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Looking to Hire Central Casting?

Central Casting has qualified experts with the knowledge and experience to help with every aspect of background casting and payroll. Need help figuring out the specifics of a large call? Have questions about SAG-AFTRA contracts? We’re here to answer all your background and payroll questions.

Which services do you require?

Background Casting
and Payroll

Background Casting
and Payroll

Nationwide Background
Payroll Only

Nationwide Background
Payroll Only

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Chris can help with all your background casting and payroll needs.

Chris can help with all your background payroll needs.

Chris Bustard, Director.

Chris Bustard

Los Angeles

Chris has more than two decades of entertainment industry experience. Before joining Central Casting in 2000, he worked in casting at 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Banyan Productions, Hopkins/Smith/Barden Casting, and freelanced as an independent Casting Director. Now, Chris brings his wealth of experience in casting movies and television as he serves as Vice President of Business Development at Central Casting Los Angeles.


George can help with all your background casting and payroll needs.

George can help with all your background payroll needs.

George Moss, Senior Manager.

George Moss

New York

George joined the management team at Central Casting in 2016 and has over 10 years experience in background casting, having worked in both London and New York. He has extensive knowledge of the casting process and Union guidelines and continues to lead the New York team through all of our casting and payroll services.


Adam can help with all your background casting and payroll needs.

Adam can help with all your background payroll needs.

Adam Hochfeld, Director.

Adam Hochfeld

Georgia / Louisiana

Adam brings more than 15 years of set knowledge and experience to his role as Vice President at Central Casting’s Georgia and Louisiana offices. He joined Central Casting Los Angeles in 2006, earning a reputation for personalized client service, establishing strong relationships with productions of the shows he cast, before relocating to manage the Georgia and Louisiana offices.


Why Central Casting?

Whether you need to fill a particular featured background role for a single scene, or a larger, specialized background call for an entire production, Central Casting can help you meet all of your essential background casting and payroll needs. Pulling from the largest and most diverse database of Background Actors, Central Casting provides personalized, boutique casting service with the kind of experience and professionalism only the leading background casting company can offer.

Working with Central Casting means working with Casting Directors who are renowned experts in the field – talented and dedicated professionals who are often called upon to teach Director’s Guild trainees and set the industry standard. Each project features a team of two dedicated Casting Directors, assuring individual and specialized attention from the most experienced casting staff in the industry.

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Central Casting’s TV division features a core group of career professional Casting Directors who have helped build the Central Casting of today. With the largest talent database at their fingertips and years of experience behind them, our dedicated TV staff can assist your company, signatory or not, in fulfilling all of your background needs. Budgeting assistance, contract issues and blanket minor permits are just a few of the specialized services we offer.


The Casting Directors in Central Casting’s Feature division combine their expertise in the field with the largest background database in the industry to achieve the exact look your film requires. From a special character interacting with the star to a large group of unique types filling a scene, our staff of experienced, passionate Casting Directors provides a personal level of service unmatched in the industry. And because your casting needs are not limited to 9-to-5, neither are we. Central’s Feature division delivers superior customer service from a dedicated team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


When it comes to background talent for commercials, Central Casting’s Commercial division is the preferred choice of major advertisers and production companies from across the country. Pulling from the same database used by Central’s Television and Feature division gives our Commercial staff more choices to meet the specific needs of commercial production.

Promos, Industrials and Print

SAG-AFTRA or non-union promos, industrials and print work are three other areas where Central Casting is proud to provide quality background talent. Contact us with your budget information and we will furnish you with an estimated cost based on your talent requirements.


Central Casting is the industry’s leading background payroll service. From creating vouchers to managing sick pay, Central Casting has payroll covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We offer efficient and accurate payroll management, including edits sent within 24 hours upon receipt of payroll, checks sent to talent the day after payroll is released, and an 800 number for talent to call to minimize direct calls to production. We also provide E-Verify services for states where it is mandated.

