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The cast of every Christopher Guest movie.note 

"And on a soundstage up in heaven, Jan Hooks is taking a break from shooting a big-budget Candy Sweeney movie and is thinking to herself, 'So THAT’S what I should’ve done. I should’ve been Adam Sandler’s best friend.'"
DListed, "Tina Fey Pays Tribute To Jan Hooks, Burns Rob Schneider While Doing So"
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A group of people that, whenever one is involved in a production, others are almost guaranteed to show up at some point.

This used to be a very enforced part of media making. Studios expected artists to specialize into units. An example would be John Ford being specialized in westerns, which meant that large parts of the crew—both in front of and behind the camera—would literally always work together. Another aspect of Hollywood filmmaking which used to enforce this in the past was that studios would often have exclusive contracts with big names spanning several years and movies. For instance, the vast majority of Humphrey Bogart's films after he made it big were for Warner Bros.

John August coined the term "Clique Flick" on his filmmaking podcast Script Notes.

See also Those Two Actors. When each member tends to play the same sort of role every time, they're a Universal-Adaptor Cast. Associated Composer is a subtrope.

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  • Voice acting in general is prone to this. While voice actors are generally freelancers, a lot of studios and casting directors tend to have their own little talent pool, though there is some overlap when it comes to popular and in-demand talent. For instance, while all three studios use Los Angeles-based actors, it's easy to distinguish a dub by New Generation Pictures from one by Bang Zoom! Entertainment or PCB Productions.
  • Seth MacFarlane likes to bring in Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribsi, Liam Neeson and others in his shows and films.
  • Actors in Joss Whedon projects have a tendency to reappear in his future projects. There's a handy table on Whedon's page on The Other Wiki showing which of his posse appeared in which of his projects.
    • Crossover between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel was to be expected, since they exist in the same universe. But after Firefly was cancelled, no fewer than three of the main cast (Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Gina Torres) were given bit-parts in Buffy or Angel. Summer Glau was another crossover, but she was on Angel first and then cast on Firefly.
    • Then when Dollhouse hit the air it featured two of them (Alan Tudyk and Summer Glau again) in larger roles, along with ex-Angel actor Amy Acker, ex-Buffy/Angel actor Alexis Denisof, and an ex-Buffy/Angel actor in the lead (Eliza Dushku). Felicia Day had a bit part in both Buffy and Dollhouse; Christina Hendricks had bit parts in both Angel and Firefly. Meanwhile, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog starred both Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.
    • And to keep the pattern going, Whedon's feature film The Cabin in the Woods stars Amy Acker (again) and Fran Kranz (from Dollhouse) and features Tom Lenk (from Buffy), while Alexis Denisof (again) and Enver Gjokaj (from Dollhouse) show up in The Avengers. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in Avengers) previously had a bit part in Angel, and Chris Hemsworth (Thor in Avengers) was one of the leads in Cabin.
    • Besides Dushku, Glau and Denisof, there are four less-well-known actors (Jonathan Woodward, Jeff Ricketts, Bob Fimiani, Carlos Jacott) who have appeared in three of Whedon's four TV shows.
    • This has now started to carry over to shows featuring former alumni who had worked on Buffy/Angel, as an episode of Grimm produced by David Greenwalt had Amy Acker (again!) as a guest star and will have Alexis Denisof as a recurring character. And Tim Minear's short lived show Drive on FOX starred Nathan Fillion.
    • In the season 1 DVD of Dollhouse, there's a whole behind the scenes look at all the cast and crew who return to work with Joss for the show. He's got a production posse that doesn't just act, but also write, produce, shoot, etc.
    • In one further unusual take on this trope, an episode of Dollhouse was directed by John Cassaday, the artist from Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men.
