December 09, 2005

Gays v. New York

I read this on and had to repost…

See, itâs not so much that a New York State appeals court yesterday overturned a Manhattan judgeâs February ruling that would have allowed gays to marry. (That was, alas, to be expected.) Itâs more the language that was used in upholding the status quo. No âweâre sympathetic but the court overstepped its boundsâ; no âitâs fundamentally unfair but a matter that must be left to the legislature.â Oh, no. Instead it was grafs like:

The law assumes that a marriage will produce children and affords benefits based on that assumption. It sets up heterosexual marriage as the cultural, social and legal ideal in an effort to discourage unmarried childbearing.â

Marriage laws are not primarily about adult needs for official recognition and support but about the well-being of children and society, and such preference constitutes a rational policy decision.

Because of course gay marriage would be detrimental to âthe well-being of children and society.â Even here in good olâ blue-state New York.

Posted by Clint at 09:46 AM

December 04, 2005

Portand out-kicks Penn State to advance at College Cup

[NOTE: The finals are airing today on 12/4/05 ESPN2 @ 10AM Pacific Time.]


After 110 minutes and nine penalty kicks, the first College Cup semifinal came down to two Hermann Trophy finalists facing off from 12 yards apart. Portland and Penn State played to a 0-0 draw and with the penalty kicks tied at 3, Sinclair calmly went left side to leave Erin McLeod guessing wrong and the Pilots moving on to Sunday’s final, where they will play UCLA, a 4-0 winner over Florida State, in the other semifinal at the Aggie Soccer Stadium on Friday. The Pilots celebrated on the field after Sinclair’s shot hit the back of the net, but were a little more subdued about the result later, almost apologetic. “I hate to win games on penalty kicks,” Portland coach Garrett Smith said “There were two undefeated teams out there and we knew going into the penalty kicks that one of us was going to have an undefeated season and not win the national championship, which is a shame.” Penalty kicks go down as a tie on a teams record. The Pilots will go into the final with a 22-0-2 mark. Penn State finished the season at 23-0-2. In the penalty kick session, Tiffany Weimar put Penn State up, but was immediately matched by Megan Rapinoe. Then the keepers both stepped up like they had all game. Portland’s Cori Alexander guessed right and got a hand on a well-struck shot by Carmelina Moscato. McLeod then matched her, getting a left hand on Lisa Sari’s PK. Allie Long put Penn State back up, and Angie Woznuk tied it at 2. Heather Tomko went left side low, but Alexander, who went through a little ritual of touching both goalposts before each kick, was there with an outstretched right hand. “Our goalkeeper coach advocates a little gamesmanship [when facing a penalty kick],” Alexander said of her routine. “Anything you can do to throw the field player off helps. They try to make penalty kicks a routine, and if you can intimidate them a little, it gives you an advantage.” It gave the Pilots the advantage they needed. So did Colleen Salisbury, who had not played during regulation or the overtime and on her first touch of the game beat McLeod to her right side. Smith said he put the senior in cold because she has yet to miss from the penalty spot and that being left footed gave McLeod something different to look at. In the fifth and final round, the Nittany Lions’ Sheree Gray left Alexander flat-footed to tie it, leaving Sinclair, the nation’s leading goal scorer and last year’s Hermann Trophy winner (player of the year), alone to win it. “Obviously, PKs is never a good way to end a game, much less a season,” Penn State coach Paula Wilkins said. Sinclair nearly ended it twice in the final two minutes of the second overtime. The first time she let Penn State off the hook by mishitting a shot from in close, after a nice buildup by Sinclair, Lindsey Huie and Sari. The second chance, from the top left side of the penalty box, left McLeod watching as the ball hit the right post. “I finally found some open space and had a chance with my left foot but I hit it with my purse,” Sinclair said of the first shot. ”[On the second chance] had an all right angle and struck it cleanly and thought it was going in, but the post got in the way.” Portland, going into the wind, had the best of the opportunities in the first half, with perhaps the two best chances coming in the first 10 minutes. Angie Woznuk made Erin McLeod dive to her left to stop a dipping shot from the top of the box. Five minutes later, Rapinoe took control on a hustle play and then found Sinclair, who left-footed a shot that sent McLeod diving to her left again. McLeod got just enough of the ball to send it just outside the right post. The Pilots next dangerous ball started with keeper Alexander sending it to Sinclair, who headed it on to Natalie Budge. Budge, who was free, hit her shot above the cross bar. McLeod was called on one more time, before the end of the half denying Lindsey Huie. “Erin had a world class game and we knew we had to have it,” Wilkins said. “She showed she was a world class goalkeeper tonight.” Fellow senior and the Nittany Lions’ other choice for the Hermann Trophy echoed her coaches feelings. “Erin had one of the best games I’ve ever seen a goalkeeper have, and I’ve seen a lot of soccer games,” Weimar said. On the final Portland attempt of the half, McLeod got help from Tomko, who hustled across the box to clear a Woznuk cross that was ticketed to Sinclair just outside the 6-yard box. Penn State’s best two threats in regulation came on restarts from just outside the penalty box. Alexander turned away both, the first with the help of the cross bar. Jean Rettig rocketed a shot for the top shelf that Alexander just touched enough to have the ball bound off the cross bar. Late in regulation, Alexander spoiled Carmelina Moscato’s blast by diving to her right and while parallel to the ground just getting a fist on it, sending it over the line. “That’s my job to put any part of my body on it to stop it,” Alexander said. “They work their butt off out there in front of me so the best I can do is make a save or two for them.” The Nittany Lions had their moments in the first half but for the most part never really tested Alexander. Gray had time midway through the half but had her shot deflected for a corner by a defender. McLeod may have came closest to scoring, taking a free kick from just inside the midfield line that Alexander had to turn away from the far post for a corner after appearing to misjudge the speed of the ball.

