CSI wins most watched drama series award at Monte Carlo TV Festival

by admin | June 17, 2016


Some great news! 😀

‘CSI’ wins international TV award

As CSI Files previously reported, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was nominated in the “Drama TV Series” category of the 11th International TV Audience Awards, as part of the 56th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. The awards ceremony took place today, and CSI took home the Golden Nymph over fellow nominees Criminal Minds and The Flash. The International TV Audience Award recognizes the series with the highest number of viewers worldwide in 2015, from a total of 62 countries. This marks the sixth time CSI has taken home the honour, with its most recent previous win in 2012.

Franchise creator Anthony Zuiker accepted the award, and you can watch his acceptance speech here

Source: CSI Files

Eric Szmanda Finishes 15th Season of CSI, Shares Advice with Academy Students

by admin | June 15, 2016


Nice article from last January!

Eric Szmanda Finishes 15th Season on CSI, Shares Advice with Academy Students

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Everyone loves a good underdog story, and that’s exactly what tugged at the heart strings of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation fans as they watched Academy alum Eric Szmanda’s character, Greg Sanders, progress from the wise-cracking lab technician to one of its top crime investigators.

For the entire 15-seasons-long series, as well as the TV movie, Szmanda worked alongside fellow past student Jorja Fox and an all-star cast including Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue and Laurence Fishburne. As the original CSI, the success of this crime fighting, character-driven drama that followed a team of  forensic police officers investigating crimes throughout Las Vegas, spawned the spin-offs CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber. Together, the cast and creators of CSI share six Primetime Emmy’s, six Golden Globe nominations, and an additional 58 wins and 115 nominations.

But “series regular” almost didn’t happen for Szmanda. In fact, he actually dropped his original agent over a disagreement that he should no longer continue with the show and hold out for a different series role.

“They felt like I’d never rise out of the background, but I had a good feeling about it,” said Szmanda. “I had a good rapport with the producers in the beginning and they assured me that things would evolve. I went against my representative’s advice, and I’m glad I hung in there.”

As the youngest actor in the ensemble, it wasn’t just Szmanda’s perseverance that prompted his rise to a lead in the series. He credits much of his character’s evolution to his Academy training and treating each scene as he would in a live theatre setting.

“There’s a reason they called me one-take Eric,” Szmanda told students at a recent visit to The Academy. “I never took advantage of the fact that we could ‘cut’ at any time and redo the scene. You don’t get to do that on stage.

“One of my teachers at The Academy used to make us write out all our lines to memorize them, and I still do that to this day,” he continued. “The producers would end up giving me a lot of the monologues because they knew I’d memorize all the lines – and that I’d try to do it without needing a second take.”

This past summer, Szmanda channeled his thrill for the live acting experience and signed on as the star of The Nerd for its summer stock theatre presentation at Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania.

So what’s next for Szmanda? With his post-CSI change in representation over to Abrams Artist Agency to handle all theatrical areas including TV, film and stage, fans should expect to see him doing more live theatre while further incorporating his first love and passion for comedy and music.

With a few tricks up his sleeve for the 2016 Pilot Season, we look forward to seeing where Szmanda will take his journey next. Be it another science-centric drama or a whimsical comedy, we wish you all the best, Eric – and know you’ll produce nothing short of a success.

Source: AADA.edu

Eric at Grup Olivé

by admin | June 5, 2016


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Source: Grup Olive twitter

High!

by admin | March 6, 2016


So nice to see them together again!

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Gallery Update: The Net

by admin | January 18, 2016


I recently found some ‘new’ old pictures from The Net! Enjoy!

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Industry Insight Series

by admin | January 15, 2016


Eric attended the Industry Insight Series from the Academy of Los Angeles last Wednesday to talk about hit journey in Hollywood.

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theacademyinstagram This past Wednesday, Academy alum @ericszmanda stopped by the LA campus to chat with current students and alumni. From his experience attending The Academy to his celebrated career on CSI and new opportunities in theatre and TV, Eric took us through his continuing journey and offered some sound advice to our young actors. What a truly inspirational evening!

Update: More pictures!

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Happy new year!!

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Everyone! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends xx

Celebrating Hannukah

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Picture This

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