Casting code of ethics to be developed to tackle ‘degrading’ process

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A code of ethics is to be developed to improve the treatment of performers during the casting process.

Equity member Lubna Kerr put forward a motion proposing that the council work with professional bodies including the Agents’ Association, BECTU, the Casting Directors’ Guild, Directors UK and the Film Artistes’ Association towards the development of a set of “agreed clear published principles” for castings.

The code of ethics will develop industry-wide standards to tackle perceived issues within what Kerr described as a “degrading casting process”, such as lack of communication and feedback, as well as bad treatment and last-minute changes.

Meanwhile, Sian Jones, chair of the Kent branch, put forward a motion expressing concern at the idea that members were being consciously excluded from casting calls as a result of where they live.

Performers proposed that Equity investigate the “postcode discrimination” under which information is filtered off the further away from a cultural centre, such as London or Manchester, performers are based.

Both motions were passed with overwhelming support.