Casting service PCR to close

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Theatre and television casting service PCR has announced it is to close after 45 years.

Production and Casting Report was formed in 1968 and has provided a website and weekly newsletter with “auditions, castings and crew calls in the world of film, television and theatre”.

Subscribers, including actors and casting directors, were informed that it was closing at the end of last month via an email, in which PCR’s publisher, Wilmington Publishing and Information Ltd, explained the service was “no longer viable”.

Doug Marshall, publishing director at Wilmington, told The Stage: “The people who subscribe to PCR like the print edition, but we can see that the product won’t be profitable going forward. We would rather cease publication while we still have a good reputation and a good product in terms of quality of information.”

He added: “We have had emails from people saying how sad it is. Like many publications, although PCR has a website, it is best known for its print edition, and there are very few publications with rising print circulation.

“PCR is in that situation where there are fewer subscribers to it than there once were.”

The newsletter dated February 25 was the final printed edition of the service, while the website will remain operating this month with “archive content”.

Casting directors who subscribed to the service have been invited to transfer their membership to Production Intelligence, also part of Wilmington.

However, there is no alternative being offered to actor