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Toronto 2012: HBO Documentary Films Takes U.S. TV Rights to 'Casting By'

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Tom Donahue's documentary ode to casting directors had its world premiere at TIFF this week.

TORONTO – Casting directors are finally getting their American TV close-up.

HBO Documentary Films has grabbed the U.S. TV rights to Tom Donahue’s feature documentary Casting By, which had its world bow at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

The film about casting directors and their use of taste and gut instinct to choose on-screen talent includes interviews with actors and directors like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino.

Casting By is next headed for a screening at the New York Film Festival.

Produced by Donahue, Kate Lacey, Ilan Arboleda and Joanna Colbert, the doc focuses on casting pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whose choices shaped classic movies like Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Bonnie and Clyde.

Josh Braun of Submarine negotiated the Casting By deal on behalf of the producers.