Casting chief signs multi-year extension

Fox casting chief Marcia Shulman is staying put and expanding her department in the process.

Shulman has signed a multi-year deal with Fox to continue as exec VP of casting, and has brought aboard Kim Williams as director of casting.

Shulman reports to Fox entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly, who said he’d known her for years before he joined the network.

“She has a remarkable knack for discovering talent and piecing together successful series,” Reilly said.

Shulman has spent the past six years at Fox overseeing the net’s development and current series casting needs. She also heads up Fox’s casting execs on both coasts.

The exec came to Fox from 20th Century Fox TV, which she joined in 1998 as senior VP of talent and casting. Before that, she was a film and TV casting director in New York, working on several indie features and the Nicolas Cage film “Vampire’s Kiss.”

Williams most recently headed up casting for all of Tyler Perry’s productions, including the features “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

Williams’ credits include casting series such as “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Girlfriends” and “My Wife and Kids.” She spent eight years at HBO and HBO Independent Prods. working on shows including “Martin.”

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