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The Campbell Agency

Nancy Campbell
Agency President
Director of Fashion and Commercial Print

Nancy Campbell's professional life began with a career in advertising at the now-legendary Wells, Rich, Greene... known at the time as one of the most creative, ground-breaking advertising agencies in the industry. Working her way up from receptionist to creative secretary, and into production, Nancy gained an intimate knowledge of ad agency life and the creative process.

After an agency client-shuffle and reorganization, Nancy landed on her feet on the other side of the camera— as an actress. Eight years later, with substantial performance experience (and a little table-waiting) under her belt, Nancy began working at the Norton Agency, booking talent for commercials, industrials, film and commercial print. It was here that Nancy found her true calling.

In October of 1989, Nancy founded The Campbell Agency. Using her broad experience as a base, she recruited the finest talent and the finest agency personnel she could find, and began fulfilling the needs of producers, directors and photographers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, across the United States, and around the world.

Since the agency's inception, Nancy has supported the local industry through corporate membership in organizations like Texas Film/Tape Professionals, and has contributed financial and personnel resources to various children's charities. The agency's projects have included a fashion show to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Nancy's other projects include important missions to Paradise Island in the Bahamas — including an in-depth investigative tour of the Atlantis Resort.

Nancy Johnson
Director of Broadcast

Nancy Tasker Johnson has long been a force to be reckoned with... all the while being known for her warmth and personal attention. Since 1975, Nancy has represented broadcast, film and print performers for Dallas agencies including The Kim Dawson Agency, The Norton Agency, Dallas International Artists and Mike Beaty. Her experience also includes founding and operating her own artist management firm, The Bureau, in addition to time spent on the other side of the desk as a casting director with Barbara Brinkley Casting.

Over the years, Nancy has gained extensive experience in public relations, marketing and contract negotiation, and a strong knowledge of SAG/AFTRA codes and contracts. In 1991, she brought these skills and her own very personal style of client relations to The Campbell Agency.

Nancy has helped guide several young Dallas actors to "The Big Show," including Lou Diamond Phillips, Vanessa Martinez (featured in several John Sayles movies, among others), Erica Page ("Second Noah") and Thomas Haden Church, to name just a few... and more are on the way.

Amazingly, it seems that Nancy has found some spare moments to serve as founder-director of the American Cancer Society Tennis Classic, and to be active with the Girl Scouts of America, Texas Film/Tape Professionals, Women in Film, the Writers Guild of America, the Dallas Producers' Association, and many philanthropic organizations. Nancy is an alumnus of North Texas University and Texas Womens University.

Nancy is also known to have a talent for being in two places at once; while her head remains in Dallas, her heart periodically wanders off to New Mexico.

Sharon Hendricks Howell
Broadcast

Sharon began her agency career in 1984 as business manager for The Norton Agency. The next few years saw a series of advancements as she became the voice-over agent at Houston's Sherry Young Agency, followed by a stint as the broadcast agent at Industry/Dallas.

In 1989, Sharon shipped out to Los Angeles to work as a casting assistant for the TV shows "A Different World" and "Beauty and the Beast," and as an assistant agent at Gores/Fields Talent Agency.

Sharon returned to Dallas and joined the Kim Dawson agency as an agent before opening her own boutique agency, Double Take Talent, in 1996. In 2001, she and her select clients joined forces with The Campbell Agency. 2002 marks Sharon's 18th year helping actors advance their careers, and helping herself to jellybeans on others' desks.

Peter John
Fashion / Commercial Print

After graduation from Texas Tech University in 1983 and a modeling career of 11 years, Peter John was hired and trained by Elite Model Management, New York. Peter was so valuable to the agency that he was brought to Dallas to open a new branch office. Nancy Campbell recognized his talent, and in August of 1996, hired Peter to help make The Campbell Agency a premier source for models in the Southwestern United States.

Peter is proud that since its founding, The Campbell Agency has become one of the most recognized agencies in the modeling and commercial world... and that his voice has become one of the most recognized telephone voices in the known universe.

Kate Lazar
Fashion / Commercial Print

Kate Lazar joined us in September 2005. Her primary duties are scouting and developing new models – something she knows a bit about having been a model herself.

Before landing in Texas, Kate traveled the country scouting for one of New York’s best known modeling agencies for their Annual Model Search. Her ability to know what the market is looking for will help you and us stay on top of our game. And it doesn’t hurt that she has a degree in Public Relations!

As an official Jersey girl, she has been known to break into a wild frenzy if she hears Bon Jovi. Don’t worry, she can still rock the runway… and we’re teaching her to say y'all.

Barbara Blanchette
Co-Director, Childrens Division

Barbara started in the film business in 1981 as a casting assistant and extras coordinator for "Dallas", "Places in the Heart" and the numerous TV movies that were kind enough to film in Texas during "The Boom". She continued through the 90's casting and coordinating on "Necessary Roughness", "Dr T and the Women" and the popular "Walker Texas Ranger". Basically, anyone who has been on a film or tv set in the last 20 years has gotten there with Barbara's help!

Through the years she branched out on her own, casting commercials for such clients as Radio Shack, Boy Scouts of America and Black Eyed Pea Restaurants.

Due to her work on "Walker", she dealt with many professional and non-professional children through Kick Drugs out of America, the Special Olympics and the Texas Youth Commission.

In addition to her professional duties, Barbara has managed to raise two almost grown children. With her outstanding professional accomplishments, coupled with her understanding of what is required of children and their parents, she will be an excellent guide for our littlest clients... with or without backpack and compass.

Diana Dyer
Co-Director, Childrens Division

Diana is excited to be working in the Campbell Kids Department. She joins the agency side after spending ten years as an assistant casting for such projects as "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Dangerous Curves" and various tv commercials and made-for-TV movies.

Diana attended Texas Tech University, studying both radio/tv/film and dance.

She has four children of her own, all of whom have been in the business. This makes her uniquely qualified to assist both clients and parents in our highly competitive market. A double agent? Perhaps. But she's *our* double agent.

Laura Gene Bussinger
Business Manager

Laura Gene sets the standard for the perfect balance. She has a degree in Radio/TV/Film from UT Austin and a business background in accounting and finance. She is happy to be working in the entertainment industry while the staff and clients are in awe of her knack for numbers!

Professionally, she has interned for production companies and an Austin talent agency, so she can approach every business issue from a balanced perspective.

In her spare time, she volunteers for several local charitable organizations and moonlights as a booking agent for a local band. She also has experience in set design and production coordinating so we expect to have the office redecorated and the files organized momentarily.


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