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Alyssa Weisberg is an American film and television casting director and film producer. She was a Casting Director at Paramount Pictures from February 2007 through 2008, during which time she worked on Star Trek along with April Webster. [1] Webster and Weisberg both won the Casting Society of America's 2009 Artios Award for their work on Star Trek.[2] Weisberg reunited with Webster for the casting of the Star Trek Into Darkness.

Weisberg and Webster were also Casting Directors for Star Trek producer/director J.J. Abrams on the hit ABC series Lost, for which they shared the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series for Lost. Weisberg and Webster again worked with Abrams on the Paramount motion picture Mission: Impossible III, with Weisberg credited as Casting Associate. More recently, while working at Paramount, Weisberg was the sole Casting Director on the hit film Cloverfield, which was produced by Abrams.

As a casting associate under Ronnie Yeskel and Mary Vernieu, Weisberg worked on such films as Freeway, The Long Kiss Goodnight (featuring costumes designed by Michael Kaplan), Touch (featuring Anthony Zerbe), Booty Call, and Oliver Stone's U-Turn. Her credits as a casting director (often in collaboration with Vernieu) include Somebody Is Waiting, Little City, Aberration, Telling You, and 2006's The House of Usher. Weisberg was also an associate producer on Telling You and co-produced The House of Usher. In addition, she helped Matt Winston get a lead role in the 2001 comedy Hollywood Palms, which Weisberg also co-produced.

Weisberg formed her own company, Alyssa Weisberg Casting, in January 1997, and has held sole proprietorship of the company since its inception. In addition to Star Trek, other recent films on which Weisberg was casting director include the independent thriller In My Sleep (featuring Christopher Darga) and the action comedy Play Dead (featuring Richard Riehle). She was also Casting Director and Executive Producer of the romantic comedy Around Jane. In addition, Weisberg cast and produced the upcoming short film Ollie Klublershturf vs the Nazis, which was written by Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof and which will feature Star Trek actress Rachel Nichols.

More recently, Weisberg was the casting director on the upcoming Piranha 3-D, a remake of the 1978 Joe Dante horror comedy. Among those Weisberg cast in this film were Star Trek film performers Christopher Lloyd (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Dina Meyer (Star Trek Nemesis). She also cast and produced the upcoming independent film Losing Control, for which she brought in Star Trek: Enterprise regular John Billingsley for a supporting role.

References

  1. Alyssa Weisberg LinkedIn profile, [1] Accessed: 4 November 2009.
  2. Kilday, Gregg. "Casting group honors 'Star Trek,' 'Milk'." The Hollywood Reporter, [2]. Published: 3 November 2009. Accessed: 4 November 2009.

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