About Abel Intermedia

Our Mission

Abel Intermedia is a highly regarded casting and talent development company. Founded in 2001 as Barbara Barna Casting, our services have expanded from casting break-out hits in cable television to include innovative and effective on-camera coaching, media training, personal brand strategies, consulting and personal management.


Barbara Barna Abel

Barbara has an eye for talent whether she’s casting or bringing out someone’s best as an on-camera coach and media trainer.

Barbara believes passionately that everyone has a story to tell and is committed to helping clients find their authentic voice. Her clients include television networks, PR firms, athletes, models, celebrity chefs, business executives and young creatives.

As a casting director, Barbara has worked on over 100 unscripted/alternative projects since launching her business in 2001 and among the talent she discovered or gave early breaks to: Adam Richman, Amy Schumer, Bert Kreischer, Carson Kressley, Chrissie Teigen, Clinton Kelly, Jake Tapper, Jeff Probst, Ted Allen, Thom Felicia, Wayne Brady…

Barbara started in entertainment as music director of her college radio station (KSPC, Claremont, CA) and making tea for powerhouse ‘80s musical acts like Culture Club and Human League as the first college intern for Virgin Records UK. Read More >>


Steve is in charge of Business Development for Abel Intermedia. An ahead-of-the curve creative professional, Steve is an accomplished musician (sax and flute) having studied with Max Roach and Billy Taylor at the University of Massachusetts. He is a committed hockey/lacrosse dad and is still deciding Nets vs Knicks.



Maria is Abel Intermedia’s resident Acting and Voice Coach and resume ninja wordsmith. A proud daughter of Buffalo, NY, you have seen Maria on television, on stage and heard her voice on TV & radio commercials, podcasts and narrating corporate content for companies and brands around the world. Visit VoiceByMaria.


I interviewed a number of leading media coaches who were recommended by a top agent. Barbara’s name was included in the list. I was nervous about focusing attention on what I thought were irreversible communications challenges. From the very start, even in our initial phone introduction, Barbara approached me in a way that is uniquely hers; a blend of smart, intuitive, gentle, and forward-thinking. Her approach is bespoke; neither boiler-plate nor one-size-fits-all. She has been both gentle and firm as well as highly skilled in sizing up my specific needs and working collaboratively with me on breaking some deeply embedded habits. It has been a joyful experience. Fun not fearful. I trust Barbara’s guidance unconditionally and I also refer my own clients to her, many of whom are senior executives.

Roy Cohen – Executive Coach and Author of The Wall Street Professionals Survival Guide



We enjoy a well-earned reputation for being creative professionals with an impressive track record for finding break-out talent across all genres.



Today everyone needs to be good on camera. We offer some of the most innovative and effective private media training and on-camera coaching anywhere.



Classes are small, intimate, innovative and effective. We value providing personalized attention and a safe, supportive, creative environment.