Screen Actors Guild today voiced its support for actions by the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and the State labor commissioner, which are cracking down on unlawful fees charged by background casting businesses.
In all, cease-and-desist letters were sent to 14 background casting companies on Wednesday, warning that requiring actors to pay a fee for access to work is a violation of California labor law. L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich sent the letters to background casting companies operating in the city, with the goal of achieving industry-wide compliance.
“Get Your ACT Together” SAG Diversity Careers in Focus Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for actors and entertainment industry professionals to network and learn from each other under one roof. Sponsored by SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, in conjunction with SAG National Spanish Language Media Task Force and SAG President’s National Task Force for American Indians, this day-long career conference features multiple career and talent development workshops and seminars presented by Back Stage, Casting Society of America, iActor, SAG New Media and more!
As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the Disney ABC Television Group's Casting Project will hold auditions for consideration for the ABC Talent Showcase-this opportunity also affords the majority of participants the chance to audition for a variety of ABC (and other networks') pilots and ongoing programming. ABC has a long-standing commitment to promoting diversity in the entertainment industry through a variety of projects administered by its Talent Development & Casting departments.
PHILADELPHIA CAP WORKSHOP
The SAG Foundation is planning to present a Casting Access Project (CAP) on-camera workshop with casting director Kim Moarefi in Philadelphia on the evening of Monday, April 19th. Seating is very limited so CAP-eligible Guild members in the Philadelphia/D.C. area who are interested in attending should send an email, including their name and SAG membership number to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NYCAP WORKSHOPS - April 6th, 7th, 8th
(March 30, 2010)- Screen Actors Guild and Screen Actors Guild Foundation will present "An Evening with Television Casting Directors" live, online and free on Tuesday, March 30, 6-8 p.m. (PT).
This LifeRaft Live Stream event will feature a stellar panel of television casting directors who will share the inside track on what it takes to be effective in the audition room as well as your odds of getting the job, what it takes to earn a living in television, what bargaining power you or your agent have with a television contract, and more!