Hirschfeld extends NBC casting role


NBC's head of casting Marc Hirschfeld has inked a new multiyear deal with the company.

Under the pact, Hirschfeld, who has served as executive vp casting at NBC Entertainment since joining the network in 1999, will expand his duties as executive vp casting at NBC Universal Television. In his new capacity, he will oversee scripted programs casting for NBC Entertainment as well as NBC Uni's cable networks USA Network, Sci Fi Channel, Bravo and USA Network. He will continue to maintain offices in Burbank and New York, reporting to Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

"Marc is regarded as the gold standard in the television industry as far as casting executives are concerned," Silverman said. "We are fortunate to continue our productive creative relationship with him for years to come."

Hirschfeld oversaw the casting of such NBC series as the Emmy-winning "The Office," "Heroes," "My Name Is Earl," "30 Rock" and "Friday Night Lights."

Before joining the executive ranks of NBC, Hirschfeld was an Emmy-winning casting director. For 12 years, he and partner Meg Liberman ran Liberman/ Hirschfeld Casting, one of the nation's largest and most successful casting agencies.

Hirschfeld was a member of the team that won an Emmy for casting HBO's miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." He also received multiple Emmy nominations for casting NBC's hit comedy "Seinfeld."

Hirschfeld is a member of the executive committee and advisory board of the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Casting Executive Peer Group Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.