    • Actors from Joss productions often appear together even without Joss himself being on scene. In Castle, star Nathan Fillion has often appeared opposite Firefly alums, culminating in "Headhunters", where even the network was promoting the Adam Baldwin/Nathan Fillion reunion. Less well-known is the fact that the Season 2 executive producer was Jose Molina... himself a Buffy and Firefly alum.
    • Much Ado About Nothing marks the reunion for so many Joss alums that it's pointless to count them. And the movie was filmed at Joss's house.
      • From Angel, Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker play love interests Benedick and Beatrice (no doubt delighting the fans who wished to see them together on the show).
      • From Buffy, Tom Lenk appears as Verges. Riki Lindhome was a guest on the show before appearing in Much Ado as Conrade. Also, Anthony Head was the original choice to play Leonato.
      • Coming from Firefly are Nathan Fillion as Dogberry and Sean Maher as Don John.
      • Dollhouse had Fran Kranz, who plays Claudio here, and Reed Diamond, who plays Don Pedro.
      • The Avengers had Ashley Johnson and Clark Gregg, who ended up taking the part of Leonato after Head dropped out.
    • The pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had appearances by J. August Richards (Gunn from Angel) and Ron Glass (Shepherd Book from Firefly); both played the same characters in later episodes of the season. Late in the first season, Amy Acker (YET AGAIN) guest starred as "The Cellist", a person Coulson referred to in The Avengers.
    • Even the single episode of Glee he directed has this, as he worked with Neil Patrick Harris in that one.
  • Toei Company reuses a lot of the same actors for their Tokusatsu productions, though few end up taking more than one starring role. Plenty who have starred in one series, however may appear in a minor role in another or vice versa. This usually is regulated to their two ongoing series, Kamen Rider and Super Sentai. Notable Toei regulars include Hiroshi Miyauchi, Kenji Ohba, Machiko Soga, and Theme Tune vocalist Masato Shimon.
  • Where Tim Burton is, Danny Elfman is sure to follow, and Johnny Depp will probably not be far behind. Softer members of the posse include current significant other (Lisa Marie and Helena Bonham-Carter) and Paul Reubens. Christopher Lee or Christopher Walken (or both) could also feature in there. Burton likes his horror vets. Frequently making appearances have been Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Glenn Shadix and Michael Gough (who Burton twice pulled out of retirement). In the early days, Michael Keaton filled the role that Depp fills now, with starring turns in Batman and Beetlejuice. Early Burton films also had a tendency to feature Danny DeVito, Jan Hooks and Jack Nicholson. One CollegeHumor sketch mocked this accordingly:
    Tim Burton: Get me Johnny Depp and my wife on the phone!
    Casting Agent: I can't ever not do that.
    [Casting agent flips open a phone with two giant buttons labeled "Johnny Depp" and "Helena Bonham-Carter"]
    • Helena lampshaded this by posting this picture on her Facebook page.
  • Any given Star Trek TV series is likely to share a significant portion of its crew with any other Star Trek series. Trek directors are especially likely to have started out as Trek actors. They also have a pool of actors that they like to pull from for recurring or one-shot characters, such that there are five actors who have played seven or more different Trek characters: Vaughn Armstrong (12 characters! 13, if you include that Mirror Universe character), Thomas Kopache (7), Jeffrey Combs (9), J.G. Hertzler (8), and Randy Oglesby (7). Joseph Ruskin's only got six, but he's got the distinction of having appeared in five Star Treks.
    • Relatedly, a pizza trophy for the late Majel Barrett, the First Lady of Star Trek, who (unless the 2009 pre-boot gets a Spin-Off of its own) will go down in history as the only person to be involved in all seven versions of the franchise (TOS Nurse Chapel and pilot episode's Number One; TAS Lt. M'ress; TNG & DS9 Lwaxana Troi; TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, and ST2K9 Computer Voice).
    • Star Trek: The Animated Series had a low budget that led to it using the main actors as guest actors, so James "Scotty" Doohan and the aforementioned Majel Barrett voiced almost every guest character across the series' run.
