ViacomCBS’ 2021 Showcase goes digital this yr — and so they have set the manufacturing workforce for the annual occasion that highlights various expertise within the trade. Tess Paras will government produce and direct whereas Tien Tran will function government produce and return as head author. Frank Garcia-Hejl joins as producer and affiliate director and rounding out the workforce is Tyler Davis who will function producer and affiliate head author. This yr’s group of performers and occasion date might be introduced at a later date.
Showcase has developed right into a hybrid comedy show with Broadway-worthy stay performances and authentic, inventive writing. The show is attended by senior-level executives, showrunners and casting administrators from ViacomCBS properties, in addition to different networks and expertise brokers/managers from throughout the leisure trade. Alumni of the Showcase embody Emmy Award winners Kate McKinnon and Tiffany Haddish in addition to Diona Reasonover (NCIS), Justin Hires (MacGyver), Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary), Nico Santos (Superstore, Crazy Rich Asians), Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) and Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live), amongst others.
“This yr has actually introduced its challenges and we’re so pleased with what Tess, Tien, Frank and Tyler have been in a position to accomplish with the show going digital,” stated Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion, Global Inclusion, ViacomCBS. “The inventive workforce has labored across the clock to make sure the digital expertise might be as exceptional because the stay occasions up to now.”
“The ingenuity that our inventive workforce has dropped at this yr’s manufacturing is exceptional,” stated Claudia Lyon, Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS Entertainment. “Not solely are Tess, Tien, Frank and Tyler gifted multi-hyphenates in their very own proper, however they’ve excelled in motivating and galvanizing our gifted cast to comprehend their limitless potential.”
The inventive workforce members are all earlier individuals of the ViacomCBS showcase. To assist the cast put together for this yr’s digital platform, the producers have launched weekly filmmaking classes to the rehearsal course of along with offering every performer with their very own manufacturing gear. These additions will assist the actors obtain a extra cinematic efficiency since they will not be enjoying to a stay viewers.
Read bios of the manufacturing workforce beneath.
Paras is an actress, author and director primarily based in Los Angeles. Paras was a performer and author within the 2014 Showcase and was the affiliate director for the 2019 and 2020 Showcase. Currently, she stars as Erin Chua on Amazon’s new spinoff Just Add Magic: Mystery City after closely recurring on the Daytime Emmy-nominated season of Just Add Magic (Amazon). Paras is most acknowledged for her recurring function on the critically acclaimed musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW). Her different tv credit embody The Good Wife” on the Network, Grimm, Girl Meets World and Reno 911. Also, she might be within the upcoming Iliza Shlesinger movie Good On Paper. In 2019, Paras accomplished manufacturing on The Patients, a brief movie she wrote, directed and starred in reverse Jon Jon Briones. Paras can also be identified for the viral movies Trumping Makeup Tutorial (Fusion Digital Comedy), Typecast and What If Catcalls Were Cheeseburgers? She performs with Quick and Funny Musicals! and the Asian AF Show at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB – LA). Paras is repped by Gersh and Haven Entertainment.
Tran is a Los Angeles-based comic, actor and author. Her stand-up has been featured on Comedy Central’s Taking the Stage and on the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal as a part of the 2019 New Faces of Comedy showcase. Currently, she is a author on Work in Progress” (Showtime). She was additionally an actor and author for the Second City’s 106th Mainstage revue, Dream Freaks Fall from Space, and the Second City’s forty first and so on. revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno. Her credit embody Space Force (Netflix), Easy (Netflix), Hot Date (PopTV), A Legendary Christmas (NBC), Sherman’s Showcase (IFC), and Southside (Comedy Central). She was additionally the pinnacle author for the 2020 Showcase and a performer within the 2019 Showcase. She additionally co-hosts Crooked Media’s Hysteria podcast. She is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
Garcia-Hejl is a author, actor and director who studied and carried out improv and sketch comedy at Four Day Weekend in Fort Worth, Texas and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City and Los Angeles. Garcia-Hejl is most acknowledged for his work as a author and actor for Broadway Video’s Latino web channel Más Mejor and USA’s First Impressions with Dana Carvey. He carried out within the 2018 Showcase and returned in 2020 as a author. This is his first yr as affiliate director for the Showcase. He has written and appeared in materials for NBC, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Comedy Central, IFC, MTV, TruTV, USA and A&E. Currently, he’s co-writing and co-starring in a phase with Noah Segan (Knives Out, Looper) for the comedy/horror anthology film Scare Package on Shudder. Garcia-Hejl is repped by ICM and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Davis is an actor, comic, filmmaker and musician in Los Angeles by means of Chicago. He co-wrote and carried out within the 2020 Showcase. Back in Chicago, he starred in two mainstage sketch revues with The Second City Chicago in addition to created on-line sketches for Comedy Central. Currently, he’s a Production Consultant and guest-stars on the Showtime sequence Work In Progress, voices the character of Jonnit on the podcast Campaign Skyjacks” and has lately begun directing commercials with TESSA movies. Davis is repped by DPN Talent and managed by El Centro Management.