MARK TILLMAN, CSA CASTING DIRECTOR
His many television credits include the MTV comedy series The Andy Dick Show and Scratch & Burn, and the MTV serial Undressed. Mark cast the pilot and the series for the UPN network’s As If and the syndicated pilots and series Highlander: The Series and RoboCop: The Series. Mark has also cast four seasons of ABC’s MacGyver. Mark’s vast experience also includes casting contract roles for daytime’s General Hospital and All My Children and casting the hosts for FX’s DVD on TV.
Mark’s television movies and mini-series include Stephen King’s It, Judith Krantz’s Till We Meet Again starring Hugh Grant and Courtney Cox, Bridge to Silence starring Oscar nominee Lee Remick and Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, ABC’s Small Sacrifices starring Farrah Fawcett, and cable movies such as The Colony with John Ritter, and Showtime’s Hitman’s Run and The Base.
His awarded independent features have been seen at Slamdance (Festival winner Best Ensemble Cast, Drive), the Aspen Comedy Film Festival (winner The Audience Award, Suckers), Tribeca Film Festival(winner Best HD Film, Cross Bronx), Austin Film Festival (winner Best Full Length Comedy, American Cowslip), Beverly Hills Film Festival (Official Selection, Dear Me, and winner Audience Choice Award, Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck), Method Fest(winner Jury Choice Award Intoxicating), Newport Beach Film Festival (official Selection The Waterhole), among many others.
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Iren Koster was born in the Bronx, New York.
At the young age of five, Iren was considered a musical prodigy and had his first musical recital on violin at Carnegie Hall.
He followed his musical path through Juilliard and became a prolific songwriter, writing songs for over a hundred artists and accumulating a few platinum albums. He later became a recording artist and his single “We Won’t Say Goodbye, John” a tribute to John Lennon, sanctioned by the Beatles Fan Club, sold millions of copies in over 28 countries throughout the world.
Iren loved films as much as his music. He wrote his first screenplay in 1991 selling it for $500,000 to TriStar Pictures. He repeated his success, selling another script to 20th Century Fox for an equal amount a couple years later.
He produced his first film “Hugo Pool” starring Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr., Malcolm McDowell and Alyssa Milano in 1997. The film is considered a cult classic.
Koster later went on to write, produce and direct Dead End, My Gardener and Mustang Sally’s Horror House. He is currently developing P.S. I Hate You, a family comedy and The Adventures of Mutt and Jeff a family comedy adventure.
Koster is the son-in-law of the legendary comedian, Phi Silvers. (Sgt. Bilko)