    • This happened even outside Star Trek. Gargoyles started with Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis as part of the main cast. By the end of the series, minor and recurring characters were voiced by Brent Spiner, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks, Colm Meaney, and some others.
      • And it happened again on 24. Former Star Trek: Enterprise showrunner Manny Coto joined their staff for Season 6; then Brannon Braga came onboard for Season 7. That same year they had Trip Tucker, Dr. Phlox and Worf's brother in various one- or two-shot guest roles (hapless dock guard, hapless scientist kidnapped by Tony and Sangalan tyrant General Juma, respectively). At least for Season 8 they branched out to some hotshot pilots...
    • Likewise, Leverage had several episodes directed by Jonathan Frakes, and Star Trek alums in recurring or guest roles include Jeri Ryan, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Armin Shimerman and John Billingsley.
    • Michael Dorn once tried to make a film via Kickstarter called ''Through The Fire''; basically built upon the idea that fans would like to see Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Nana Visitor and Armin Shimerman in something together.
  • See something made by Sam Raimi?
  • Steven Spielberg has his Associated Composer in John Williams (except for The Color Purple, his segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Bridge of Spies, and Ready Player One). He has had the same editor (Michael Kahn) since Close Encounters (ET being an exception), and the same cinematographer (Janusz Kaminski) since Schindler's List.
  • Robert Zemeckis often casts Tom Hanks, who he first worked with on Forrest Gump. Zemeckis has declared that Hanks is his "favorite actor" and that "there hasn't been a single situation where we didn't see eye to eye. Not one." In the olden days, he frequently found parts, however minor, for Marc McClure and Wendie Jo Sperber, who were among the leads of his first professional film I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Yes, they're Marty's brother and sister in Back to the Future. Alan Silvestri has scored every Zemeckis film since Romancing the Stone. He worked with cinematographer Dean Cundey from Romancing the Stone to Death Becomes Her and from there had Don Burgess as his DP from Forrest Gump up to Cast Away, after which he went to performance capture, with Burgess returning for Flight. He's also secured roles (both voice and live-action) for Charles Fleischer, most famously as the title character in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Toronto-based Nelvana Studio is prone to using the same actors and actresses in its productions, be they live-action or animation. Common talent includes/included Alyson Court, Tara Strong, Sunny Besen-Thrasher, Michael Fantini, Hadley Kay, Jim Henshaw, Billie Richards, and Cree Summer, among many, many others.
  • Voice director Jack Fletcher (known for Disney's early dubs of Studio Ghibli films, the numbered Final Fantasy games, Tenchi Muyo! and more) seems to work frequently with certain actors, such as John DiMaggio, Sherry Lynn, Matt K. Miller, Debi Derryberry, Roger Jackson, and Dwight Schultz. The Animatrix got some attention from fans of Final Fantasy X because it featured the entire main cast from the game (the exceptions being Paula Tiso [Lulu] and Gregg Berger [Jecht]), as well as much of the supporting cast.
  • Otto Preminger had poor working relationships with many of his stars (including Linda Darnell, whom he directed in four films), but he still had a few favorite associates:
    • Laura stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews became Preminger's favorite actors to cast at 20th Century Fox. Tierney was Preminger's first choice for Lady Windermere in The Fan, but pregnancy prevented her from taking the part. In the 1960s, Preminger brought them back for a minor role in one film each after their lives had deteriorated, Tierney in Advise & Consent and Andrews in In Harm's Way. Both those last two films also featured Burgess Meredith, who appeared in four other Preminger films.
    • Character actor Gregory Ratoff was a good friend of Preminger from his earliest year at Fox, and appeared in three films directed by Preminger; Preminger also played a small part in one film directed by Ratoff.
    • Doro Merande played small parts in four Preminger films, and was also in several Broadway flops Preminger directed.
