Casting Society of America opens London branch to expand operations in the UK

Photo: Shutterstock CSA says it will be able to work with festivals and education programmes. Photo: Shutterstock
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The Casting Society of America, the US equivalent of the Casting Directors’ Guild, has announced the launch of a branch in London.

CSA is a professional organisation made up of casting directors for film, television and theatre. It was originally founded in California in 1982, however its reach includes Australia, France and the UK.

As its European headquarters, CSA London aims to expand its membership in the region, while encouraging professional practice across Europe.

With a branch in London, the CSA says it will also be able to work with festivals and education programmes, as well as aiming to connect more talent with casting directors.

Matthew Lessall, president of the CSA, said: “With members of the casting community across the world, our London-based branch will serve as a valuable resource in widening the impacts of our mission in a powerful marketplace.”

Casting director Nancy Bishop, who is leading CSA London’s interim board, added: “Although CSA has already been international for a long time, the London office will allow us to be even more active in the European region.”

CSA London is supported by Spotlight and will be based at the organisation’s offices in central London.

CSA London will launch on October 2, and will host panels and events during the BFI London Film Festival on October 4, as well as sponsoring talent competition, Screen Stars of Tomorrow.