Actor Point >> Entertainment & Acting News >> BackStage.com Relaunch

BackStage.com Relaunches with New, Better Tools for Acting Community

BACKSTAGE.COM INTRODUCES NEW AND POWERFUL TOOLS FOR THE ACTING COMMUNITY WITH THE RE-LAUNCH OF ITS WEBSITE

Acting 2.0 --- Personalize. Customize. Optimize.

April 23, 2009 – New York, NY – BACK STAGE today proudly reveals the newly redesigned backstage.com, the industry-leading website dedicated to the acting community that brings together actors, casting directors, producers, and managers to showcase their works and talents. Backstage.com is a necessary tool for the performing artist where they can search for casting notices and industry news.

The newly redesigned backstage.com introduces new features throughout the website including:

  • Moveable modules that provide users the capability to personalize and customize the site
  • Color options that provide personalize for the pages
  • New technology features that provide casting search optimization and high-end resume tools
  • NY and LA sections which gives dedicated regional content
  • Improved search tools in the Actors Yellow Pages
  • Multi-channel video capabilities throughout the site

Back Stage understands the different needs of its users. Each user has their own preference of what information they want to see first when they come to the website. The new features of moveable modules and color options allow users to customize the site according to their needs and preferences.

With the new backstage.com, users can run Advanced Casting Searches to customize search results to fit an individual’s needs. Performers can find casting opportunities from across the U.S. and create personalized Saved Searches to search for new notices that match interests with a single click. They can create multiple Casting/Job Alerts to have automated alert-agents search the Back Stage casting and jobs database and send the user the newest results via email on a schedule that fits their busy career. Then they can quickly apply to casting/job notices with just a few clicks.

With the new backstage.com Multimedia Resume system, users can create one or multiple resumes, and upload a variety of photos, videos, audio reels, links, documents, credits, and skills to each resume. Unlike other casting websites, Back Stage doesn’t charge actors extra hidden fees for uploading a large variety of media files. In addition to using a Multimedia Resume to apply to an unlimited number of casting notices, users can also email their resume to anyone they’d like, and include media-enhanced resumes in Back Stage’s online Talent Database – searched by over 20,000 casting directors, directors, and producers every year – for no extra charge.

The enhanced Actors Yellow Pages provides better organization and free posting options for companies to list their products and services. This will provide the community with a wide selection of options so they can easily find the tools they need to advance their careers.   

The video capabilities and our increased and superior content provide instructional and informational footage necessary to keep up-to-date in the industry.

“The improved functionality and navigation will allow actors to personalize and customize their information needs,” said Jeff Black, VP/General Manager of Back Stage. “The new Los Angeles and New York portals allow for deep coverage of our two key audience markets where most of the casting for jobs occurs.”

 About Back Stage

Back Stage is the entertainment industry’s leading authority and resource for the committed actor looking to advance their career. For 49 years, Back Stage has been the most trusted resource for actors to find performing arts and casting information. In print and online, Back Stage publishes over 1,000 top casting notices each week for every type of performance: film, stage, TV, commercials, multimedia, dance, voiceovers, singing, and more. Plus, Back Stage offers ads seeking people in related fields, such as stage/film crews, models, musicians, and writers. For more information on Back Stage, visit www.backstage.com

Back Stage is published by Nielsen Business Media, a part of The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company whose other entertainment and media brands include The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Film Journal International, Adweek, Mediaweek, Brandweek, and Call Sheet.

# # #

Press contact: 
Michelle Zern, Marketing and Events Director
646-654-5728; mzern [at] backstage [dot] com