NBC Universal to cast diverse actors in Canada

For local projects, including 'Psych' and 'Eureka'

TORONTO -- NBC Universal is off to Canada to sign up ethnically diverse actors for its film and TV projects.

ACTRA, the country's actors union, has arranged an open casting call in Toronto on Aug. 4 for member actors from multicultural communities, followed a day later with studio talent scouts holding a general open call in the city.

NBC Universal talent reps will then go to Vancouver on Sept. 22 and 23 to cast for east Indian, African American, first nation, Asian and Latino actors for local movie and TV series, including "Psych" and "Eureka."

Toronto and Vancouver are among Canada's most multicultural cities, with census figures pointing to more than half of the populations in both cities likely to be foreign-born by 2012.

NBC Universal earlier teamed up with Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Center in Toronto to underwrite its content creator program, where 10 Canadian producer teams knock their TV concepts into shape for possible Hollywood pitches and packaging.

At any stage of the program, NBC Universal can offer a Canadian producer a formal development deal.
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