ABC Kicks Off Fourth Annual Digital Talent Competition!


ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Search is a nationwide talent hunt that provides comedy and drama scenes for would be actors to perform on video and submit to the network.

To get a handle on what’s wanted, competitors can stream two videos: on actors (featuring The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey, Fresh of the boats’ Randall Park and Dr. Ken’s Ken Jeong), and the process of working with them (featuring black-ish’s executive producer Kenya Barris, Fresh of the Boat’s Nahnatchka Khan, and Secrets and Lies’ Barbie Kligman).

The winning entry will receive a $25,000 talent deal with ABC. Follow the jump for details.


Winner Receives a One-Year $25,000 Talent Deal With ABC  

Video Series Features Wendi McLendon-Covey, Randall Park, Ken Jeong and Executive Producers Kenya Barris, Nahnatchka Khan, and Barbie Kligman

Beginning today, ABC Talent and Casting launches their fourth annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, which takes place Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 17. The competition aims to discover and champion actors who may not have had the opportunity to be seen yet by a team of professional casting executives. Actors 18 and older are encouraged to visit to enter the contest for the chance to receive a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. The top ten finalists and their entries will be posted to the website Friday, July 22, and the 2016 winner will be announced Tuesday, July 26.

This year’s competition site features two videos focusing on actors and the process of working with them. The first video spotlights Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Randall Park (“Fresh off the Boat”) and Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”) discussing their journey as actors, and the second video features executive producers Kenya Barris (“black-ish”), Nahnatchka Khan (“Fresh Off the Boat”) and Barbie Kligman (“Secrets and Lies”) giving a behind-the-scenes look at the process of working with actors and casting a series.

Ayo Davis, senior vice president, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment, said, “We’ve always been committed to finding the very best talent through innovative and imaginative ways. As actors continue to cultivate their abilities and create content to showcase themselves using technology, it makes sense for us to engage and connect with them in this space.”

To enter the ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, actors are asked to create a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on Actors will be judged on quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. For full details on how to enter and for Official Rules, interested actors can visit The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 17.

The Digital Talent Competition is part of ABC Discovers, a series of initiatives that includes the annual New York and Los Angeles Talent Showcases, Actor Audition Workshop Week, Latino/Hispanic Outreach, Asian/Pacific Islander Outreach and Global Talent Outreach. The 2014 Digital Talent Competition winner, Cornelius Smith, Jr., is a series regular on the hit drama “Scandal,” and 2015 winner Samuel Adegoke has had numerous recurring roles on series, including “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Switched at Birth.”