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Inaugural casting directors awards set for February 2019

Casting director Andy Pryor Casting director Andy Pryor said his peers had “remained unrecognised” at major awards ceremonies and that their work had been overlooked
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A new awards ceremony honouring casting directors will hold its inaugural event in February next year.

The Casting Awards, run by the Casting Directors’ Guild in partnership with Spotlight, will be held on February 12, at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.

Categories at the ceremony include best casting in a theatre production, which is sponsored by The Stage, best casting in a TV production and an award for outstanding contribution.

Launching the initiative last year, casting director Andy Pryor said his peers had “remained unrecognised” at major awards ceremonies and that their work had been overlooked.

Announcing the first ever event this week, Pryor, who is on the awards committee, said: “Any production – be it film, television drama, theatre or commercial – is heavily reliant on the quality of its casting, which forms an intrinsic part of the creative process.”

He added: “Casting directors are at the vanguard of the quest for new talent and the push for inclusiveness. These new awards give us the opportunity to recognise the significant talent and achievements in this field.” Spotlight chief executive Ben Seale said the organisation had “always believed that the work of casting directors should be celebrated by our industry”. Qualifying productions will have premiered between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

Members of the Casting Directors’ Guild have already submitted productions for consideration, naming the casting director, and a shortlist of nominees is due to be released in January 2019.

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