The Casting Directors’ Guild is a professional organization of casting directors in the United Kingdom. This year, the guild makes history as it holds its first-ever CDG Casting Awards. The event aims to honor the vital contribution of casting directors to the success of any production.
Inaugural CDG Casting Awards Honors the Industry’s Brightest
The duties of casting directors make them the unsung heroes of every production, so it is just right that they be recognized for the work that they do. Hence, the inaugural CDG Casting Awards directed the spotlight to them.
Concluded on February 12, 2019, the CDG Casting Awards 2019 distributed six titles: best casting in a theater production, best casting in a television production, best casting in a film, best casting in a commercial, outstanding contributor to the casting profession, and outstanding contribution to international casting.
Here are this year’s winners.
Best Casting in a Theater Production
Paul Wooller, Felicity French, and Trevor Jackson, the minds behind the casting for Hamilton, received a nomination for Best Casting in a Theater Production. Besides the Hamilton team, Alastair Coomer also earned a spot on the list of nominees for The York Realist. Sophie Parrot received a nomination for An Octoroon, Wendy Spon and Jacob Sparrow for Follies, and Charlotte Sutton for Caroline or Change.
In the end, Hamilton’s casting directors bagged the award, sponsored by The Stage, UK’s theater news platform.
Best Casting in a Television Production
United Agents awarded the Best Casting in a TV Production to Kate Rhodes James for her work in the BBC One series Bodyguard.
Also receiving nominations were Kharmel Cochrane (The End of the F***king World), Tracey Gilham (Inside No 9 season 4), Julie Harkin (Kiri), and Jina Jay (Black Mirror season 4).
Best Casting in a Film
Debbie McWilliams won the Best Casting in a Film at the CDG Casting Awards. McWilliams is the casting director behind Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Independent Talent Group, an organization with an extensive production network in London and across UK, sponsored the award.
Nominees for the award included Lucie Bevan for Murder on the Orient Express and David Grindrod, Stephen Crockett, Will Burton for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Julie Harkin and Jina Jay were nominated as well.
Best Casting in a Commercial
Cadbury’s Mum’s Birthday’scasting directors, Michael Cox and Thom Hammond, bagged the gong for Best Casting in a Commercial. The award was sponsored by New Wonder Management, a talent-acquisition management in the UK.
Aside from Cox and Hommand, Martin Gibbons, Dan Hubbard, and Orlla Maxwell also received nominations. Sasha Robertson Casting received two nominations for Audition for an Advert and Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare.
Outstanding Contribution to the Casting Profession
British film company EON Production presented the Outstanding Contribution to the Casting Profession to Charlotte Bevan. Her passion as a director of the National Theater made her the woman for the spot.
Outstanding Contribution to International Casting
Completing the list is Richard Cook, a talent agent, who won the Outstanding Contribution to International Casting. Cook created the Subtitle Fest, a film fest that welcomes hundreds of international filmmakers, directors, and actors every year.
Speaking of the ceremony, the Committee of Director Victor Jenkins hopes that the event will “lead to the creation of a casting category within other industry ceremonies.”