Another Casting Vet Pleads No Contest in Pay-to-Play Audition Scandal

Courtesy of Gary Baum
L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer (center), announcing pay-to-play audition indictments on Feb. 9

Peter Pappas, who has worked on 'Mom,' 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager,' agreed to community service as part of his deal.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office agreed to a no- contest plea deal with casting associate Peter Pappas — the seventh since it announced 25 indictments in February as part of a broad crackdown against alleged violations of California’s Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. Other cases targeting the TV industry’s pay-to-play audition scene remain ongoing.

Pappas has worked for more than a decade in the business, beginning with 7th Heaven and including stops at The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Two and a Half Men and Mom. As part of his arrangement with City Attorney Mike Feuer, Pappas will perform 100 hours of community service and has agreed not to teach classes at any “talent training service” in the state in the future.

The workshop firm in Valley Village where he’d been caught by an undercover actor hosting an illegal “class,” Your Studio Productions, shut down within a week of the indictments, which were announced a year after The Hollywood Reporter published an investigation into the then-widespread labor problem. After naming the defendants at a press conference Feb. 2, Feuer noted: “Aspiring performers who pursue their dreams should be treated with respect and never be exploited for profit.”