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CDG Press Release

Nominations announced for the 2nd CDG Casting Awards

The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG) in partnership with Spotlight is pleased to announce the nominations for its second CDG Casting Awards, which will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at Ham Yard Hotel London. This year’s event will feature six award categories: Best Theatre, Best Musical, Best Film, Best TV Drama, Best TV Comedy, Best Commercial. The CDG and Spotlight would like to welcome for the first time, headline sponsors Identity Agency Group.

Victor Jenkins, Chair of the Casting Director’s Guild commented: “We are delighted to present our second year of the CDG Casting Awards – the first of their kind in the UK to celebrate the expertise and significant casting achievements across Film, TV, Theatre and Commercials. The categories have been expanded this year to widen the genres, and as the nominations indicate, the calibre is exceptional. We were thrilled at the news last year that BAFTA has introduced a category for casting in both their film and television Awards and look forward to their debut appearance in this year’s ceremonies.”

The nominations for the 2020 CDG Casting Awards are:

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a Theatre production sponsored by Independent Talent Group

  • Amy Ball for Sweat (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Stuart Burt and Julia Horan for Pinter at the Pinter Season (Harold Pinter Theatre)
  • Isabella Odoffin for Small Island (National Theatre)
  • Robert Sterne for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bridge Theatre)
  • Charlotte Sutton for Death of a Salesman (Young Vic)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in Musical Theatre sponsored by LW Theatres

  • Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher; Casting Assistant Katherine Skene for Come from Away (The Abbey Dublin and The Phoenix Theatre)
  • Will Burton for Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
  • Alastair Coomer and Charlotte Sutton for Company (Gielgud Theatre)
  • Stephen Crockett and David Grindrod for Waitress (Adelphi Theatre)
  • David Grindrod for Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse)
  • Sam Jones for Wise Children (The Old Vic)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a TV Drama sponsored by United Agents

  • Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole for Killing Eve Series 2 (BBC1)
  • Nina Gold and Robert Sterne for Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic in association with HBO)
  • Sam Jones for Black Earth Rising (BBC2 and Netflix)
  • Kate Rhodes James and Daniel Edwards; Casting Associate Gordon Cowell for Line of Duty 5 (BBC1)
  • Kate Rhodes James for The Long Song (BBC1)
  • Andy Pryor; Casting Associate Ri McDaid-Wren for Years and Years (BBC1)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a TV Comedy sponsored by Hamilton Hodell

  • Nicky Bligh for Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4)
  • Lauren Evans for Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Tracey Gillham for After Life Series 1 (Netflix)
  • Tracey Gilham for Catastrophe Series 4 (Channel 4)
  • Kelly Valentine Hendry; Casting Associate Alex Irwin for Ghosts (BBC1)
  • Fiona Weir and Alice Searby; Casting Associate Sarah Wilson for Brassic (Sky One)

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a Film Sponsored by EON Productions

  • Kahleen Crawford for Only You
  • Kahleen Crawford for Wild Rose
  • Jina Jay; Casting Associate Olivia Brittain for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Reg Poerscout-Edgerton for Rocketman
  • Andy Pryor; Casting Associate Ri McDaid-Wren for Stan and Ollie

The 2020 CDG Award for Best Casting in a Commercial

  • Claire Catterson, Kharmel Cochrane, Sasha Robertson, Jessica Ronane, Nicci Topping for John Lewis 2018 Christmas ‘The Boy and the Piano’
  • Martin Gibbons for McCain ‘Differences’
  • Martin Gibbons for British Heart Foundation ‘Boy’
  • Sasha Robertson for Amazon Echo ‘Bedtime Story’
  • Emma Stafford for BBC ‘Wonderland’

The nominated productions premiered between 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019 and have been selected by members of the Casting Directors’ Guild, who will now vote for a winner in each category.

The headline sponsor for the CDG Casting Awards is Identity Agency Group. The Awards are sponsored by LW Theatres, EON Productions, United Agents, Independent Talent Group and Hamilton Hodell, with support from Joe and Steph’s Popcorn, Organise-Us, Branded Talent and RikRak.


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CDG Press Release

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

Read the full story here: link to The Guardian or Variety


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