EXCLUSIVE: The Casting Society of America has decided it will no longer allow postings for internships through its webpage and sent a note out to its membership announcing its change of policy. The move comes after a Deadline story that brought …
An advertisement for an unpaid internship that came through the Casting Society of America seems to go against federal labor laws, especially against the backdrop of a class action lawsuit winding its way through the court system over the case of two former interns that were treated as employees during their work on Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan. Here is the advertisement, confirmed by the CSA, that came through its website via the Sheila Jaffe casting agency:
Busy casting office in Los Angeles looking for a very organized intern to start immediately. Basic administrative duties such as heavy phones, scheduling appointments, running errands and typing. Reading / breakdown of scripts. Assisting department with sessions. Must be MAC efficient and able multi task with ease. Previous experience, knowledge of iMovie and editing video is ideal. UNPAID internship. WHEN APPLYING PLEASE INCLUDE “INTERN” IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE EMAIL. Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal and state labor laws specifically state that “If the employer would have hired additional employees or required existing staff to work additional hours had the interns not performed the work, then the interns will be viewed as employees and entitled to compensation under the FLSA.” FLSA is the Fair Labor Standards Act. When the Sheila Jaffe office was called by Deadline about the advertisement, one of the casting agents said, “Yeah, I know about that.” When I told them that this might run afoul of labor laws, she said, “The thing is, once we bring them in … hold on just a moment … uh, we can’t make a comment on this. We’re probably not going to look for them. So it’s probably not going to go any further.” Oops!
The Casting Society of America’s 29th annual Artios Awards celebrating outstanding achievement in casting were handed out last night in simultaneous ceremonies in LA and NY. On the West Coast, CBS Entertainment boss Nina Tassler received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Linda Lowy the Hoyt Bowers Awards, while Michael J Fox was given the New York Apple Award. Here are this year’s winners in categories covering film, TV and stage:
Related: Casting Society Unveils Artios Nominees
2013 ARTIOS AWARDS WINNERS
Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)
Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Argo,” Lora Kennedy
Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
The Casting Society of America‘s 29th annual Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting will be awarded November 18 at simultaneous ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton and at the XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York. The 22 categories repping film, TV and theater recognize CSA members who use the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. Here are the 2013 nominees announced today: