I worked for this company called Central Casting on and off for about 8 years doing SAG union and nonunion extra work on film/tv.
I also paid it's calling service(claims to be providing a "booking service" for actors doing background work) Extras! Management for several years to get booked on major film/tv productions.
Unfortunately, this company controls most of the extra work, both union and nonunion, in the film/tv industry. It uses this virtual monopoly on the supply of work to coerce under the table bribes out of actors on a regular basis and has set up a booking service that it controls called Extras Management to essentially force union actors to pay kickbacks to get any access to SAG extra work which can pay much more than nonunion(anywhere from $200 to $1000) per day.
They also have various schemes to cheat actors out of work like cheating on hiring the contracted number of union actors on sets, selling SAG vouchers on the blackmarket and through their calling service Extras Management(3 SAG vouchers are needed to join the union, so ther is a huge market to buy them illegally).
They also lost a lawsuit a few years ago for charging a 5% "agent" fee to nonunion extras(who only get paid minimum wage) which brought their wages under minimum wage. So they have a documented history of cheating actors.
I organized a major lawsuit against them a few years ago which is currently in progress charging them with the above allegations.
My goal is to get compensation from them for the substantial damages to my employment as a professional actor and to make sure the public is fully aware of how this company does business(this information does not get out often even though there illegal activity is pervasive because they blacklist and threaten and can shut off work to anyone like me who blows the whistle on them).
Also, I want anyone who is considering working in the industry to know the facts about how this company as well as the Studios take advantage of their control(essentially a practical oligopoly)of acting work, whether it be principal union or background, to defraud the unlimited supply of actors seeking work.
I already submitted a several page report to the Dept of Labor and hope that the more this gets out to the public the better chance future actors will have a chance of avoiding this massive racket against them.
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