Prominent Casting Workshop Takes Plea Deal in Pay-to-Play Audition Scandal

Courtesy of Gary Baum
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (center), announcing pay-to-play audition indictments on Feb. 9, 2017

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has reached nearly a dozen agreements with indicted members of the casting community.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer on Monday filed plea agreements for another company and individual indicted in a massive pay-to-play audition scandal, bringing the tally of such deals to nearly a dozen.

Live2Act (known as Your Studio Productions) has agreed to plead guilty to violations of the Labor Code, admitting it willfully charged an artist for an audition or employment opportunity. The company will pay a fine of $5,000 and agreed to 36 months of probation in which it cannot operate a talent training service.

The company's owner, Garret Camilleri, also took a plea deal in connection with his involvement in the scheme. He has agreed to a sentence of 36 months of probation and 75 hours of community service. He also will notify all customers of Your Studio Productions that they may be eligible for reimbursement for outstanding credits and will pay $150 to the Victims' Restitution Fund. If Camilleri meets all of the conditions of his probation, prosecutors have agreed not to object to a motion to end the term after 12 months.

Of the five workshop firms indicted, Your Studio Productions had the most casting directors, associates and assistants implicated as defendants. They were Darya Balyura, Amy Cohen, Kimberly Ehrlich, Rachel Rose Oginsky, Stephanie Weatherbee and Peter Pappas — each of whom was charged with a single misdemeanor. Pappas took a deal earlier this month.

Feuer filed charges against five casting firms and 25 individuals on Feb. 9, following The Hollywood Reporter's investigation into the then-pervasive practice. Plea agreements have been piling up since June.