ShopNBC open casting call for on-air talent in Eden Prairie, MN

ShopNBC is hosting an open casting call seeking male and female candidates for on-air talent positions. ShopNBC is an American broadcast and cable home shopping network, owned and operated by ValueVision Media, which is in turn co-owned by GE Equity and NBC Universal.

The ShopNBC network - which is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota - reaches 73 million homes in the United States via cable and satellite television. Programming is also streamed live on the web at www.ShopNBC.TV. Its companion Internet site,, is recognized as a top e-commerce site.

ShopNBC hosts and on-air talent are among the best in the business. They are impassioned about what they do. They are factual in what they have to say, having developed expertise in the ShopNBC product categories. And they are sincere in sharing themselves with the ShopNBC customers every day.

Open Casting Call Details

Talent interested in becoming part of the on-air team at ShopNBC should have experience in one or more of the following areas:

• On Camera and/or Television Presentation.
• Live Performance Background.
• Retail Sales.


IT Human Resources Bldg.
6690 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Tuesday June 14, 2011
9:00am - 6:00pm

When attending the open casting call, please bring a headshot and resume along with any demo reel that you might have available.

In addition, bring an item or product that you are passionate about and be prepared to perform a 3-minute video taped presentation about your item. Some examples of items are Handbags, Smartphones, Sunglasses, Jewelry, Food Preparation Utensils. The VP of TV Sales, Paul Kelley, will be evaluating your on-camera presence, knowledge of your item or product, ability to think on your feet, and your presentation skills.

All ShopNBC host and on-air opportunities will be located at their Eden Prairie, MN headquarters and broadcast facilities, which is approximately 15 miles outside of Minneapolis.

Voiceover Actors needed in Minnesota for hit Bass Pro Shops video games

The folks behind the hit video games Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt and Bass Pro Shops: The Strike are seeking two voiceover professionals to be featured in the next release of the games. Bass Pro Shops: The Strike is a fishing game developed by Piranha Games and first published by XS Games for the Wii, Windows, and Xbox 360 in 2009. The hunting follow-up to Bass Pro Shops: The Strike was first published in 2010.

Here is what the casting directors are seeking:

The following roles are for actors located within driving distance of the greater St.Paul Minneapolis areas.

[THE ANGLER] Male, 40-65. A wise veteran of the lakes, the Angler is an expert that has seen it all and has fought with many of the legends you’ll be competing against. He serves as a trusted source of knowledge for the player and offers tricks and tips to help the player climb the tournament ranks. He’s slightly on the gruff side and marches to the beat of his own drum.

[THE HOTSHOT] Male, 35-55. One of the best hunters in the world, the Hotshot is the host and narrator to a series of hunting competitions featured in the game. He serves as a friendly guide to each region and sets the ground rules before each competition begins. Strong and confident, he’s a true outdoorsman with a 21st century attitude.

Both roles are paid and require significant voiceover and/or acting experience. Must be available for 1-2 recording days in mid-May, 2011.

Please send resumes AND samples of work to:

Online samples are preferred and please do not send attachments larger than 10MB. Resume and samples must be received no later than May 4, 2011 .

About Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is one of America’s premier outdoor retailers with destination outdoor retail stores across America and Canada, serving over 75 million sportsmen a year. Bass Pro Shops today isn’t just fishing. It is an outdoor retail leader in hunting, camping, nature gifts, outdoor cooking, and much more. Each store is unique and offers a truly unforgettable shopping experience - as close to the Great Outdoors as you can get indoors!

Open casting calls for new Aflac Duck TV commercial voice-over actor

Supplemental insurance provider Aflac Incorporated, winner of the Ethisphere Award for "World's Most Ethical Company" for the fifth year in a row, is currently conducting a massive national talent search to discover the new voice of the hugely popular Aflac Duck. Aflac announced on March 14, 2011 that it has severed ties with comedian Gilbert Gottfried.

Shortly after the March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Gottfried - a stand-up comedian known for his crude insulting racism filled comedy - tweeted "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them," and "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll by another one floating by any minute now".

Aflac issued a March 14, 2011 press release announcing, "Gilbert's recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac. Aflac Japan - and, by extension, Japan itself - is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times".

Aflac also announced that the company was donating 100 million yen to the International Red Cross for disaster assistance. It should be noted that Gilbert Gottfried has never been the voice of the Aflac Duck in Japan. About 75 percent of Aflac’s revenue comes from Japan, where the supplemental insurer’s ads feature a less abrasive voice performed by a different actor.

Rather than hire another celebrity voice, Aflac decided to accept submissions from the general public. Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna stated, "There’s a lot of undiscovered talent in the United States. We’re calling it America’s best job". The company isn’t ruling out using a celebrity, as many casting directors have recently found out through these types of open casting calls (which are becoming much more common), that finding inexperienced film and television talent from the general public pool is easier said than done.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the new voice-over role for the famed Aflac Duck is welcome to attend one of the following open casting calls. To make an appointment, please call during normal business hours on Thursday March 31, 2011 or Friday April 1, 2011 (deadline is midnight).

Important: Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis, so call early and often and if you are fortunate enough to get through, consider yourself lucky!

New York, NY
Beth Melsky Casting

Los Angeles, CA
Kathy Knowles Casting

Chicago, IL
O'Connor Casting

Atlanta, GA
Stillwell Casting

Las Vegas, NV
Barbara Lauren Casting
702-743-1110 or 702-262-0200

Austin, TX
Buffalo Casting
214-220-9991 or 214-704-7774

But if you do not get through on the phone lines, do not fret! You can still upload your Aflac Duck audition on the official talent search website:

Aflac Duck Audition Upload Website

Anyone will be able to submit a 30-second audio or video file belting their best version of the Aflac Duck’s signature “Aflac” squawk. The company wants to hear interpretations of the character that may be different from Gilbert Gottfried’s.

Aflac's longtime advertising agency, The Kaplan Thaler Group, will create the first new TV commercial which will debut on April 22, 2011.