Disney casting calls for new series ‘Kirby Buckets’

The Casting Society of America Artios Award nominated Disney casting team of Sally Stiner and Barbie Block have now begun sending out casting calls for co-starring, guest-starring, and possible recurring roles on the new Disney XD series Kirby Buckets.

Horizon Productions and It’s a Laugh Productions are getting ready to begin production on the new single-camera animation/live-action hybrid series. The show is about a kid who dreams of being the biggest animator in the world, as he and his best friends, Fish and Eli, go on outrageous adventures. The first casting calls are seeking teen girls 14-15 years old, to play cool kids who are part of a clique. Also being cast is a high school coach and a high school nurse both in their 40′s, and a female reporter who is in her 20′s. Shooting will take place in Los Angeles beginning in May, 2014.

Starring in Kirby Buckets is 13-year-old actor Jacob Bertrand, who is being eyed by Disney Channel/Disney XD as the next major star for the network. Jacob Bertrand also starred in a pilot called Neckpee Island. Also starring in Kirby Buckets is Mekai Curtis and Cade Sutton playing Kirby’s best friends Fish and Eli. Olivia Stuck, who has recently played a role in the upcoming Disney Channel series Girl Meets World, plays Dawn. Tiffany Espensen plays Belinda.

In October, 2012 Disney shot a series pilot titled Kirby Gates starring Jake Short in the role of Kirby. That series was not picked up, however Disney has re-written the teleplay as Kirby Buckets. The series is executive produced by Kristofor Brown, with Academy Award nominee Joe Stillman serving as co-executive producer. Gabe Snyder and Mike Alber developed the show and are the writers and showrunners for the series, which will premiere on Disney XD in Fall, 2014.

Horizon Productions and It’s a Laugh Productions, which is a an owned subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group, are the production companies behind Kirby Gates. The company has produced such Disney Channel shows as Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Jonas, Jessie, Good Luck Charlie, Dog with a Blog, and Girl Meets World among many others. Don Mink and Amy Rabins founded It’s a Laugh Productions in 2004. Rabins serves as President of the company. The two have also been partners in a company called Prep Shoot Post since 1988, a post-production accounting firm. They also own another production company called Fast Track Films, Inc.

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No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Barbie Block
Sally Stiner
1201 W. 5th Street
Suite M-120
Los Angeles, CA 90017


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“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:


Central Casting
220 S. Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Info: (818) 562-2755


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207 S Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Info: (661) 244-4621

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Horizon Productions
3800 West Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505

It’s a Laugh Productions, Inc.
427 S. Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Disney Channel
3800 West Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505

Executive Producer:

Kristofor Brown

Co-Executive Producer:

Joe Stillman

Supervising Producers/Writers:

Mike Alber & Gabe Snyder




Jacob Bertrand – Kirby
Mekai Curtis – Fish
Cade Sutton – Eli
Tiffany Espensen – Belinda
Olivia Stuck – Dawn


A single-camera animation/live-action hybrid from Horizon Productions about a kid who dreams of being the biggest animator in the world. Bertrand stars as the title character, who sees his drawings take shape as he and his best friends, Fish and Eli, go on outrageous adventures.

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