What does the COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement mean for Background Actors?

Talent Onboarding sessions for vaccinated individuals

  • Consistent with California’s relaxing of restrictions on business operations with respect to fully vaccinated individuals, Central Casting is offering one set of Talent Onboarding sessions for vaccinated individuals and a separate set of sessions for unvaccinated individuals.

    You can make a reservation if you are currently or will be “fully” vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of your Onboarding session. Fully vaccinated means that, at minimum, two full weeks have passed since your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or since your single shot of Johnson & Johnson. If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, please choose one of our other available sessions that are for unvaccinated individuals.

    Please arrive to your session with proof of full vaccination status to gain entry into Talent Onboarding. You will be turned away and asked to make another reservation if you do not have proof of full vaccination status. Face coverings are still required even if fully vaccinated. You can find all available Talent Onboarding sessions in the calendar section of the Sign Up page.

Minor’s Talent Onboarding

  • Reservations are now open for Minor’s Talent Onboarding. You must have a reservation and the required I-9 documentation in order for us to register your child. Each reservation is for one minor only. Do not bring other minors to the session with you. Due to capacity limits we cannot accommodate or register them without a separate reservation. Learn More.

Make a reservation for New Talent Onboarding (Adults)

  • Reservations are now open for New Talent Onboarding for adults. You must have a reservation and the required I-9 documentation in order for us to onboard you. At this time, Re-Registration and Updates are still on hold. Please do not visit our office unless you have a reservation for Talent Onboarding. Learn More.

Tech support chat

  • Our tech support chat is now available between 6am-6pm PT for technical help with your online profile, email updates, required training questions (Los Angeles and New York only), and more. Note: technical support and casting are separate. If you need to cancel, are going to be late, have questions about your booking, or other casting related inquiries, you must contact your Central Casting office.

We are currently hiring staff

  • Central Casting Los Angeles is currently hiring staff positions. Please see our careers page for more information.

Updates to getting call time changes

  • Be sure to check your Details Blog before you go to bed and again when you wake up in case any changes are made to location or wardrobe needs. In the case of any call time changes, you will be notified directly via our online self-service platform. We will no longer be using the Call Time Change Box.

Complete required Anti-Harassment training

  • As of January 1, 2021, if you have not completed required anti-harassment training, you are not eligible to be booked by Central Casting. Once you complete the training, you will become eligible to be booked again. If you did not receive an email regarding the required training, please contact technical support at helpme@centralcasting.com. You can find more information on our Required Training page.

Now Casting with our online self-service platform

  • Casting Directors are now booking through our online self-service platform. Be sure to check your email/texts often, keep your profile updated, and continue to fill out your availability calendar. You can now claim, view, and edit your Central Casting profile online through the log in button in our website menu. If you are already signed up with Central Casting, you must claim your profile before you can access it.

Claim your online profile

  • You can now claim, view, and edit your Central Casting profile online through the log in button in our website menu. If you are already signed up with Central Casting, you must claim your profile before you can access it. Please update and fill out your profile completely so Casting Directors can consider you for the right roles.

Paycheck and payroll information

  • Have questions about payroll? For more information on your paycheck and signing up for myEP, read our latest payroll article.

Educational Resources for COVID-19 Testing

  • If you are interested in learning about COVID-19 testing, here are some optional resources to review if you wish: Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Black Lives Matter

Central Casting and Entertainment Partners’ global company shut down operations from 9-11am PT on June 9, 2020 as a time of reflection for our employees. This was a first step. Over the coming months, our company will create opportunities for meaningful dialogue with our employees and within our industry about social injustice and discuss what we can do as an organization to create change.

Introducing myEP

  • Access your pay history, tax information and more info for all projects paid by Entertainment Partners at my.EP.com. Click here for more details.
Important message from Jennifer Bender

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. It’s been about 9 weeks since our industry went down due to COVID-19 and I, as well as all of you, am sure ready to get back to work! But of course, we can’t do that until it is safe to do so. Having all of our financial and creative resources end so quickly has been hard on all of us. I wanted to share with you that over these weeks we have been actively involved with meeting with our clients, studios and union to partner in what will be the best path to move us forward and get back to work safely. As more information evolves, we will be sure to communicate it out to you as best we can. In the meantime, stay safe, take good care of yourself, catch up on movies and shows and spend time with your loved ones. We are thinking about all of you and hoping we all can get back to making movies and television again soon!

All my best,
Jennifer

All Background Actors signed up with Central Casting

  • Out of an abundance of caution and because your health and safety is very important to us, do not accept a booking, or go to set If you:
    • Are currently feeling unwell or have any flu like symptoms such as fever, a temperature of 100 or greater, a cough or breathing difficulties
    • Have been in close proximity with a person(s) known or suspected to have the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or under quarantine/isolation
    • Have traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, including New York (unless you are a NY Background Actor already residing or working in NY), Northern California, Washington State, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Iran, and South Korea

Central Casting Policies and Arbitration Agreement

  • All talent signed up with Central Casting are required to comply with Central Casting’s policies which includes a mandatory arbitration agreement. If you choose to continue your employment/casting relationship with Central Casting, your consent to the arbitration agreement is deemed automatic and no action is needed from you, and you may continue to submit for work like you normally do. You are not required to review the arbitration agreement, but if you choose to read it, it is available in our Forms and Policies section. Refusal to comply with Central Casting’s arbitration agreement and policies will mean you are ineligible to work on Central Casting jobs.

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