Seaton, Simon are GlobalMixx ‘Game Changers’

Carl Seaton and Claire Simon

Carl Seaton and Claire Simon

Annual Film and
Music Forum
will honor
Carl Seaton and
Claire Simon for
“giving back to
the community”

Chicago Television Director Carl Seaton and Simon Casting President Claire Simon will be honored as a Game Changers at the Global Mixx Music and Film Forum next weekend.

Bestowed upon individuals who have “impacted in some way and given back to the community through his or her talent,” according to Global Mixx Founder and CEO Mary Datcher, the presentation is one of many highlights scheduled for the 13th annual program.

A native Southsider, Carl Seaton has earned dozens of directing credits throughout his career for shows like Fox’s Snowfall, Showtime’s The Chi, C.W.’s SuperGirl, C.W.’s Dynasty, BET’s Rebel, and NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D.. Seaton will also be the keynote speaker for this year’s Global Mixx Forum.

Simon, who began casting performances at the age of ten for a neighborhood production of The King and I in her garage, has the “distinct privilege” of casting Empire, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, in addition to dozens of other TV shows and film and theatre projects. She has also moved her company from the garage to one of the most beautiful offices on the campus of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

Other items on the Global Mixx agenda include panel discussions, workshops, and film and artist showcases, as well as Speed Mentoring Sessions introducing attendees to some of the best in the business world.

The event takes place on Saturday, November 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn McCormick Place in Chicago’s historical ‘Record and Motor Row’ district. Additional highlights are listed below.


Southside native and Film and Television Director Carl Seaton (Fox’s Snowfall, Showtime’s The Chi, NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., C.W.’s SuperGirl, C.W.’s Dynasty and BET’s Rebel). He is also one of the recipients of our “Game Changer Award.”

Veteran agent, Claire Simon, CSA (President / Director of Casting for Simon Casting), will have an in-depth one-on-one conversation about her career and give insight on current trends in casting. She will be interviewed by Ryan Chiaverini, host of ABC7’s Windy CIty Live. Claire is also being honored with a 2019 Game Changer Award.

Veva Riley (Owner and Principal Agent at Promote Talent Agency) will present a workshop for aspiring actors called “Get Repped. Get Booked!”

“I Love The Pitch” a masterclass taught by Chicago native and writer Leon Hendrix (C.W.’s Two Sentence Horror Stories) will explore the essentials of the cinematic pitch and getting ‘the deal’.

Global Mixx Media Group, Inc. announces ComEd as the title sponsor for the 13th Annual GlobalMixx Music & Film Forum for the fourth year. For the first time, the event happily welcomes Crawford Broadcasting Chicago and Rockford radio stations Power 92.3 FM and 106.3 FM both as our official radio partners.

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