Casting professionals who are also actors were prohibited from applying for an elected position at SAG-AFTRA. The verdict was delivered today at a meeting of the union’s national governing body. Casting professionals who are considered “management” are no longer allowed to serve as members of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committees and as delegates to the union’s biennial conventions.
The ban, which came as a referral from the 2019 agreement to the board of directors, applies to anyone who “works regularly as a casting professional, including, but not limited to, casting directors, casting supervisors, casting staff, casting meeting -Directors and casting assistants ”. in accordance with the resolution approved by the Board of Directors. Casting professionals can still be members, but they cannot run for office. Local and national elections will be held across the country later this year.
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“Recruiting professionals who work on behalf of employers are continuously acting in the interests of employers, not union members,” the resolution said.
The SAG-AFTRA constitution already prohibits executives from holding office, and casting professionals have now been added to that list. The Constitution states that any member “who is primarily employed as management, or primarily performs the functions of management in the jurisdiction of the Union, is entitled to a wage as a national officer, a member of the National Board, the Local Board – and working conditions committee, a negotiating committee or a delegate of the convention. Management is defined as anyone who acts primarily and continuously in the interests of an employer or employers and not in the interests of the members of the Union. “
However, the constitution expressly exempts several professional groups who have a significant say in the hiring process, including stunt coordinators, singer entrepreneurs, ADR coordinators, choreographers and choreography assistants.
“I can’t see this being well received by the Casting Society of America, the Commercial Casting Directors Association, and the Session Directors Association,” said one opponent of the new rule. “Many of them are not just members, but their family members often work with them on casting, and their assistants and staff are often members too, all of which are now banned. Casting directors, but certainly staff, assistants and session directors, have no direct control over who is hired, unlike stunt coordinators, choreographers, vocal contractors and ADR coordinators, who all either directly hire our members or have great influence and enter who will be hired. “