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CDG welcomes new casting category at the BAFTA’s

“We are thrilled at the news that BAFTA has introduced a category for casting in both their film and television Awards in 2020. The overwhelming industry support since the announcement alone shows just how important this news is to so many of us. We do what we do because we love actors, we love being part of the story telling process, and above all else we are creative people.

The alchemy of casting has long been overlooked in awards categories. I am both personally and professionally over the moon about this most excellent news and on behalf of the Casting Directors’ Guild and its members…and Casting Directors as a whole….send a huge thank you to BAFTA for not one, but two new awards for the craft of casting.

We really hope that the creation of these awards will lead to wider recognition for the huge amount of work that goes into casting for both stage and screen, and instigate further casting categories.

Victor Jenkins, Chair of the Casting Directors’ Guild

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BAFTA Introduces Casting Award – Variety


BAFTA is introducing a casting category for both its film and TV awards for the first time. The British Academy also said Wednesday that it would stick to its guns on the eligibility criteria for films, which allow streamers such as Netflix and Amazon to compete, to the annoyance of some exhibitors.READ MORE


Good Omens: how did so many incredible actors end up in the same cast?

Neil Gaiman’s TV adaptation of the beloved fantasy novel is blessed with a wonderful line-up. speaks to the casting director who helped assembled them…

Michael Sheen and David Tennant. Jon Hamm and Frances McDormand. Benedict Cumberbatch and Anna Maxwell Martin.

From the moment the cast was revealed, the omens were good for Good Omens, Neil Gaiman’s TV adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s beloved fantasy novel.
Leading US stars appear alongside British acting greats, from Nick Offerman to Derek Jacobi, Michael McKean to Miranda Richardson.READ MORE

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What do casting directors look for in auditions? Theatre’s hidden talent spotters reveal the secrets of their trade

What do casting directors look for in auditions? | Theatre’s talent spotters
Casting is the “Cinderella” of the entertainment industry. Or so says actor and writer Mark Gatiss. “Too little attention is paid to the vital, and by no means simple, task of finding the right person, the right mix, the right chemistry for stage, television and film,” he has said.

And The Sherlock and League of Gentlemen star is by no means the only person to think so. The Casting Directors’ Guild is so concerned that the craft is undervalued that it has launched an awards ceremony to celebrate the best in the business.

Read the full story here.