After mulling a departure for the past few years, Fox’s long-time head of casting Marcia Shulman is going ahead with it. After 11 years, she is stepping down as EVP casting to move back to New York. But Shulman is not severing ties with Fox as she will serve as an exclusive casting consultant to the network, advising on key castings and scouting the U.S. and abroad for new talent. Shulman’s departure is part of a major restructuring of Fox’s casting department. Also leaving are SVP Bob Huber, who is retiring after 19 years at Fox and also relocating to the East Coast as part of a life change, as well as VP Amy Christopher.
Meanwhile, Tess Sanchez, a rising star at the network, is set to make the leap from director to SVP and the new head of Fox’s casting department beginning June 1. Sanchez, who will report to Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, has hired the first new member of her bi-coastal casting team – independent casting director Seth Yanklewitz, who joins Fox as VP casting. In addition, Fox’s Clint Alexander has been promoted to Director, Casting, and will work alongside Shulman in New York. “We’ve been lucky to have a tremendous leader like Marcia with us here in L.A. for so many years, and I’m thrilled that she’s decided to continue working with Fox even as she moves on to a new phase in her life,” said Reilly. “In addition, we’re very sorry to see Bob retire, but he will always be part of the Fox family and we are happy for him.” As for Sanchez, “she has been groomed by Marcia and is a natural leader with enviable industry relationships and an incredible eye for talent,” Reilly said. Sanchez has worked under Shulman at Fox since July 2009. Prior to that, she was an independent casting director and served as VP of Talent and Casting at The WB. Yanklewitz’s credits with casting partner Juel Bestrop include The Hangover, Due Date and HBO’s Eastbound & Down, the pilot for MTV’s The Inbetweeners and current Fox pilots Tagged and The New Girl as well as the upcoming feature Rock of Ages. Alexander joined Fox in 2005 and previously worked as an independent casting associate. Huber has overseen the casting of such Fox series as That ‘70s Show, Malcolm in the Middle, The Bernie Mac Show, Raising Hope, Fringe and the upcoming Terra Nova.