Local casting has not yet begun in earnest for the upcoming flood of TV series that will start shooting here shortly, but that doesn’t mean talent agencies and casting companies haven’t been busy. Case in point: agents Kelly Wilkening and Brooke Tonneman’s Big Mouth Talent agency.
Their 14-year old client, Sean Giambrone, was tapped for a starring role on a new ABC family sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” that will air during the 2013-2014 season.
“The Goldbergs” is based upon writer/producer Adam Goldberg’s experiences growing up in the ‘80s in New Jersey with dysfunctional parents and eccentric siblings. Giambrone plays the part of geeky, 11-year old Adam, the “normal one” in the family, who uses a video camera to capture all the craziness.
Jeff Garland stars as father Murray, Wendi McLendon-Covey as mother Beverly, George Segal as grandfather “Pops” Solomon; Hayley Orrantia is sister Erica and Tony Gentile is brother Barry. “Sean is the only non-Hollywood actor in the cast,” says a “super excited” Wilkening,
Giambrone of Park Ridge auditioned for the part through Big Mouth, and CESD, the L.A. agency Big Mouth arranged to represent him. His L.A. manager is Schacter Entertainment.
Giambrone has been an exclusive Big Mouth client since he was six years old and Wilkening calls him “a natural acting talent.”
Giambrone, his parents and his older brother will live in L.A. throughout the six month shoot. The family will leave for L.A. in late July; the show starts shooting in August.
Through Big Mouth and Naked Voices, the young star recently won a major voiceover part in Cartoon Network’s new original animated series, “Clarence.”
Last year, he Giambrone had a featured role in “I Heart Shakey,” DeAnna and Kevin Cooper’s indie family feature and has also appeared in national and local commercials.
Big Mouth talent booked on new series
Big Mouth is just starting to book talent for some of the many TV shows slated to shoot here this summer and fall. So far, they set two actors for recurring roles on NBC’s “Crisis:” Rebecca Spence (“Boss”) as lead actor Dermot Mulroney’s ex-wife and young adult Brandon Ruiter as Luke Putman, one of the kids who is kidnapped.
Rebecca Spence is also set for a recurring role in ABC’s “Betrayal.”
The 14-year old agency, founded by Brooke Tonneman in 1999, who brought in agent Kelly McLaughlin Wilkening as a partner in 2005, has an exclusive client roster of 150 adults and 120 children. The agency recently added a voiceover division with 40 voice specialists signed to date.