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Freeform has a new head of casting.
As part of Disney’s continued realignment to focus on content groups, Lindsey Kasabian has been named senior vp casting for the younger-skewing basic cable network. The former vp casting at Touchstone TV/Fox 21 will continue to report to Sharon Klein, who this week was promoted to exec vp casting at Walt Disney Television.
Kasabian will work in tandem with Freeform president Tara Duncan on all talent for ongoing series and pilots at the cabler. She started the new role this month. She replaces Elizabeth Boykewich, who departed Freeform earlier this month after a 16-year tenure working in casting and talent relations.
“Lindsey is a gifted executive who has distinguished herself as someone producers and executives trust, and Tara and I knew she was just the right person to help lead Freeform’s casting going forward,” Klein said. “She is a champion of actors and, not only finds exactly the person the producers are looking for, but she’ll bring in the person producers didn’t even know they were looking for and end up falling in love with on sight, which is the test of a truly creative casting executive.”
Kasabian is fresh off working with Duncan on casting Freeform’s Single Drunk Female, starring Sofia Black D’Elia and Ally Sheedy. She has also helped cast series including Homeland, Genius, The Hot Zone, Fosse/Verdon, Pose, The Old Man and Dopesick. She started her career at 20th Television in 2006 as an assistant in the casting department.
“I’ve been so impressed with Tara’s vision for Freeform, so the chance to be a part of it was incredibly exciting,” she said. “There is an energy to the network of risk-taking and enthusiasm that is palpable and invigorating. I am so grateful to my longtime mentor, Sharon Klein, for this opportunity and to Tara for inviting me to join her on this ride.”
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