FOX shifting to using Casting Networks exclusively – What does this mean for YOU and what action steps do you need to take now?
I wanted to share what I’ve learned about FOX’s change from using Breakdown Services (known to actors as Actor’s Access) to Casting Networks (known to LA actors as LA Casting).
How does this affect you as an actor?
We must get all our theatrical materials onto Casting Networks as soon as possible. For LA actors, that means going to www.LAcasting.com, and actors outside of Los Angeles, go to: www.CastingNetworks.com.
-If you don’t have a profile, create one. If you do have a profile, make sure to upload your theatrical headshots, your reels, clips, etc. Make sure your resumes are current.
-Link to your theatrical reps. You have to actually add your agency to your account through a code, you can’t just type it in. Contact your rep for this code if they haven’t sent it to you already.
-If you have reps in more than one market, you should create a Casting Networks profile for yourself and add your agency. Tip: If you have 2 local hire reps, you only need to add all your photos/footage/resume once and then you can call Casting Networks and have them copy it all over to your other profile. You will get one free photo upload for each agency you’re with.
Do you have to make a new profile if you already have an account on LA Casting?
The Skinny/What I’ve learned thus far –
Apparently Cast It and Casting Networks have merged.
Cast It is the platform that is used for casting to upload and share our auditions with studios for approval. www.CastingItTalent.com
Casting Networks, known to Los Angeles actors as LA Casting, is a platform previously used by casting to send out breakdowns for commercial projects to agents and managers, where actors had profiles to market themselves commercially.
Now all of this is changing a bit as Cast It & Casting Networks have merged and FOX has announced that they will exclusively be using Casting Networks to release their breakdowns (actually called “briefs” through this platform) for all their projects – both theatrical and commercial. So, Casting Networks is now being used for both commercial & theatrical breakdowns/briefs.
Why FOX probably made this decision –
Update from Deadline.com
“[Fox TV Group EVP Sharon Klein had been an early adopter and big fan of Cast It, a paid application used by several studios and networks. Since Fox started using it a decade ago, the company has been rechecking its security system each year. While Casting Networks had been talking to Fox about a possible collaboration for a while, when POV Partners recently acquired the company and Cast It in short succession, they made a pitch about a secure end-to-end platform.
“It was a way to make a streamlined process for our casting directors so everything is all in one- briefs, sides, headshots, résumés, demo reels, auditions and all in a secure system,” Klein said.]”
Casting Networks & Cast It developed new advanced technology. For example, casting can easily delete takes in session while taping actors – making things much easier for them. I was told it would save them hours of time. Also, the studios were told that they have developed a new level of security (helping protect against hackers) and studios don’t want info about breakdowns to be getting out publicly, as they believe it weakens the projects.
It seems like other studios may also follow suit and release their breakdowns through Casting Networks, as there are a lot of pros for all involved. Apparently, casting & the studios were also told that using this platform and making this transition, would not cost actors anything. I’m not sure how exactly they meant this or if that’s verbatim what was said.
Thus far, I’ve found this not to be the case. Cast It & LA Casting are free for a basic membership, but if you want a premium membership or if you want to upload more than 1 photo, footage, etc. you have to pay (and the prices are significantly higher than Breakdown Services). I was told by a major casting office to voice my concerns about cost to Casting Networks directly as the studios were extra excited about it as they were told it would not cost actors money.
The official transition of FOX moving to using Casting Networks was announced to begin Nov. 20th, but breakdowns/briefs have already been being released through Casting Networks.
Hope this is helpful for you all. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions, and if we get any additional information, we’ll be sure to update this post. Now get over to Casting Networks and get your materials live!