NOTES - It was the second time in College Cup history that a game ended in a scoreless tie. The other time was in 1986 between Colorado College and UMass. CC advanced on PKs … Portland is 3-1-1 against Penn State, including 2-0-1 in the tournament. .. The semifinal was the first time this season Penn State had been held scoreless. … Sinclair, last year’s Hermann Trophy winner and this year’s leading scorer, has gone three games without a point.

Posted by Clint at 05:40 AM

October 05, 2005

You've Got Mail

The following is a picture of an 8x10 foam core sign that the mail room guy brought me yesterday. I feel like a modest card would have MORE than sufficed. Yes, I am sad to admit that I have sold my soul to the Rupert Murdoch and the neo-con death cult in exchange for same-sex benefits. Cody, feel free to verbally berate me. I am able to sleep by lulling myself with the belief that I am going to infect it from the inside out with my liberal propaganda. Does anyone have any good leaflet slogans?

Posted by Clint at 08:19 AM

August 22, 2005

The Miss Education of Jenna Bush...

Pardon while I take a moment to toot my boyfriend’s horn and not in the disgusting way you’re all thinking right now you perverts.

David, that’s my boyfriend’s name, is a very talented costume designer and his new show premiered about two weeks ago at the New York International Fringe Festival to stellar reviews. It’s been getting amazing press. The New York Times, The Daily News, The Associated Press,, People Magazine. It’s called The Miss Education of Jenna Bush It’s been such a critical success and the most exciting thing is that it’s looking like it might transfer Off-Broadway and follow in the footsteps of other NY Fringe Festival success stories like “Urinetown” and “Matt and Ben.” It’s a one woman show starring Melissa Rauch (she went to college with David and I and is now a correspondent on VH1’s Best Week Ever). Melissa plays Jenna on the evening before she starts teaching elementary school. The show has it’s fair share of Bush-bashing but Melissa, who co-wrote the piece with her boyfriend Winston, manages to bring some heart into the piece also showing Jenna as an un-sure 20-something who’s out of excuses and ways to avoid being an adult. It manages to be hysterically funny and at time touching without being completely cliche. Anyway, I just thought I’d share because I’m so proud of David’s success with the show as well as all of our friends. Almost everyone invoved from the director to the stage manager to the set and lighting designers are people that we went to college with which is so cool because they’re all so young. Below is a press shot from opening night. The entire production staff, as a joke, decided to dress up as secret service men. David’s in the back row, 2nd from the right. Anyway, that’s it.


Posted by Clint at 06:21 PM

June 20, 2005

Does This C*ckring make me look fat?