As a part of Entertainment Partners, we have all the resources and experience you need to make production simpler.

Central Casting’s SmartVoucher is a digital voucher built with production in mind and designed to meet the needs of your project. SmartVoucher fully integrates with our online casting platform, creating a seamless experience from the hiring of Background Actors to the receipt of paycheck. Your production can benefit from SmartVoucher by:

  • Automatically logging Background Actors’ hours and calculating pay
  • Saving time and improving accuracy by eliminating paper heavy payment processes
  • Simplifying review, approval, and submission from accounting to payroll
  • Seamlessly integrating with Central Casting’s industry-leading casting platform
  • Protecting PII with military-grade security and privacy protections
  • Having your payroll processed by the industry’s most trusted, experienced payroll provider

For more information, check out our SmartVoucher tutorials.

For additional details, pricing, or to request a demo, contact:

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  • Central Casting is an absolute dream to work with. It feels like we're a team and that makes my job so much easier. I never have to worry about the extras. Thank you all so much for everything you do, you can't imagine how much it helps, especially in the current environment. - Cat McFadyen, 2nd AD on New Amsterdam.
  • I've worked on shows that try to save a couple of bucks by not using Central and I've spoken up against it every time. When it comes to booking BG on productions, there's no other option for me. - Ryan Biel, 2nd 2nd AD on Bob Hearts Abishola.
  • The work that Central Casting delivered during a pandemic exceeded even my own very high expectations. A 2nd AD couldn't ask for harder working, more attentive partners. - James Feldman, 2nd AD on Younger.
  • Central Casting rarely sends anything but stellar Background Actors and Stand-Ins. I'm always glad to see Central Casting contact on any staff and crew list I'm on. - Chris Theabo, 2nd 2nd AD on iCarly.
  • An incredible job on a very hard show in impossible times. - Peter Donohue, 2nd AD on Pose.
  • Extras casting during the pandemic is extremely challenging. Thank you for all your hard work in making it possible. - Erik Olson, UPM on From Scratch.
  • There is no substitute for Central Casting. - Nick Schyler, 1st AD on All American
  • There is no other background casting company that comparesto Central Casting. They are incredibly detail oriented and always want to get you the best results. Excellent experience working with them and their casting directors every time. - Cassandra Santiago, 2nd AD on Being Frank.
  • Central Casting was great. Helped me keep on top of the other departments on my show to keep getting things done and approved. - Mark Brown, 2nd AD on Brockmire.
  • Central Casting was amazing and a pleasure to work with. - Keith Del Mar, Associate Producer on What Just Happened?
  • Central Casting has the most professional casting agents and the largest group of extras to choose from in Hollywood. I wouldn't think of working with any other agency. - Joe Stafford, 2nd AD on Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn.
  • No matter the time of day or night, no matter how short the notice or specific or unique the request, it's a great comfort to know the team at Central Casting is there to answer your call and fulfill your production needs. - Dennis Capps, 1st AD on Young and Hungry.
  • Central Casting has very friendly and accessible casting agents. - Adam Spilkoman, 2nd AD an Fuller House.
  • Central Casting does a great job. Very thorough and always strive to make the Producers and Directors happy. - Rob Roda, 1st AD on NCIS.
  • Every director I worked with on this project was truly impressed by the quality of Central's 18TLYs! - Marty Jedlicka, 1st AD on Speechless.
  • Central Casting does an amazing job and would love to have them on anv of my future projects. - Jody Spilkoman, 1st AD on Lethal Weapon.
  • I have had a wonderful experience with Central Casting almost across the board for more than two decades. It is abundantly clear that great dedication and creative thinking goes into the casting process when Central Casting is on the job! - Anne Marie Casados, Costume Supervisor on Disjointed.
  • Central Casting is a blessing for assistant directors. The casting directors did an amazing job last season with us at NCIS: LA - Alejandro Mora, 2nd AD on NCIS: Los Angeles.
  • It's the people that really make Central. Everyone I ever deal with at Central Casting makes our production ten times better with their caring and professionalism. - Jason Booth, 2nd AD on Elementary.
  • This Is Us is a tricky show with all the periods and locales. Central did great work creating the various worlds that our characters inhabit. Looking forward to season 2! - Richard Rosser, 1st AD on This is Us.
  • Thank you for providing wonderful engaging Casting Directors to work with, great Background Artists to perform, and the infrastructure to maintain this organization!!! - Jack Philbrick, UPM on Dice.

