SOURCE: Players Directory

January 21, 2008 13:32 ET

First-Ever Hard Copy Version of 'The Australian Players Directory' Now Available to Tap Talent Down Under

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2008) - U.S. casting directors no longer need to go on a "walkabout" in search of Australia's best talent. With the launch of the first-ever hard copy of The Australian Players Directory, they can let their fingers do the walking instead. Produced in conjunction with The Players Directory -- L.A.'s oldest and most revered talent source for casting directors -- the Australian Players Directory provides a huge amount of exposure for Australian actors, both in the United States and in the land "down under."

With a planned, international distribution, the Directory will be distributed to hundreds of top casting professionals in both the U.S. and Australia enabling casting directors in the U.S. looking for the next Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman to quickly locate talent from over 4,000 of the best actors currently working in Australia.

"By taking the Players Directory international with the Australian version, we are growing our resources to benefit both U.S. and Australian casting professionals," said Keith Gonzales, Editor of The Players Directory, "With the popularity of Australian actors in Hollywood, there is no doubt that this directory will be well received, and allow those who want to be found to be seen by the right people, wherever they are. It will certainly become a must-have resource for everyone in the casting profession."

In Australia, the Players Directory will list both American Film Institute and Independent Film Award winners and nominees, guaranteeing that the book has the stamp of quality. In Los Angeles, the directory will be sent to key professionals through Ausfilm's extensive contact database, and will help cement Australia's reputation as the training ground for a host of talented actors, many of whom are famous the world over. Ausfilm, marketing Australia as a production destination, is a government-industry partnership comprising all of Australia's State and Territory Screen Agencies, some 40 private sector screen production service companies and Australia's Federal Government through the Department of Communications, IT and the Arts (DCITA).

"Although I regularly use online databases to search for actors, a hard copy book will always be an invaluable tool to take into a meeting or flip through in a spare moment," said Christine King, casting director for movies including "Star Wars," "Superman," "The Matrix" and "Ghost Rider." "It's great to see so many of our talented Australian actors succeeding in Hollywood and here in Australia."

Not just a tool for casting directors, the Australian Players Directory is also an invaluable tool for directors and producers alike.

Clare Sawyer, General Manager and Producer of the Inside Film Awards, said, "The Inside Film Awards is excited about the release of the Players Directory for Australian talent, and delighted to be included in it. As the people's choice awards for Australian film, the Inside Film Awards recognize talent whom the public has decided are deserving, and to be able to display this level of recognition to international and local casting directors and industry members in a separate section highlighting award winners allows for maximum opportunity and development for the artists involved. I am certain the Players Directory will be an invaluable tool for casting directors the world over, and will become an incredible step up for all those included within its pages."

History of the Players Directory

First printed in January 1937, the Academy Players Directory is the industry's oldest and best-known casting directory. The first issue was a 248-page publication listing 1,257 players, including names like Mae West, James Stewart, Gene Autry, Bette Davis, Mary Astor and Gary Cooper.

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