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Nickelodeon Consolidates Animation and Live-Action Casting

Liz Paulson will lead network’s new team that handles all casting and talent development for series, movies, and studio content.

Nickelodeon has consolidated its Animation and Live-Action casting and talent under one team, led by Liz Paulson, Senior Vice President, Talent and Casting for Nickelodeon Kids & Family, that will span all talent development and current series productions, movies, and Studio content. The move expands her current role overseeing animation casting and talent development; Paulson will now also oversee all live-action casting and talent for Nickelodeon and Studio content for third-party platforms.

Based in Nickelodeon’s Burbank Animation Studio, Paulson reports to President of Animation Ramsey Naito for animation talent/casting; and to Brian Robbins, ViacomCBS Kids & Family Entertainment President, for live-action talent/casting.

Since joining Nickelodeon in 2020, Paulson has used her relationships with the creative community and her strong understanding of identifying and cultivating talent to further galvanize a host of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series - part of the network’s largest slate ever - including:  Star Trek: Prodigy, The Patrick Star Show, the all-new Rugrats, Big Nate, Transformers, Baby Shark’s Big Show! and more.

Paulson has spent the past 20 years in the field of casting, discovering emerging talent and aligning high-end talent in the television arena. Prior to Nickelodeon, she served as Senior Vice President of Casting at 20th Century Fox Television, overseeing scripted and animation television projects including, American Horror Story, 9-1-1, Empire, Bob’s Burgers, Bless The Harts and Fresh off the Boat, among others. Paulson began her career in the commercial landscape and is a founding partner of Mel & Liz Casting, a commercial casting company that works with a variety of high-profile television and feature directors. In October 2015, Variety honored Paulson as one of Hollywood’s New Leaders.

Source: Nickelodeon