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Casting Directors See the Light, Cancel Planned Auction of Hollywood Audition Tapes

Today’s Kathy Lee Gifford blunder isn’t the only Today Show gaffe in the news. It’s quite possible that if executives from Julien’s Auctions in Beverly HIlls had not chatted last Friday with Matt Lauer about their company’s planned sale of 54 Hollywood audition tapes this coming weekend, none of the the following would have happened.

The duo’s March 29 appearance sparked some angry tweets by casting directors and a solid bit of reporting yesterday from Backstage executive editor Daniel Holloway. The article exposed the identity of the sellers and also included a scathing condemnation of the auction by Casting Society of America president Richard Hicks.

Today, per a statement from SAG-AFTRA and a second item by Holloway, Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins have wisely redirected these artifacts to the Academy. From today’s Backstage item:

“I got an email this morning from Janet and Jane saying that there’s a big hoopla over this and that they’re going to give it to the Academy,” said Darryl Marshak of Marshak/Zachary management company. “The Academy now is the keeper of the tapes, and anyone in there can go in and look at them. They’re for the whole world to see once they’re at the Academy library.”

As casting directors, Hirshenson and Jenkins were perhaps technically not subject to SAG-AFTRA franchised agency and performer regulations. But that didn’t stop union counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland from asking Julien’s Auctions to “discontinue the sale of these private tapes, and they have agreed to do so immediately.”

Previously on FishbowlLA:
On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

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