Another year, another night of toned and tanned naked asses shakin in my face to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year my boyfriend, David, designed a few of the costumes and associate designed 2 of the dance number. Hopefully, next year he’ll actually get to design a number himself. This, of course meant that I had to stay up until 2 AM helping him rhinestone thongs and jockstraps the night before the show. Not the way i envisioned spending my Sat. night, however, it was all for a good cause and the show raised over $600,000 for BC/EFA. Special Guests for the evening were, Tim Curry, Bruce Vilanch, David Hyde Pierce and Christina Applegate along with most of the Broadway community. Of course I went to the midnight show last night and didn’t get to bed until 4 AM. Needless to say, I’m sucking down the Starbucks this morning in a desperate attempt to stay awake at work today, but it was all worth it and I’m already looking forward to next year.

Posted by Clint at 12:33 PM

May 24, 2005

I look like a [bleep]'in Blueberry!!!

I am pleased to announce that the three comedic geniuses behind the late great MTV sketch comedy show “The State” and the cult classic movie “Wet Hot American Summer,” have a new show that will be premiering on Comedy Central on June 28th. The show is called “Stella” and it is written, executive produced, and starring, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain. It’s based on a comedy show they’ve been perfoming in downtown Manhattan for about 8 years. The writing is hysterical, the guest stars have been amazing so far, and most importantly, I’m the casting assistant on the project. Anyway, tune in on June 28th to check it out on Comedy Central. If anyone wants anymore info on the show, there’s a site that one of the fans of the live show put up. It’s here

As a side note, did anyone who catch Lindsay Lohan on SNL this past week? I almost peed my pants laughing during the Appalachian Emergency Room sketch when she kicks her leg up while doing a cheerleading routine, yelps in pain, and declares, “I think I popped my cooter bone.” I almost died laughing.

Posted by Clint at 11:05 AM

May 15, 2005


1. You start to notice Donkey Lips in bit parts on various TV shows.

2. You avoid the phrase “I don’t know” for fear of being slimed.

3. You’re amused to discover that when you squeeze a Ken doll’s head together, he looks like Marc Summers.

4. Your lifelong dream is to be hit in the face with a pie.

5. All your stories begin with, “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…”

6. You spend months trying to figure out what happened to Buddy’s dog on Hey Dude.

7. Whenever your friends are frustrated, you try to sell them a cardboard product.

8. Your answering machine plays the closing song to The Elephant Show… and you brag that you still know all the hand motions.

9. You still have your Eureeka’s Castle puppets from Pizza Hut.

10. Every time your friend Sam wants to come over, you make him climb in the window so you can play the sound clip.

11. You wear your T-shirt from the Double Dare Live Tour in 1994 with pride.

12. As a child, you always dreamed of the days when you’d be old enough to compete on Get the Picture or Make the Grade.

13. You have pictures of your Maple Town dolls getting married.

14. You made your own Weinerizer for your little cousins to play with.

15. You were one of Nickelodeon Magazine’s beta subscribers.

16. You can recite all the good deeds in the original Big Help slogan… in order.

17. You made your parents sign up for Prodigy so that you could go on-line and interact with U to U every week.

18. You remember watching the premiere of All That and thinking, “This isn’t funny…”

19. Your motto for success is “Mind + Will Power = Goal” because that’s what the guys told you on Welcome Freshman.

20. You were afraid to swing too high on your swing set for fear you’d turn into “Inside Out Boy.”

21. After years of failing to win Nick’s Super Toy Run or Nick Takes Over Your School, you write Nick a letter complaining that their contests are rigged.

22. You write to Soap Opera Digest’s “Ask Us” column to find out what happened on the last episode of Fifteen.

23. When you have to write a college essay on the person you idolize most, your subject is Mike O’Malley.

24. You still refer to the first day of the school week as Mega-Toon Monday.

25. Your dream house would have the easychair from Roundhouse, orange walls, a pool of green slime, and a big orange couch.

