Karen Church and Fern Orenstein have been promoted to SVP Casting CBS Entertainment. They join fellow CBS Casting SVPs Lucy Cavallo in Los Angeles and Amy Herzig in New York. Both report to Peter Golden, EVP Talent and Casting.
In her new role, Church oversees casting of all series regular roles and guest star roles for current comedy series and comedy pilots including The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, The Millers and the upcoming The McCarthys and Odd Couple. Previously, Church oversaw casting for How I Met Your Mother for its entire network run, as well as Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens among others. She joined CBS in 1998, as director of casting for movies and miniseries.
Orenstein is responsible for overseeing the casting of long-form and event series, reality programming and CBS’s original mobile content. She is currently overseeing the casting for miniseries The Dovekeepers; previously her oversight included The American Baking Competition, host casting for Let’s Make a Deal and The Price Is Right, as well as casting talent for CBS.com’s broadband channel. Orenstein also has spearheaded hundreds of actor showcases and workshop,s as part of CBS’s Diversity Institute program, which is designed to give minorities opportunities in front of and behind the camera. Under Orenstein’s supervision, CBS casting has worked with CBS Daytime to help actors of color come to the attention of casting directors for the network’s daytime dramas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
“For over a decade, I’ve been fortunate enough to work side by side with Karen and Fern, two of the industry’s most talented casting executives,” Golden said in today’s announcement. “Their relationships with casting directors, agents, managers, showrunners and executives are unparalleled, their knowledge of actors is immeasurable, and their passion, dedication and commitment are boundless.”