    • More closely associated with Preminger than any actor was Saul Bass, who designed the promotional materials and title sequences for most of Preminger's independent productions, including the Broadway plays This is Goggle and Critic's Choice.
    • Max Slater, a friend of Preminger's since his Vienna years, supervised the dialogue on most of Preminger's later films. He was born Maximilian Schulz, but he changed his last name to that of a character he liked in The Moon Is Blue.
    • Ben Hecht did screenplays or rewrites for four Preminger films.
    • The cinematography of Preminger's films of the late 1940s through the 1960s was usually but not invariably by either Leon Shamroy or Sam Leavitt.
  • Directors Zal Batmanglij, Mike Cahill and actress Brit Marling are always working together, from their first film to their most recent work, The OA.
  • David Mamet's posse includes Rebecca Pidgeon (his current wife), Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Mike Nussbaum, Joe Mantegna, Ed O'Neill and Jonathan Katz.

    Anime 
  • Hayao Miyazaki always taps Joe Hisaishi to do the soundtracks for his movies He also had a tendency in the 80's to cast Sumi Shimamoto for the lead roles in his films, but stopped that later on.
  • Akiyuki Shinbo, the director for all of Studio Shaft's works, has a selection of voice actors that pop up time and time again. Hiroshi Kamiya, Chiwa Saito and Miyuki Sawashiro are the ones most likely to show up.
  • Funimation, while huge, always ALWAYS uses voice actors for the lead roles who had appeared in their previous titles. They do look for new meat, but anime dubbing is so specialized that they really have no choice to cast the same people for the lead roles. Their actors also direct, write, line produce, and sound mix their dubs!
  • Koichi Mashimo frequently works with favorite seiyus Miyu Irino, Aya Hisakawa, Maaya Sakamoto among others. Musically he frequents the group Ali Project, and Yuki Kajiura. Also has his favorite screenwriters. In addition he always goes to the same studio for the art direction and in-betweening and completion work of his anime.
  • Makoto Shinkai has not been involved in any project that does not have the name of composer Tenmon in it. And until Garden Of Words and Someone's Gaze, music by Daisuke Kashiwa.

    Comics 
  • Comic book writer Alan Moore has collaborated with several artists more than once. He worked with:
  • Writer Marv Wolfman has collaborated with artist George Perez on The New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and History of the DC Universe.
  • Writer Michael Gallagher has frequently collaborated with artist David Manak, most notably on early issues of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and the Series/Alf comic. The two also handled Spy vs. Spy installments in MAD for a short time.
  • MAD has several examples:
    • Senior editors Charlie Kadau and Joe Raiola frequently write gags together.
    • Michael Gallagher (the same one who formerly wrote for Sonic the Hedgehog) often writes one-page gags that are illustrated by Tom Bunk.
    • Nearly all of Anthony Barbieri's contributions to the magazine were Monroe and..., which was originally drawn by Bill Wray and then taken over by Tom Fowler.
    • For most of the magazine's history, nearly all of the movie and TV show parodies were illustrated by Mort Drucker or Angelo Torres (plus a handful from Jack Davis), with writing usually handled by Larry Siegel, Lou Silverstone, Dick DeBartolo, Arnie Kogen, or Stan Hart. Over time, newer writers began to take over; as of The New '10s, writing duties usually go to DeBartolo, Kogen, Desmond Devlin, or David Shayne, while Tom Richmond, Hermann Mejia, and Tom Bunk have become the main illustrators.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • Aside from his collaborations with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg is a member of another posse, which includes Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis, Amelia Bullmore and Rebecca Front. Chris Morris is often leading charge. They've appeared in a number of works including Big Train, Jam, I'm Alan Partridge, Look Around You, Spaced, Brass Eye and Nighty Night. Don't be surprised to see other familiar British comedy faces, such as Catherine Tate and members of The League of Gentlemen popping up.
  • Practically every Mitchell and Webb production includes Olivia Colman - best known as Sophie from Peep Show, which also stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb - and James Bachman.