Posted by Clint at 10:48 AM

January 28, 2005

Casting directors threaten to strike

Hollywood Reporter
Jan. 27, 2005

Casting directors threaten to strike

By Jesse Hiestand
Hollywood’s casting directors threatened Wednesday to walk off the job early next week if they are not allowed to organize under the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The absence of the 500 casting directors would affect pilot season casting but, most significantly, keep truck drivers, location managers and other members of Teamsters Local 399 in Los Angeles and Local 817 in New York from crossing the picket lines. That immediately could disrupt feature film and television production, giving union organizers some leverage in trying to force the hand of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

The warning was conveyed to about 300 casting directors, location managers and actors during a rally at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills. Teamsters vp Jim Santangelo drew a standing ovation when he relayed a message from Teamsters president James P. Hoffa in Washington.

“Whatever the cost, you will bring those people into our union — that’s what he said to me,” said Santangelo, directing his wrath at the studios and networks that negotiate through the AMPTP. “These people on Mahogany Row, who want to dictate and call all the shots, who say you are individual (contractors), I say kiss my ass. If we stick together, we will kick their ass. Believe me when I tell you about that.”
AMPTP president and chief negotiator Nick Counter said the Teamsters run the risk of breaching the “no strike” clause of their contract, which limits work actions to disputes with the AMPTP.

“If the Teamsters engage in any job action, it would be in violation of their contract with the AMPTP, and we will take all steps necessary to remedy that violation,” Counter said.

That remedy could take the form of lawsuits to recoup lost production expenses. The pilot season is only now getting under way as the broadcast networks finalize their pilot orders for the upcoming season.

A job action involving the casters would be the first labor action in Hollywood since actors went out for six months in 2000 over their commercials contract. It also would be perhaps the first job action over organizing since the 1940s.

The Teamsters most recently went on strike in 1988, a monthlong walkout that led to the hiring of replacement drivers.

The two sides are next set to meet Tuesday. The casting directors say they will begin a work stoppage shortly afterward if they do not get what they want.

The casting directors insist they are employees who should be allowed to collectively bargain in the same way as directors, writers, actors and most other production professionals.

AMPTP maintains that the casters are not legally entitled to unionize because they are independent contractors who additionally make employment decisions.

Industry officials say they are sympathetic to the desire for benefits and recently tried to defuse the situation by offering health and pension benefits, mostly likely under the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. Similar benefits already are offered to other nonunion workers, including producers and production accountants.

The casters rejected that offer because they reportedly want full union rights, including guarantees regarding minimum wages and working conditions.

“We’ll do what we have to do to get the job done,” Local 399 secretary-treasurer Leo Reed told the rally Wednesday. “All I’m saying to the heads of the studios is show me that you are reasonable, show me that you care.”

Added Local 399 business agent Steve Dayan, “We’re here to urge the AMPTP to recognize this deserving group of people without forcing the casting directors into a potential work stoppage.”

Miguel Contreras, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said the threat of a Teamsters strike should not be taken lightly.

“Not only are they large, but they’re known for their fight — they don’t back down,” Contreras said. “Labor’s going to fight so everyone gets the respect they deserve as working men and women.”

AFTRA national president John Connolly said that the casting directors already had gotten a taste of the picket line by marching last year in support of striking supermarket workers in Los Angeles.

SAG, DGA and WGA also have “no strike” clauses that prevent them from joining in any work stoppage. Still, those unions have expressed their support, with DGA president Michael Apted noting recently, “This is a simple matter of fairness.”

Other expressing sympathy for the casters include Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and dozens of high-profile actors, writers and directors from Tim Allen and George Clooney to Taylor Hackford, Martin Scorsese and Joe Roth.

“It’s unbelievable that in 2005, they still do not have health benefits or pension,” Scorsese said in a statement.

Efforts to have some of those notable artists show up at Wednesday’s rally fell a little short, but actors Marcia Gay Harden and Janel Moloney did voice their support.

“It seems that the fear is that one more person on the boat might sink it, but I think our industry is great enough to be inclusive, to be idealistic enough to realize it’s the right thing to do,” Harden said.

Casting associate Jen Lansky said after the rally: “It would be wonderful to have health insurance. When I go to the doctor now, I pay cash.”

Legendary casting director Mike Fenton, a founder and former president of the Casting Society of America, said he was primarily concerned for young members who have not yet found the success to get by without benefits. He noted, though, that casting directors had personally defeated two previous attempts to unionize.

