(June 7, 2018 – Burbank, CA) – Kristy Carlson, Senior Vice President, Feature Casting, Warner Bros. Pictures, will now head the department as its senior executive, responsible for working with Warner Bros. Pictures Group creative teams and filmmakers to cast key roles in the Studio’s films. Carlson, who has been with the company since 1999, will report to Courtenay Valenti, President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Carlson replaces Lora Kennedy, who left her role as head of Warner Bros. Pictures’ casting department earlier this week.
“Kristy is a great casting executive with impeccable taste and an innate talent for placing actors in their best roles, including a number of our recent tentpole releases,” said Valenti. “As the head of our casting team, she’ll help us further the Studio’s legacy of showcasing new and established talent in films of all genres across the industry’s broadest release slate. We’ll also look to Kristy to continue to do the great work of her colleague and predecessor, Lora Kennedy, who built our casting operation into one of the most successful and respected in the business.”
Carlson has worked in casting for more than two decades. She joined Warner Bros. in 1999 and has served as Senior Vice President of Feature Casting since 2010. She has served as Casting Director on a number of Studio releases, including “Justice League,” “Wonder Woman,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Man of Steel,” “Happy Feet,” “Happy Feet Two,” “Sucker Punch” and “Watchmen.”
Additionally, she helped supervise the casting of such projects such as the “Harry Potter” series, the “Fantastic Beasts” films, “The Last Samurai,” “Troy,” the “300” series, the “Sherlock Holmes” series, “Edge of Tomorrow,” “This Is Where I Leave You,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “The LEGO Movie,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Suicide Squad” and the upcoming releases “Crazy Rich Asians,” “A Star Is Born” and “Aquaman.”
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