  • There is a lot of osmosis between Full House, Step by Step, and Family Matters; they had the same producers and the same lead vocalist for their theme songs.
  • Bob Saget's comedy projects often include his Full House castmates, especially Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin.
  • Dan Schneider in the Nick Verse (Nickelodeon shows iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh and Zoey 101) has certain actors having 3 or 4 different characters in the same shared universe. The main force behind this is that Dan reuses favoured actors as well as finding his future lead stars by casting them in guest or less than starring roles whilst they are younger. For example, Miranda Cosgrove had iCarly built around her through her work as Megan on Drake & Josh, with Nathan Kress being recruited for the show because of a one-shot guest character named Toplin. Jennette McCurdy's character Sam is based on a one episode character she played in Zoey 101. Victoria Justice was in Zoey 101 and iCarly before Victorious, which was built around her when Dan identified her as a future star years earlier when she was on Zoey 101. Also Taran Killam seems to pop up in his works somewhere as well.
    • Want to know who's going to star in Dan Schneider's next series? Just look to the recurring guest stars of the current one.
  • During the 70s Mexican TV producer Roberto Gomez Bolaños (AKA: "Chespirito") used the same pool of actors on all of his shows, usually playing similar characters. This was particularly noticeable on El Chapulín Colorado, which only had one regular character (El Chapulin, played by Bolaños himself) since any other characters in the show where played by actors from his other hit show, El Chavo del ocho (where they played regular characters.) They consisted of some combination of himself, Carlos Villagrán, Ramón Valdez, Florinda Meza, María Antonieta de las Nieves, Edgar Vivar, Ruben Aguirre, and (occasionally) his younger brother Horacio Gomez Bolaños.
  • A Disney Channel Original Movie made these days will likely feature one, or more, or several stars from the channel's original series, and maybe similar directors or writers.
  • Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame) works with Diane Ruggiero, Dan Etheridge and John Enbom on a regular basis, and actors who appeared in one series tend to pop up in his subsequent shows, even for a one-off appearance, Ryan Hansen being the most obvious one, but Adam Scott, Martin Starr, Kristen Bell, Alona Tal, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Jane Lynch, Steve Guttenberg and many more have appeared in two or more Rob Thomas shows.
  • Clive Doig's puzzle-based Edutainment shows for The BBC generally featured one or more of Janet Ellis, Sylvester McCoy, Mark Speight, Phillip Fox and Wilf Lunn.
  • The main Horrible Histories cast comprising of Mathew Baynton, Ben Willbond, Jim Howick, Larry Rickard, Simon Farnaby and Martha Howe-Douglas couldn't bear the thought of not working together anymore after that show ended. This led directly to a new TV series, Yonderland, and a film Bill.
  • With any Syfy show, expect to see several guest appearances by actors from other Syfy shows. Sanctuary and Warehouse 13 are the best examples, with the former featuring several Stargate alumni, and the latter featuring guest appearances from almost every other Syfy show that was currently airing at the time.
  • To date, Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford have shared the screen in three different shows, including their stint as co-leads on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • American Horror Story changes its cast and plot every season, but each one to date (including the forthcoming Freak Show) has had Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters in common.
  • Any show created by Donald P. Bellisario (Magnum, P.I., Tales of the Gold Monkey, Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, First Monday, NCIS) will inevitably include members of his family both before and behind the camera.
  • Many Game Show creators:
    • Chuck Barris always used Johnny Jacobs as an announcer from about the early 1970s onward. After Jacobs' death, he was replaced by Tony McClay.
    • Bob Stewart: Bill Cullen will always be involved in some way, either as a host or celebrity guest; if not him, then either Dick Clark, Jack Clark or Geoff Edwards. Bob Cobert was usually the Theme Tune composer. If there are other celebrities involved, expect Markie Post, Joanne Worley, Nipsey Russell, Henry Polic II, Teresa Ganzel, Ilene Graff, Nathan Cook, etc. They were even termed by the Game Show Pilot Light as the Bob Stewart Repertory Company.
