You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Big Ticket TV casts Ekholdt as talent VP

Exec to find thesps for 'Moesha,' 'Judge Judy'

Emmy-winning “NYPD Blue” casting director Donna Ekholdt has been tapped VP of talent development and casting at Big Ticket Television, a production company owned by Paramount-Viacom.

Ekholdt will scope out fresh thesps for Big Ticket’s slate of network and syndie programming, which includes the strips “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown”; UPN series “Moesha” and “The Parkers”; and the upcoming Fox midseason laffer “Gary and Mike.”

“Donna has proven herself as one of the top casting directors in the industry, said Big Ticket exec VP Bill Sanders. “She will play a pivotal role in identifying, attracting and introducing talent to Big Ticket Television’s expanding slate of quality television programming.”

Ekholdt worked for three years as director of casting at Twentieth Century Fox TV, supervising casting on the series “Dharma & Greg,” “Family Guy,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Chicago Hope” and “King of the Hill.”

Ekholdt serves as an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences governor and is treasurer of the Casting Society of America.

More Biz

  • Spotify Says It Was Unaware of

    Spotify Says It Was Unaware of Personal User Data Shared by Facebook

    Spotify was one of many technology companies to which Facebook granted vast access to users’ personal data — far more than it had previously disclosed, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday night. Facebook “effectively exempted those business partners from its usual privacy rules,” the report says, citing internal records and interviews. According [...]

  • The Best Gifts For Book Worms:

    Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts For Bookworms

    If you’ve got a bookworm or writer on your gifting list, you’ll want to find them something as creative and inspiring as they are. Pro tip: don’t get them a book. With any voracious reader and writer, it’s hard to guess what they’ve already read, and you don’t want to be a victim of re-gifting. To [...]

  • David Rhodes CBS News

    CBS News Faces New Challenges in Weeks Ahead

    At CBS News, President David Rhodes has a series of important decisions to make that could affect the trajectories of some of TV’s best-known news programs. As its parent company seeks to move forward from recent seismic events – the ouster of its former CEO, Leslie Moonves; a corporate probe into its workplace culture; and [...]

  • Listen: Sarah Bernhardt and the Birth

    Listen: How Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse Helped Create Modern Celebrity Culture

    They were pioneers in the business of superstardom more than a century ago. Behind the scenes, legendary actors Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse were also entrepreneurs who ran their own companies and controlled every aspect of their careers. The new biography “Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse and the Rivalry That Changed Acting [...]

  • Charter Communications logo

    Charter Reaches $174 Million Settlement on Internet-Throttling Fraud Suit

    Charter Communications agreed to a settlement valued at $174.2 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the U.S.’s second-biggest cable operator defrauded broadband customers by failing to deliver promised internet speeds. According to the terms of the settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office, Charter will pay $62.5 million in direct refunds to 700,000 active broadband [...]

  • Making a Murderer

    'Making A Murderer' Detective Sues Netflix for Defamation

    A retired sheriff’s detective sued Netflix for defamation on Monday, alleging that the hit series “Making a Murderer” falsely suggested that he planted evidence to frame a murder suspect. Andrew Colborn filed suit in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleging that he had been subject to “worldwide ridicule, contempt and disdain” since the docuseries [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content