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SAG completes online casting directory

iActor contains nearly 24,000 member resumes

The Screen Actors Guild has completed the launch of its year-old iActor online casting directory, which includes nearly 24,000 member resumes.

SAG announced Tuesday that the site has been enhanced to allow casting directors and producers to verify an actor’s union eligibility for work in SAG-signatory productions — also known as “Station 12” cast clearance.

SAG also touted the site’s customizable search function, allowing casting directors to sort actors into lists according to personal work methodology, credits, skills and geographic locations.

“We know that the industry’s heading in the digital direction, and we want to lead the way,” said Steve Graham, SAG’s director of online casting.

Graham also noted that the resumes on the site — which will see its availability expanded well beyond the current 100 or so casting directors — represent a cross-section of earnings and geographic locations.

Graham said the site’s launch last year was first aimed at assembling as many resumes — including headshots and reels — as possible and then starting to bring the town’s major casting agencies aboard. National exec director Doug Allen noted that the site is tied in with SAG’s 75th anniversary.

“Our union has a 75-year history providing relevant benefits to our members as well as the entertainment community,” he said. “Clearly the Internet has changed the casting paradigm. It’s our duty to respond with a real-time, high-impact production tool that levels the playing field for talent and the industry and can help create access to job opportunities for our members, no matter where they live and work.”

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