    • Mark Goodson: If the show came out in the 70s or early-mid 80s and Gene Wood isn't announcing, then Johnny Olson probably is. Almost always with music composed by Score Productions and/or Edd Kalehoff.
    • Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley: Always announced by Kenny Williams, except Temptation (no relation to the Sale of the Century knockoff of the 2000s) and The Magnificent Marble Machine. Mort Garson or Stan Worth composes the music, and quite often the host will be Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale, Alex Trebek or Art James.
    • Jack Barry-Dan Enright: Theme Tune usually composed by Hal Hidey, with either Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs, or Jay Stewart announcing. Richard S. Kline always served as director (until he and several other B&E staffers defected to form Kline & Friends, which produced Win, Lose or Draw and the 1990-91 version of The Joker's Wild, among others).
  • You'd be hard-pressed to see an improv showcase on television that doesn't include Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Jeff Davis, and/or Kathy Kinney. In fact, because of their association with a certain popular improv series, the public has affectionally dubbed them, "The Whose Crew."
    • Drew Carey, in particular, used a lot of these performers in many of his projects, both improv and scripted. In the case of the former, all of the above-mentioned performers (and more) have appeared on Improvaganza and Green Screen Show; for the latter, Ryan Stiles and Kathy Kinney were co-stars on The Drew Carey Show, Colin Mochrie was a semi-regular, while Brad Sherwood, Wayne Brady, Greg Proops, and others appeared specifically in the live episodes.
    • And a few years after Drew took over on The Price Is Right, Drew even tapped Sherwood and Davis as substitute announcers after Rich Fields left the show (the show ultimately went with George Gray). In turn, he also had Fields as announcer on Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza. And Wayne Brady's announcer on Let's Make a Deal, Jonathan Mangum, has popped up on many of the newer shows, including the new version of Whose Line.
  • Kenny Leon has directed some predominantly-African-American TV adaptations of various plays with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as producers. Queen Latifah often becomes part of the cast, and also appeared in some movies Zadan and Meron produced under different directors.
  • The CW is basically a network wide example. Examples include:
    • Arrow, which stars Stephen Amell who previously had minor roles on The Vampire Diaries and 90210 as well as Willa Holland who had a recurring role on Gossip Girl and for the first four seasons Katie Cassidy who also had roles on Supernatural and Gossip Girl.
    • Legends of Tomorrow, which consists of actors playing characters from Arrow and the Flash. When Season 2 started, they brought in Maisie Richardson-Sellers from The Originals to play Vixen.
    • When Supergirl moved to the network, they hired Chris Wood from The Vampire Diaries, Containment, and The Carrie Diaries as a series regular.
    • Frequency stars Peyton List who was on The Flash (2014) and 90210.
    • Star-Crossed stars Matt Lanter from 90210 and Malese Jow from The Vampire Diaries as well co-star Susan Walters in a recurring role. Jow, Walters and regular Greg Finlay would let book roles on The Flash.
  • Ultra Series: In the early series (Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultraseven), Eiji Tsuburaya used pretty much the exact same selection of writers, directors, and SFX artists, notably head writer Tetsuo Kinjo, his son Hajime Tsuburaya, and monster artist Toru "Tohl" Narita. A few actors were also transferred between series, like Hiroko Sakurai and Sandayu Dokumamushi. Additionally, many of these people had worked with Tsuburaya on his Toho movies.

    Music 
  • In music, EVERY RAP GROUP, CREW OR LABEL EVER. Every solo album one member does, you can almost guarantee the others won't be far behind. This is particularly prevalent in the somewhat self-insular rap groups the Wu-Tang Clan and OFWGKTA.
