‘The Hunger Games’ casting director holding auditions for ‘1600 Penn’

Debra Zane 1600 Penn Auditions Casting Calls

Former Obama speech writer Jon Lovett is producer/writer of “1600 Penn”
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The casting director for “The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” is currently auditioning actors for co-starring and supporting roles in the NBC 1/2 hour single-camera comedy sitcom “1600 Penn”. Additional principal actor casting is taking place in New York. Shooting will take place beginning April 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, where all of the extras and stand-ins will be hired. The show features an all-star cast and can be described as a White House Washington political comedy.

Bill Pullman plays U.S. President Dale Gilchrist, who recently gets married to his second wife – the street wise former bartender First Lady Emily Nash Gilchrist played by Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman. Other members of this dysfunctional first family are the brilliant Becca Gilchrist (Brittany Snow), who stepped in to raise her younger siblings when their mother died – Secret Service code named “Meatball”; Skip Gilchrist (Josh Gad), Becca’s gregarious and clumsy older brother who has the Secret Service code name “Meatball”; Becca’s 13 year-old twin siblings Marigold (Amara Miller) and Xander (To Be Cast).

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett is executive producer and writer of “1600 Penn”. Lovett moved to Hollywood from Washington in September, 2011 to write for television because he wanted to be able to write in his own voice. Lovett wrote many of Obama’s speeches about financial reform, seeded laugh lines into commencement speeches by former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel. And he also wrote jokes for Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks.

Primetime Emmy Award winning filmmaker and actor Jason Winer will direct the pilot episode of “1600 Penn” from a script written by Josh Gad (who plays Skip) and, as mentioned above, Jon Lovett. Winer’s directing credits include “Modern Family,” “New Girl” starring Zooey Deschanel, and “Arthur” starring Russell Brand. He also has won a Directors Guild of America DGA Award, and a Producers Guild of America PGA Award. Gad is currently wrapping up filming on the FOX series pilot “Rebounding” starring Will Forte and Amanda Walsh.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Tannis Vallely
Debra Zane Casting
5225 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 536
Los Angeles, CA 90036

New York:

Trey Lawson
Jennifer McNamara-Shroff
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Suite 1623E
New York, NY 10112

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:

Carla Lewis
Headquarters Casting
3108 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
1600 Penn Extras Registration

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

20th Century Fox Television
10201 W Pico Blvd.
Building 103, Rom 5286
Los Angeles, CA 90035


Jason Winer
Josh Gad
Jon Lovett


Jason Winer


Brittany Snow – Becca Gilchrist
Bill Pullman – President Dale Gilchrist
Jenna Elfman – Emily Nash Gilchrist
Amara Miller – Marigold Gilchrist
Josh Gad – Skip Gilchrist
Amara Miller – Marigold Gilchrist
Andre Holland – Press Secretary Marshall Malloy
To Be Cast – Xander Gilchrist
To Be Cast – White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie


The Gilchrists are your typical American family with a not so typical address – the White House. President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) is a widower who has recently remarried his second wife, the First Lady Emily Nash Gilchrist (Jenna Elfman). He has to balance leading the free world and managing his dysfunctional family while she struggles to win over his kids and mold herself into a politician’s wife, all while staying true to her working class roots.