WBTV taps ICM agent as casting chief

Tom Burke to replace Mary V. Buck, who is retiring

ICM agent Tom Burke has been named head of casting at Warner Bros. Television, replacing Mary V. Buck, who is retiring in May.

Burke has been named senior vp/head of casting at the studio, where he will supervise the casting of onscreen talent for all primetime television pilots and series produced by WBTV as well as scripted pilots and series for Warner Horizon Television.

"We have worked closely with Tom for many years as an agent and witnessed first-hand his passion for television and his taste in marrying the right talent with the right material," WBTV president Peter Roth said. "We look forward to Tom joining our team and to benefiting from his relationships as he leads our efforts to assemble the best casts for our pilots and series."

Burke will report to Roth and oversee senior vp Anthony Sepulveda, vp Margaret "Meg" Simon, directors Tony Birkley and John Power and manager Findley Davidson.

Burke has spent the past 10 years as an agent in ICM's TV talent department, representing Calista Flockhart, Lauren Graham, Martin Sheen, Shirley MacLaine, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rosie Perez and Dermot Mulroney, among others. He previously was a packaging agent in ICM's movies and miniseries unit for three years.

Burke's resume also includes casting positions at CBS Entertainment and Columbia Pictures TV as well as serving as director of development for movies and miniseries at Fox.