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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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Crew Payroll

You’re looking for background casting and payroll services.

Where is your production shooting?

Los Angeles Los Angeles    |   

New York New York    |   

Georgia Georgia    |   

Louisiana Louisiana

You’re looking for nationwide background payroll only services.

Where is your production shooting?

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 accurrate 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 between 9am-6pm CT to minimize calls to production. We 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.

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  • All American
  • Being Frank
  • Brockmire
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  • This is Us
  • Dice

Casting Directors

Our talented Casting Directors are the industry’s leading experts in background casting.

Los Angeles

New York



Elana Staehli, Manager
Justin Mann, Manager
Andrew M., Casting Director
Claire B., Casting Director
Erica E., Casting Director
Jimmy M., Casting Director
Josh E., Casting Director
Kate C., Casting Director
Kristan B., Casting Director
Lauren P., Casting Director
Miguel L., Casting Director
Sara V., Casting Director
Shannon A., Casting Director
Shelby S., Casting Director
Stevie M., Casting Director
Waleed A., Casting Director
Amanda P., Assistant
Celena S., Assistant
Chelsea D., Assistant
Colleen T., Assistant
Dawaelyne J., Assistant
Dayanara R., Assistant
Ethan G., Assistant
Erica W., Assistant
Hayley B., Assistant
Jessica P., Assistant
Katherine J., Assistant
Lauren B., Assistant
Shelly F., Assistant
Sophia K., Assistant
Brittany G., Manager
Alex C., Casting Director
Andrew B., Casting Director
Anne R., Casting Director
Gabbie A., Casting Director
Genevieve M., Casting Director
Jeffrey W., Casting Director
Melissa M., Casting Director
Yancy E., Casting Director
Abby S., Assistant
Danielle M., Assistant
Jack N., Assistant
Keith R., Assistant
Kyle B., Assistant
Lauren A., Assistant
Nicole K., Assistant
River M., Assistant
Toni Avalos, Senior Manager
Alyssa J., Casting Director
Brandi H., Casting Director
Chana K., Casting Director
Elizabeth J., Casting Director
Jessica M., Assistant
Mary H., Manager
Blossom P., Casting Director
Celena R., Assistant

Los Angeles

New York