Our Team

Jennifer Bender, Executive Vice President.
Adam Hochfeld, Vice President.
Chris Bustard, Vice President.
Mandy Glasser, Vice President.
Richard Teague, Senior Director.
George Moss, Director.
Toni Avalos, Director.
Jeni Vargas, Senior Manager.
Layla Lazarov, Senior Manager.
Oliver Knight, Senior Manager.
Brittany Gischner, Manager.
Charles Busch, Manager.
Elana Staehli, Client Relations Manager.
Justin Mann, Manager.
Laura Strobl, Manager.
Sasha Lalanne, Associate Manager.
Adinah R., Senior Talent Relations Specialist.
Alex C., Casting Director.
Alexis V., Assistant.
Alyssa J., Casting Director.
Amanda J., Casting Director.
Annabeth M., Casting Director.
Andrew L., Casting Director.
Anne R., Casting Director.
Ashley F., Assistant.
Athenas A., Talent Relations Coordinator.
Beau D., Assistant.
Brandi H., Casting Director.
Brayden P., Assistant.
Breanna M., Assistant.
Brenda S., Assistant.
Caroline S., Assistant.
Celena R., Casting Director.
Christian P., Casting Director.
Claire B., Casting Director.
Corinne B., Assistant.
Courtney J., Executive Assistant.
Dave B., Website Manager.
David N., Assistant.
David V., Casting Director.
Deborah S., Assistant.
Erica W., Casting Director.
Greg R., Assistant.
Hayley B., Casting Director.
Jack S., Art Director.
Jacob P., Assistant.
Jason O., Assistant.
Jean-Claude C., Talent Onboarding Specialist.
Jeffrey W., Casting Director.
Jenny J., Casting Director.
Jessica M., Casting Director.
Jessica P., Casting Director.
Jessica P., Casting Director.
Jimmy M., Casting Director.
Johnny S., Night Staff Specialist.
Jordan R., Assistant.
Josh E., Casting Director.
Josh G., Casting Director.
Kainoa M., Assistant.
Kayleigh N., Assistant.
Keith R., Casting Director.
Kira R., Casting Director.
Kristan B., Casting Director.
Lavender R, Assistant.
Margaret B., Talent Onboarding Specialist.
Maria S., Casting Director.
Martha M., Human Resources Director.
Matthew D., Assistant.
MaryMargaret O., Casting Director.
Meghan D., Producer.
Melissa C., Casting Director.
Melissa M., Casting Director.
Nicole D., Casting Director.
Priscilla A., Talent Onboarding Specialist.
Rachel F., Talent Onboarding Specialist.
Rowena R., Talent Onboarding Specialist.
Ryan B., Assistant.
Sandy C., Assistant.
Sara T., Assistant.
Sara V., Casting Director.
Sean C., Night Staff Specialist.
Sehra W., Casting Director.
Selima S., Assistant.
Serena G., Assistant.
Shannon A., Casting Director.
Shirley C., Assistant.
Sierra P., Casting Director.
Sophia K., Casting Director.
Stefan M., Business Dev Assistant.
Stephanie A., Assistant.
Stephanie H., Casting Director.
Tatianna J., Assistant.
Taylor P., Casting Director.
Ty W., Assistant.
Waleed A., Casting Director.
Yancy E., Casting Director.
Zafirah A., Assistant.