2024 1-Hour TV Pilot Mentor – John Papsidera CSA



John Papsidera started his professional career as a trained actor graduating from Florida State University with a BFA degree and attending post-graduate studies at Circle in the Square in New York City.


Starting as a casting assistant at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, John moved into feature film casting and worked on such big-budget action films as Clear and Present Danger, The Net, Anaconda, and Cutthroat Island.


Starting in 1997, Papsidera embarked on forming his own casting company and over the past 25 years has been the Casting Director for over 200 films and television projects.  His film credits include the original Austin Powers, Boiler Room, Memento, Batman: Begins, The Longest Yard, The Prestige, Enchanted, The Dark Knight, Zombieland, Inception, The Grey, The Dark Knight Rises, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Gangster Squad, Men Women and Children, Interstellar, Independence Day: Resurgence, Venom  Dunkirk, Tenet and Oppenheimer.


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Television credits include HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk, Live from Baghdad, Carnivale, Lackawanna Blues, Prison Break, Showtime’s Ray Donovan, Hulu’s Casual, Netflix’s Lost In Space, HBO’s Westworld, HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, Paramount’s Yellowstone, 1883, Lioness, Lessons in Chemistry and The Offer. His achievements in the field of casting include 22 nominations and five prestigious Artios Awards for outstanding casting, and six nominations, and two Emmys for his work in television.


Papsidera formed his entertainment company, automatic sweat, in the fall of 2000.  He opened with friend and Producer, Gavin Polone, a Hollywood restaurant, The Waffle in the Winter of 2007. An avid art collector, he owns and curates his own gallery, The Salon @ automatic sweat. John currently resides in Nashville, still casts feature films and television, is in the process of producing two films, and is still looking forward to new horizons of opportunity.


This year our 1-Hour TV Pilot Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to get feedback on their script and industry guidance directly on a call with John. Submit your script today and take the first step towards kickstarting your TV screenwriting career.