ABC Family casting calls for Jennifer Lopez produced series 'The Fosters'

ABC Family Auditions The Fosters

"The Fosters" begins shooting in Late October, 2012.
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Blazing Elm Entertainment and Prodco in association with Nuyorican Productions are nearing the start of shooting on the ABC Family drama series pilot "The Fosters". Auditions are taking place in Los Angeles and New York for series regulars, guest starring, possible recurring, and day player roles. All of the show's extras will be cast in Los Angeles throughout the shoot, beginning in late October, 2012. Especially needed will be talent who are 18 years of age and above, or legally emancipated, who can portray high school students. The production office is located at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, CA.

The show centers on a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Lena and Stef Foster, a mixed race lesbian couple, have enough love to spare for both Stef's biological son, Brandon, as well as Jesus and Marianne, whom they adopted out of the foster system. But when Lena opens her heart and their home, once again, to Callie Jacob, a troubled teen fresh out of a youth detention center, the Foster family is in for a painful but ultimately rewarding period of adjustment.

Starring in "The Fosters" is two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Teri Polo of "Meet the Parents" fame as police officer Stef Foster, wife of Lena, adoptive parent to two twin teens, and biological parent to a son; two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee Sherri Saum as Lena Foster, Stef's wife and benevolent school principal who takes in pugnacious teen foster child Callie; Maia Mitchell of Disney Channel's "Teen Beach Musical" plays the juvenile delinquent Callie; David Lambert of Disney Channel's "Aaron Stone" and "Den Brother" is playing Stef's biological son Brandon.

Primetime Emmy winner Timothy Busfield will direct the pilot episode from a teleplay written by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg. Busfield's Emmy came from his acting role as Elliot Weston on the ABC hit series "thirtysomething". He has worked on countless film and television productions as actor, director, and executive producer. Broadway credits include "A Few Good Men". With elder brother Buck Busfield, he is co-founder of the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California, where he has appeared in and directed numerous contemporary works.

Executive producing "The Fosters" is Jennifer Lopez and Simon Fields under the banner of Lopez' company Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are the shows writers/creators Peter Paige and Brad Bredeweg of Blazing Elm Entertainment, while Prodco is producing for ABC Family. Prodco's president is Don Mink, who is also co-founder of the Disney-ABC Television Group owned subsidiary production company It's a Laugh Productions. That company has produced such Disney Channel shows as "Lab Rats," "Pair of Kings," "A.N.T. Farm," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "The Suite Life on Deck" and "Dog with a Blog," among many others. In addition to "The Fosters", Prodco is also producing four other ABC Family pilots in pre-production.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.

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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Scott Genkinger
Deborah George
14945 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 220
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

New York:

Beth Bowling
Kim Miscia
609 Greenwich Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:

Central Casting
220 South Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Information: (818) 562-2755
Do not send photos to Central, you must register in person.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Blazing Elm Entertainment
1438 N. Gower Street
Building 16
Room 100, Box 22
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Prodco, Inc.
4024 Radford Avenue
Building 6
Studio City, CA 91604

Nuyorican Productions
Glendon Avenue
Suite 920
Westwood, CA 90024

ABC Family
3800 W Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505


Jennifer Lopez
Simon Fields
Greg Gugliotta
Bradley Bredeweg
Peter Paige


Timothy Busfield


Teri Polo - Stef Foster
Sherri Saum - Lena Foster
David Lambert - Brandon
Maia Mitchell - Callie
Cierra Ramirez - Marianna Foster
Jake T. Austin - Jesus Foster
Jude - To Be Cast
Mike - To Be Cast
Talya - To Be Cast


"The Fosters" tells the story of Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena Foster (Sherri Saum), a mixed race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. When Lena decides to take in Callie (Maia Mitchell), a troubled teen with an abusive past, Callie's disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters lives upside down. Stef Foster is a tough but kind police officer who is not eager to add to their already large brood, but soon realizes her family may be Callie's best hope for a better life. Lena Foster is an altruistic school principal, who is determined to save as many kids as she can and agrees to take in Callie without Stef's knowledge.