EXCLUSIVE: Showtime’s SVP of talent and casting Beth Klein, a well-respected TV casting executive, is leaving the pay cable network after 23 years to pursue other casting opportunities. “I’m incredibly proud of my body of work here at Showtime and have been fortunate to have worked with such talented and creative artists within our community. They have taught me more than I ever imagined I’d learn,” said Klein. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter doing what I love to do most.”
During her tenure at Showtime, Klein has overseen casting for the network’s scripted series, including Queer as Folk, the L-Word, Dexter, Weeds, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, The Big C, Episodes, Shameless, Californication and The Borgias; more than 30 made-for-TV movies; as well as recent pilots House of Lies and Homeland. For the last 23 years, Klein spearheaded casting for Showtime while also working for other divisions of CBS/Viacom, including Viacom Prods., where she cast such series as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Ed.
Klein is the second senior Showtime executive to depart following the regime change at the cable network last year that saw David Nevins taking over from Robert Greenblatt as president of entertainment. SVP original programming Danielle Gelber exited at the end of her contract in December.