International Talent Management artistic division ITM Creatives has announced the launch of a new web search tool that it says will allow game producers to search for freelance artists, animators and related technicians by location, profession and availability.
ITM agent Max Meltzer notes that "artists and animators are within one of the most abused work brackets across the entertainment industries... in-terms of pay, restrictive contracts and rates charged by talent and recruitment agents."
"Production studios, too," he said in a statement, "suffer from the exacerbated rates charged by recruitment companies for these artists and animators. ITM is ridding of all that; this website is pivotal to linking producers directly to the artists."
ITM adds that it does not and will not charge the hiring company for use of its services, and that its income comes from a commission charged to the talent itself, as part of a representation fee that also includes long-term career development for the freelancer.
Said Meltzer, "This is a talent agency, not a recruitment agency, and we're one of the first to primarily operate in the video games industry. The website is the base where ethical practices between games studios and talent comes together." The two reasons to visit are: "A producer requiring freelance talent, ethically and at no charge", and "Freelancers who are fed up being over charged, paid too little or having to be committed to a restrictive contract at a game studio."
More information on the service can be found via its website