Artios fetes Donner, Hirschfeld


Director Richard Donner and casting director Marc Hirschfeld will be the special honorees at the Casting Society of America's 23rd annual Artios Awards.

Donner is set to receive a career achievement award, recognizing excellence in casting as well as overall contributions to the industry as a whole. As both director and producer, Donner has been involved in such successful movies as "The Omen," "Superman," "Maverick" and the "Lethal Weapon" series.

Hirschfeld will receive the Hoyt Bowers Award, honoring casting professionals who have elevated the profession by embodying the spirit and ideals of the late casting director.

Hirschfeld, executive vp casting at NBC Universal Television, oversees casting for all NBC Entertainment, Sci Fi Channel, Bravo and USA Network scripted programs. Most recently, Hirschfeld has overseen the casting of such NBC series as "The Office," "Heroes," "My Name Is Earl," "30 Rock" and "Friday Night Lights," among others. Before joining NBC, Hirschfeld spent 12 years at Liberman/Hirschfeld Casting, which he founded with partner Meg Liberman.

Winners in 20 theatrical casting categories will be announced Nov. 5 during the awards presentation at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.