“This time it’s going to happen because the Teamsters believe and our younger members believe in the union of our strength,” Fenton said.

Posted by Clint at 12:09 AM

Casters Confronting 'No Strike' Demand?

1/26 Backstage

Casters Confronting ‘No Strike’ Demand?

By Roger Armbrust
 The nation’s casting directors — seeking to form a union affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters — say they are now seeing “no strike” clauses in individual contracts with film studios. But a spokesperson for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) questions why studios would do that for independent contractors, which is how the producers classify casting directors.

The steering committee for the casting directors’ organizing effort on Monday sent out an e-mail to casters stating, “Recently the studios have been adding ‘No Strike Clause’ language to our contracts. The Teamster lawyers have told us to cross out that language and then sign your contracts. We must all be firm about this. If everyone does it they can’t make it stick.”

No-strike clauses most commonly appear in collective bargaining agreements. Such clauses are basically a union pledge not to strike or to engage in work slowdowns or job actions during the life of the contract. According to the website for U.S. Legal Forms, a union often agrees to such a clause in exchange for a grievance arbitration provision. Union members could be fired for going on strike and breaking the no-strike clause.

There are occasions, however, when union members can break a no-strike clause — for example, walking off the job if the employer fails to provide promised benefits.

A lack of benefits has been the driving force behind the casting directors’ desire to organize. The Teamsters union is strongly supporting the casters’ effort. At press time Tuesday, the two groups planned to stay on schedule with a Wednesday press conference to state the casting directors’ intent to walk off the job if the AMPTP maintains its refusal to bargain on a first-time pact with the casters.

Steve Dayan, a business agent with the Teamsters’ Local 399 in Los Angeles, who has worked with casting directors on both coasts, indicated to Back Stage on Tuesday that he wasn’t surprised by the studios’ no-strike-clause effort.

“Obviously, the studios are doing their job,” Dayan commented. “They’re putting pressure on the casting directors. We fully expected that. They’re doing their job and we’re going to do our job. I think we’re both dealing with the issues as they come up.”

Dayan noted that the steering committee’s message wasn’t exactly accurate. He said that Teamsters lawyers had not advised the casting directors on the studios’ no-strike clause, but that he was the one who had counseled the casters: “I basically told the casting directors like I tell the location managers: If there’s something in your deal memorandum that you don’t want in there, cross it out.”

But Barbara Brogliatti, a spokesperson for the AMPTP, said at press time Tuesday, “The casting directors are independent contractors, and I’m sure every one of the contracts is different. I can’t speak on behalf of every single studio. That’s not what we do. You need to get a lawyer.”

She added that she didn’t see a need for the no-strike clause in an individual contract since it is meant for a collective bargaining agreement. If casting directors, as independent contractors, don’t show up for a job, it’s a breach of contract, Brogliatti said.

Brogliatti also emphasized that, a week ago, the AMPTP had offered casting directors health and pension benefits, but the casters turned down the offer. (See Back Stage’s lead story in the Jan. 20 issue, “Casters Say ‘Nay’ To AMPTP Offer.”)

Back Stage re-contacted the Teamsters’ Dayan, who continued to insist that the studios were including the no-strike clause in casting directors’ pacts.

Dayan refused to comment on specifics regarding the scheduled Wednesday press conference. He would say only that it was partially to allow other unions to maintain a show of solidarity with the casting directors. The nation’s major actors’ unions — the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors’ Equity Association — all have endorsed the casting directors’ efforts to organize. So have the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. In fact, the e-mail from the casting directors’ steering committee stated that the Wednesday press conference would take place at the Writers Guild in Los Angeles at 10 am PST Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the casting directors and the Teamsters union are running ads in industry trade papers listing celebrities who support the casters’ efforts, with emphasis on health and pension benefits. The celebrity names include Tim Allen, Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, and on down the alphabet to Denzel Washington and Reese Witherspoon

Posted by Clint at 12:07 AM

Lights. Industrial action!

1/20 The Economist

Lights. Industrial action!

