NBC names specialist on diversity

Resnick to o'see showcases, lead comedian workshop

NBC has hired a full-time executive to oversee its growing diversity casting programs.

Former Paramount casting exec Damona Resnick has joined the Peacock as producer of NBC’s Entertainment Talent Diversity Initiative.

Resnick will handle NBC’s diversity acting and standup comedy showcases and manage the net’s diversity projects. She’ll also create an NBC talent scholarship program for high school and college students.

She’ll report to NBC Entertainment casting exec veep Marc Hirschfeld, who had been looking to enlist a full-time diversity casting leader.

First up, NBC has introduced acting scholarships that will be awarded to juniors and seniors in the L.A. Unified School District who have shown promise.

Resnick will also lead a workshop for multi-ethnic comedians at the end of May in Chicago. And the Peacock has worked with the Oneida group in upstate New York to develop a database of working Native American actors.

Resnick most recently served as casting administrator in Paramount TV’s casting department. She also worked in TV movies and miniseries casting at CBS and produced diversity showcases at the Eye. The Northwestern grad also works as an instructor for the East-West Players’ Actors Conservatory.

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