    • and Young Money. Any album by any member of YMCMB is probably going to have at least another member of the team on it somewhere (and there are several). Being the labels' founding musicians, chances are any YMCMB album will have some sort of vocal involvement from either Birdman or Lil Wayne.
    • GOOD Music, Kanye West's clique and label, does this as well - chances are any album the label releases will have involvement either in production or in vocals from Kanye himself, a hook from The-Dream, and features from any artist on the roster.
      • Kanye himself. Most stuff he's done since the start of his career has involved Common, John Legend, Malik Yusuf, Mos Def and Jay-Z somewhere along the line. He also gained his childhood friends Really Doe and GLC considerable exposure, along with his cousin Tony Williams. These days, if Kanye has a new album out, you can usually expect any (or indeed all) of these artists to be in hot pursuit - anyone mentioned above, Kid Cudi, Raekwon, The-Dream, Jay-Z, anyone not mentioned who is signed to GOOD Music, Talib Kweli, Justin Vernon, Lupe Fiasco, La Roux and Rihanna. You can also always expect his mentor No I.D. to have given some of the tracks a once-over production-wise.
      • And Jay-Z. Almost every Jay-Z album these days will involve production from one or more of Kanye West, Timbaland, Just Blaze or Pharrell. Chances are Kanye may have a verse or two as well. Others who are likely to be involved are Jay's wife Beyoncé, J Cole, Rick Ross, Nas and Rihanna.
  • Brad Paisley largely writes songs with Kelley Lovelace, DuBois, and sometimes Lee Thomas Miller. He also uses members of his road band, The Drama Kings, on most of his albums.
  • George Strait has had many of the same staff since his 1992 soundtrack for Pure Country, including the same batch of session musicians (among them: drummer Eddie Bayers, fiddler Stuart Duncan, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, guitarists Steve Gibson and Brent Mason, pianist John Barlow Jarvis, and bassist Glenn Worf), as well as producer Tony Brown (Except for Cold Beer Conversation, which was produced by Chuck Ainlay instead). Almost all of his albums have also included at least one song written by Dean Dillon, who penned his debut single "Unwound".
  • Garth Brooks has several examples:
    • The most famous is "The G-Men", a set of session musicians who have appeared on all of his albums except In the Life of Chris Gaines: Bruce Bouton (steel guitar; also a longtime member of Garth's road band), Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar), Mike Chapman (bass guitar), Rob Hajacos (fiddle), Chris Leuzinger (electric guitar), Milton Sledge (drums/percussion), and Bobby Wood (keyboards). All of his albums until The Ultimate Hits (again excluding the Chris Gaines album) were produced by Allen Reynolds and engineered by Mark Miller (not the lead singer of Sawyer Brown). After Reynolds retired, Miller was promoted to producer and John Kelton took over engineering duties. Many members of the G-Men also played on most albums produced by Reynolds in The '90s, such as those by Hal Ketchum, Crystal Gayle, and Kathy Mattea, as well as Ty England's Highways and Dance Halls, which Garth produced (Ty was formerly a guitarist in Garth's road band).
    • In addition, every studio album except for No Fences and Man Against Machine has also featured at least one song written by Kent Blazy. Other songwriters who have turned up on multiple albums include Tony Arata, Pat Alger, Stephanie Davis, Victoria Shaw, and Kim Williams.
  • Travis Tritt's first four studio albums had multiple overlapping musicians, including backing vocalists Dana McVicker and Dennis Locorriere, bassist Mike Brignardello, guitarists Richard Bennett and Wendell Cox, and drummer Steve Turner. All four were produced by Gregg Brown, with several songs written by Jill Colucci, Stewart Harris, and Tritt himself.
  • Except for his little known debut "What Room Was the Holiday In" and songs on which he was a featured artist, all of Tim McGraw's material has been produced by Byron Gallimore (albeit with a couple different co-producers over the years). Also, the vast majority of his music videos were directed by Sherman Hasley until his 2013 death.
