was founded in 2001.
The following timeline tells the story of our efforts over the past 15 years.
5 REASONS CASTING DIRECTORS SHOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE WORKSHOPS GO from Anne DeAcetis
Casting Society of America Probes Pay-to-Play Workshops Amid Controversy Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter
2010 CSA Guidelines
regarding members and theirs staffs who engage in workshops. How well are workshops and CDs
More recent articles from Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter
New Hollywood Economy: Pay-for-Play Auditions for Actors Gain Dominance
'Criminal Minds' Casting Director Out After Hollywood Reporter Story on Pay-to-Play Workshops
'Vampire Diaries' Casting Director Cancels $185 Workshops Amid Pay-to-Play Scrutiny
State of California Passes Tough New Talent Scam Law from Daily Variety
Los Angeles Manager Pat O'Brien Convicted of Operating "Bait and Switch" Scam
Askaryar Convicted Under AB1319 in Talent Scam Case
See the YouTube video from casting legend, Marci Liroff
ABC 20/20 Workshop Expose CAUGHT ON TAPE
West Workshop Roundtable
Pay Your Money, Take Your Chances -
From Laura Weinert and Rob Kendt
The article from Back Stage West which started it all.
Article from "Casting Connection" -
Teacher/Author Ed Hooks speaks out
Variety - 2/24/2002
Workshops face civil suit - From Dave McNary
First article written regarding the legal opinion from the
California Labor Department
West Article on State Opinion - 2/28/2002
Workshops Face Legal Challenge - From Laura Weinert
BackStage West UPDATE on Enforcement - 3/20/2002
CD Workshops Fight Ruling - From Laura Weinert
The spin begins as the workshop businesses fight to save their hides
West interviews CSA President -
CSA Prexy Slams DaMota even though he takes money
from actors in workshops - From Bonnie Gillespie
"It absolutely needs to be looked at, but CSA is not the place this will be examined.
The CSA encourages its members to participate in only those showcases that members
feel are legitimate and to discourage casting directors and their employees from
participating in ones that aren't up to par."
West Editor on Paid Auditions -
Editorial from Rob Kendt - bingo!
Commissioner Clarifies Legal Opinion -
From the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Board Urges CSA Teaching Guidelines -
xFrom the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement -
trying to give the CSA some direction in protecting their reputation
Variety Update on State Position -
CSA President comments; more justification for casting directors to use their power to take actors' money - From Dave McNary
ABC 7 - "Audition Scams"
Workshop apologist Gary Zuckerbrod misrepresents the law, rationalizes casting director payoffs.
CSA President Gary Zuckerbrod
Variety Announces Public Hearing -
Workshop Coalition presents its case - From Dave McNary
West Announces Public Hearing -
CD Workshops get hearing to make their case
Variety Reports on Public Hearing -
State takes casting role - From Dave McNary
SAG Statement on Workshops -
From SAG Attorney Vicki Shapiro
West Comments on Hearing - 7/10/02
Cast of hundreds weighs in - From Peter Keifer
Variety on Public Hearing "Conduct" - 7/10/02
State Official lambastes workshops - From Dave McNary
West Reports on Public Hearing -
Great Performances - From Laura Weinert
(East) Reports on NYC
Unions' Guard Up on Casting Classes - Roger Armbrust
West Reports on Consent Decree -
Who Will Sign? - From Laura Weinert
West with Consent Decree Update - 9/12/02
Consenting Workshops? - From Laura Weinert
West Publishes Consent Decree -
Variety on Workshop Guideline
Caifornia Cracks down - from Dave McNary
20/20 Pay-to-Play Exposť -
TV's Version of Payola? - from ABC News
West on 20/20 Report -
20/20 Probes CD Workshop - from Laura Weinert
Whither Casting Workshops?
Variety on Declaratory Judgement -
New state regs aim to end 'pay to audition' from Dave McNary
Variety Reports on Workshop Agreement -
State and Workshops Reach Deal - from Dave McNary
Fox News Reports - 1/25/03
"Hollywood's 'Casting Couch' Vulnerable to Lawsuits"
Zuckerbrod in denial again:
"I think those are the myths that Hollywood has surrounding it, but I don't think it [the Casting Couch] actually exists."
West/Rob Kendt -
Warner Brothers "West Wing" Casting Director sells headshots on eBay
from Daily Variety's Claude Brodesser - 8/13/03
WBTV employee bids adieu
Variety, Claude Brodesser
SAG TO ADD ACTING SESHES
Org hoping to crack down on illegal casting classes
Casting Access Project
hearings, the SAG
Foundation put in place the new Casting
Access Project, and although casting directors are still paid,
the program takes the financial burden off the backs of the actors and provides them with FREE ACCESS to those CDs!
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