Jan 20th 2005 | HOLLYWOOD

A strike looms in Hollywood

IS HOLLYWOOD, so accustomed to luvvy-duvvy self-congratulation (this month the Golden Globes, next month the Oscars), about to indulge in a hardball labour dispute? America’s 500-or-so casting directors and associatesâthe unsung people-brokers who select actors for a film’s director or producerâare threatening to strike if the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) refuses to grant them union recognition and health and pension benefits.

Since the AMPTP represents the big studios and, by extension, big corporations such as General Electric and Viacom, it might seem an unequal contestâexcept that the Casting Society of America (CSA), representing 368 of the casting directors, has the backing of the 1.4m-strong, much feared International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Teamsters represent some 4,100 studio drivers, location managers and location scouts, and their refusal to cross picket lines would be hard to ignore. In other words, the AMPTP has a bit of a headache, made worse by the need this week to resume negotiations for a new three-year contract with the 98,000-member Screen Actors Guildâbrilliantly satirised recently in the movie âTeam Americaâand the 80,000-strong American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

Even so, the studios are not about to admit defeat. In an informal meeting with the CSA last week, the AMPTP offered to provide health and pension benefits (âthe studios are very sympathetic,â says one studio insider), but remained adamantly opposed to unionisation. Its position ahead of a meeting scheduled for early next month is that the casting directors are independent contractors: if they form a collective bargaining unit they will automatically be in breach of federal and state antitrust lawsâand the Teamsters will be guilty of inducing them to breach their contracts with the studios.

Yet virtually every other group in Hollywood, from scriptwriters to costume designers, belongs to a guild or union that negotiates working conditions. Moreover, as the CSA pointed out late last week in an advertisement in the trade press, âalmost all other groups, including actors, directors, writers, drivers, location managers, production office co-ordinators, grips, electricians, editors, costumers and craft servicesâ receive health insurance and a pension plan. Steve Dayan, of the Los Angeles Teamsters, says bluntly: âForget the legal issues. Morally and ethically the studios should be taking care of these people.â The studios may be ready to agree benefits, he says, but without a union to protect them, how can the casting directors be sure that the agreements will be kept?
Embarrassingly for the studios, many movie people agree. As Woody Allen puts it: âCasting directors are responsible for the one element that holds audiences in thrall more than any other: the cast. How can they not be afforded the health and retirement benefits the rest of the community enjoys? I support their unionisation effort.â Gone are the days when the seductive power of the casting couch over aspiring stars was compensation enough

The committee then explained, “Today, we posed the question to the AMPTP: If they have union agreements with all our peers, why not us?”

The answer appeared to be that the AMPTP has stuck to its offer of non-affiliate status.

The casting leaders also noted that they are continuing to advertise the casters’ position in trade-publication ads “and urging our producers, directors, and friends to support us.”

Earlier in 2004, the casting directors — communicating through the Teamsters union — had asked the AMPTP to recognize them as a union. The AMPTP refused, arguing that the casters were independent contractors.

In mid-December, over 400 casters met in both New York and Los Angeles, “overwhelmingly” voting to align with the 1.4-million-member Teamsters union. By late December, the AMPTP had told the Teamsters to be prepared to go to court should the casting directors move to strike. The producers opined that planning a strike violates both federal antitrust and state unfair-competition laws.

The threat deterred neither the Teamsters nor the casters, with Teamster leaders — led by General President James P. Hoffa — writing to the AMPTP, expressing their dedicated support of the casting directors. The union and casting directors also were preparing to call a press conference as early as this week to announce whether the casters would strike. That plan evidently led the AMPTP to meet with the casters and the Teamsters union last Friday. Steve Dayan, a business representative for the Teamsters’ L.A. local, said on Tuesday that the press conference had been rescheduled for Jan. 26. Dayan said he would not comment on last Friday’s meeting.

On Monday, the casting directors’ steering committee, saying it was gathering quotes of support from industry notables, released a brief statement from director Mike Nichols:

“I was shocked to hear that casting directors aren’t provided with the basic benefits that many others receive automatically. So many casting directors have worked tirelessly over the years to provide the best acting ensembles for our films and TV shows. It makes no sense that they be treated any differently than any other key crew members. I support their unionization effort.”Â

In the meantime, the Teamsters and casters were to begin running ads in entertainment trade publications this week to inform the public of their stance, Dayan said.

Posted by Clint at 12:05 AM

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