Hollywood's casting directors have set contract negotiations with production companies for three days beginning Sept. 5, less than a month before their current contract expires.
It was a baby who convinced Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd that she wanted to become a casting director.
Each season "The Bachelor" casting director Lacey Pemberton fields thousands of inquiries from enthusiastic single women angling to find true love with the reality show's leading man.
Casting directors and the congloms have reached a tentative agreement on a successor contract, a month before the expiration of the current three-year deal.
Casting director Peggy Kennedy died Dec. 3 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 65.
Casting director Shari Rhodes died Dec. 20 in Santa Fe, NM after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 71.
Casting director Caro Jones, who cast more than 1,000 TV shows and films including "Rocky," died of multiple myloma on Sept. 3 in Los Angeles. She was 86.
Casting director and talent manager Gary Shaffer died of cancer Dec. 3 in Los Angeles.
Casting director and exec Meryl O'Loughlin, who most recently was casting director for "The Young and the Restless," died Feb. 27 in Santa Monica from complications of ovarian cancer. She was 72.