  • Whenever Sia makes a music video, you can expect Maddie Ziegler to be in it after appearing in her last three.
  • Kenny Chesney has been produced by Buddy Cannon since 1997. Also, nearly all of his music videos since "Young" in 2002 have been directed or co-directed by Shaun Silva.
  • John Conlee has been produced by Bud Logan for literally his entire career. He has also had Brent Rowan as the sole electric guitarist on his album ever since "Friday Night Blues".
  • Toby Keith has included songs written by Scotty Emerick from nearly every album from How Do You Like Me Now?! onward, and several from Bobby Pinson starting with Big Dog Daddy. Also, all but two of his music videos from 1997's "We Were in Love" onward have been directed by Michael Salomon.
  • The vast majority of Keith Urban albums have at least one song written by Monty Powell, and backing vocals from Jerry Flowers (a former member of Urban's pre-fame band The Ranch).
  • A number of videos from Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual period featured Lauper alongside wrestler/wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano and her then-boyfriend David Wolff in roles.
  • Iron Maiden's 1980s days had producer Martin Birch and artist Derek Riggs as a given. From 2000s on, while the artist has been inconsistent, South African producer Kevin Shirley is a guaranteed given.
  • All but two of Patty Loveless' albums have her husband Emory Gordy Jr. serving as both bass guitarist and producer. Many of them also had at least one song written by Kostas, and backing vocals from Vince Gill (for whom she has also returned the favor on many occasions) and Mac McAnally.
  • Nearly all of the albums released on Average Joes Entertainment, a label co-owned by Country Rap artist Colt Ford, have been produced by Noah Gordon and Shannon Houchins.
  • Every release by Country Music record label Big Loud Records has been produced by Joey Moi, who co-owns the label. Many of their releases are penned by their roster of songwriters: Craig Wiseman (the label's other owner), Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, The Warren Brothers, and Sarah Buxton (who often contributes backing vocals on Big Loud releases as well).
  • Big & Rich had their singer-songwriting clique, known collectively as the MuzikMafia. The fronting members included Big & Rich members Big Kenny and John Rich; Gretchen Wilson; James Otto; Shannon Lawson; and Country Rap artist Cowboy Troy. Many of them collaborated with each other, often singing and writing on each other's albums. A few other non-musical members existed over the years, but the group seems to have largely dissipated over the years.
  • Tracy Lawrence tended to have most of his songs written by Larry Boone, Paul Nelson, and Kenny Beard. He also did most of his production work with Flip Anderson, a member of his road band.

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  • Alfa Legion videos are sure to have Bruva Alfabusa, Thunder Psyker, Eliphas the Inheritor and Karl the Deranged, and several other Legionnaires appear from time to time as well.
  • Vocaloid composers Hitoshizuku and Yama worked on so many songs together that they have a separate channel dedicated for their crossovers. For added posse, their videos are mostly illustrated by Suzunosuke.
  • Kurt Hugo Schneider's most frequent collaborators are his brother Max, Sam Tsui, and Alyson Stoner.
  • The voice-acting from Digimon Resumido is done by Friendzone Team and some recurring dubbers from the Revengeverse.
  • Following the cancellation of her Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance and its reboot So Random!, Allisyn Ashley Arm (aka Zora Lancaster) has used cast members from both shows (especially Audrey Whitby and Matthew Scott Montgomery) in her YouTube comedy series, in particular Astrid Clover.
  • Rooster Teeth is getting up there, if they're not already. Between the company's staff and hired actors, it's not hard to find recurring actors - Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, Michael Jones, Shannon McCormick, Jen Brown, Lee Eddy, Samantha Ireland - with a few even producing\writing\directing as well (Gray G. Haddock, Kerry Shawcross, Miles Luna).

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  • Stu is usually accompanied by his girlfriend Jeanine Kasun, as well as writers/historians Mark Evanier, Earl Kress, and Jerry Beck.


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