Grammnet Productions and Akil Productions are gearing up to begin shooting season 8 of the CBS Television Studios hit BET comedy-drama series The Game in September.
Auditions for guest starring and recurring roles are being cast out of the Los Angeles casting office, with additional casting for day player roles being done in Atlanta where shooting takes place. The extras casting director has sent out a casting call for extras and featured background actors of all ages and types, to work throughout season 8 on an as-needed basis. Submission details are below for both extras and actors.
The Game follows the lives of professional football players on the San Diego Sabres and their significant others as they navigate fame, family and friends. This Girlfriends spinoff series originally aired on The CW, but was cancelled after three seasons in May, 2009. Then BET signed a deal with The Game’s parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series, and relocated taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta. In January 2011, the BET premiere for the fourth season attracted a record breaking 7.7 million viewers. When the sixth-season finale aired on September 3, 2013 it became the season’s No. 1 comedy series telecast on all of cable among women 18-49. Season 7 premiered on March 4, 2014 and has been another hugely successful run for BET. The network announced a renewal for season 8 on April 24, 2014.
Starring in The Game is nine-time NAACP Image Awards nominee Wendy Raquel Robinson playing the role of Tasha Mack, mother of football player Malik Wright, played by Image Awards nominee Hosea Chanchez; Coby Bell plays Jason Pitts, team captain and star wide receiver of the San Diego Sabres, while Grammy Award winner Brandy plays his wife Chardonnay Pitts; Black Movie Awards nominee Lauren London plays Keira Whitaker, a former child star actor struggling to transition into an adult star; Jay Ellis plays Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbrook; and Brittany Daniel rounds out the main cast playing the role of Kelly Pitts, Jason Pitts’ ex-wife.
The Game was created by Image Awards winner Mara Brock Akil, who is also executive producer and head writer. Her husband, Image Awards winner Salim Akil, also is executive producer and has directed the majority of episodes. The two also serve as showrunners. Three-time Image Awards nominee Kenny Smith Jr. executive produces along with Erica Montolfo-Buro and three-time Golden Globe Award winner Kelsey Grammer.
The Game Casting Call Details
Note: All actors and extras must be legally eligible to be employed in the entertainment industry in Atlanta, GA and in the United States. The information and resources regarding entertainment industry work permits, employment certificate for minors, and visa requirements can be obtained in the 2014 Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook, available for download here.
The local extras casting director in Atlanta is now accepting submissions for season 8 of the hugely popular BET television series The Game. This is for fully paid positions. Those chosen will work throughout the season from early September through late November, 2014. The following is needed:
[GENERAL EXTRAS] Males and Females, ages 18+, all looks and types. Any ethnicity.
[MODELS] Males and Females, ages 18+, model types. Any ethnicity.
[DANCERS] Females, ages 18+. Must be trained in any form of dance.
[EXPERIENCED FOOTBALL PLAYERS] Males, 18+, any ethnicity.
[ATHLETIC MALES] 18+, any ethnicity.
[FOOTBALL FANS] Males and Females, ages 18+, to portray fans of a professional football team.
[FOOTBALL TEAM STAFF] People who can play professional football team coaches, scouts, and media types.
[BARTENDERS/WAITERS/WAITRESSES] Males and Females, ages 18+, to portray bartenders and wait staff.
[CLUB PATRONS] Males and Females, ages 21+, Any ethnicity. To play high-end club patrons.
[BUSINESS EXECUTIVES] Males and Females, ages 25+, any ethnicity. To portray business types.
[AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWBORN BABIES] Female, up to 3 months old.
You MUST have a flexible schedule and be fully available for up to 12 hour filming days, possibly longer with no conflicts.
To be considered, please completely fill out the following online submission form:
For speaking roles, actors can submit a hardcopy headshot and resume to the following:
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
175 Lakewood Way SW
Build 4, RM 306
Atlanta, GA 30315
It is highly recommended that your 8×10 color headshot and resume be sent along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.
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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. If the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.
“Role of _______”
CASTING DIRECTOR NAME
CASTING DIRECTOR ADDRESS
CASTING DIRECTOR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE
Heather Hylton Bivens
887 West Marietta ST NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
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.
CBS Television Studios
4024 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604
2461 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
10250 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta
175 Lakewood Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
Mara Brock Akil
Kenny Smith Jr
Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director’s role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer(s) with creative control is called the showrunner(s) (in this case, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil).
Wendy Raquel Robinson – Tasha Mack
Hosea Chanchez – Malik Wright
Coby Bell – Jason Pitts
Brandy Norwood – Chardonnay Pitts
Lauren London – Keira Whitaker
Jay Ellis – Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbrook
A spin-off of “Girlfriends” featuring a group of women who all have relationships with professional football players.