We reported previously that LA City Attorney Mike Feuer had brought misdemeanor criminal charges against five casting workshops and 25 individuals under the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. Feuer alleged that the workshops–purportedly for training actors in audition techniques–were actually pay-to-play schemes in which aspiring thespians would pay for the opportunity to be seen by casting directors.
On June 5, one of the accused, Bradley Sachs, pleaded no contest to the charges. He was placed on 36 months summary probation and sentenced to serve either 10 days in jail or perform 150 hours of community service. He also agreed to pay investigative costs, and not to be involved in any talent training service until completion of his probation. Sachs’ company, The Actors Alley, shut down when the charges were first announced.
Although it had previously expressed support for the defendants, the Casting Society of America declined to make a statement on Sachs’ plea on the grounds that he is not a CSA member.