WBTV casting head Mary Buck to retire

40-year industry vet had been senior vp since 2002

Mary Buck
Mary V. Buck, head of casting at Warner Bros. Television, is set to retire May 27 after a 40-year career in the industry.

Buck had been serving as the studio's senior vp casting since 2002. WBTV said her successor will be named soon.

At WBTV, Buck oversaw all casting for primetime TV shows, including "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory," "The Vampire Diaries," "The Mentalist," "Gossip Girl," "The Closer" and "Chuck."

"Mary is one of the most accomplished casting executives in our business, a creative talent who has assembled some of the most memorable onscreen casts on TV and has made significant contributions to the success of Warner Bros. Television," WBTV president Peter Roth said.
Buck said she is "excited about starting a new chapter in my life," adding that "I have had the great fortune to be a part of an industry that I have always loved, and finishing up my career under the tutelage of Peter Roth has been the icing on a very special cake."

Before joining WBTV, Buck worked with Susan Edelman as a partner in Buck/Edelman Casting for more than 20 years, casting more than 60 pilots and nearly 70 telefilms and miniseries. She has earned two Emmy noms, for her work on "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Life With Judy Garland," as well as five Artios Awards for excellence in casting.

Along with Edelman, Buck received the Hoyt Bowers Award from the Casting Society of America for Outstanding Career Achievement in 2004. She also served as CSA president from January 1999-January 2002.
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