he has "definitely felt it slow down" recently. (Events have borne him out, as ABC recently announced the cancellation of the New York–shot "Ugly Betty.") He says pilot season in New York is unlikely to be "very eventful" this year: "I am not as optimistic that we will enjoy booming production like a few years ago.
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