May 25, 2016
The Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC) is adding its voice to the public call for
racial and gender equity in publicly funded films, television and media content in Canada.
The worldwide conversation about racial and gender parity in the film and media
industries has reached a fevered pitch. Many studies, including reports on Canadian
Media by Women In View show clearly that women and racial minorities are gravely
underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera.
The scale of the racial and gender disparity will only rectify itself if direct action is taken.
CDC calls on the industry to act together now to encourage Telefilm and CMF (Canadian
Media Fund) to fund Canadian Media in a way that represents all of Canada’s very
diverse population – First Nations, racial minorities, along with an equitable gender split
between women and men.
Co Chair of CDC Marsha Chesley
“This issue is too important for us to ignore any longer. We must have clear and
decisive action now!”
The Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC) is the only organization in Canada to
represent professional casting directors working in every medium where actors are
required; film, television, commercials, theatre, industrials, webseries and video games,
as well as contestants for reality television shows.
The CDC Constitution guarantees uniform and superior standards and business
practices by all members, building an improved level of service for all clients. Our clients
come from every part of Canada as well as dozens of countries around the world. They
are all treated with the same superior level of service and expertise. CDC members
maintain professional and friendly relationships with all agents throughout the country
and is signatory to the Entertainment Industry Code of Ethical Conduct and Behaviour.
The CDC Executive
Co-chairs, Film and Television - Marsha Chesley CDC & Jenny Lewis CDC
Commercials - Brian Levy CDC
Treasurer - Stephanie Gorin CDC
Secretary - Jason Stroud