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Making Media WorkCultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries$
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Derek Johnson, Derek Kompare, and Avi Santo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814764695

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814764695.001.0001

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Re-Casting the Casting Director

Re-Casting the Casting Director

Managed Change, Gendered Labor

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Making Media Work

Erin Hill

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes how the mentalities of Hollywood casting directors have shifted as the field has moved from above-the-line executive status to below-the-line independent contractor status in the current production climate. Female labor, particularly, have come to dominate the ways in which casting directors understand the work they do in a field where men were historically prevalent. The chapter argues that with the field's position altered, not only are more women brought into its ranks, but also the work of casting directors was redefined in stereotypically gendered terms that focused on emotional and interpersonal management activities. This change proved essential to the field's sustainability, but also diminished its stature.

Keywords:   Hollywood casting directors, female labor, executive status, independent contractor status, emotional management, interpersonal management, stereotyping

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