Fox Reorganizes Casting Department

Tess Sanchez and Seth Yanklewitz

Tess Sanchez upped to senior vp casting after longtime executives Marcia Shulman and Bob Huber will depart their posts.

Fox's casting department is rearranging its staff after two high-level executives announced their departure Friday.

After 11 years with Fox, Marcia Shulman has opted to leave her post as executive vp casting and transition into an independent role with the company. In addition, senior vp casting Bob Huber announced his retirement and plans to head east after spending 19 years with the company.

Schulman, who is relocating to New York, will remain with Fox as an independent consultant focusing on talent scouting both stateside and internationally.

"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," Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "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."

Huber was key in casting such Fox shows as That '70s Show, Raising Hope, Fringe and the network's delayed drama Terra Nova.

In their place, Tess Sanchez has been promoted to senior vp casting and will succeed mentor Shulman beginning June 1. She will report to Reilly.

"I couldn't be more pleased that Tess Sanchez will be stepping up to lead our casting team," Reilly added. "Tess has been groomed by Marcia and is a natural leader with enviable industry relationships and an incredible eye for talent. She's the ideal executive to continue our casting strength."

Sanchez, who will make additional hires to bolster the department, tapped feature film casting exec Seth Yanklewitz (The Hangover) as vp casting. He will report to Sanchez.

In addition, Clint Alexander has been upped to director of casting and will report to Shulman in New York. He was an independent casting associate and first joined Fox in 2005.