Sharon Lieblein, CSA
Sharon Lieblein, CSA, serves as vice president, casting and talent development, for Cartoon Network Studios. Lieblein oversees live-action talent and casting for the Studio and serves as the executive liaison between talent and the different divisions within the studio and network. She is responsible for identifying, casting and managing talent appearing on Cartoon Network Studios scripted and alternative live-action projects. She reports directly to Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network, and is based at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California. Lieblein came to Cartoon Network in May 2011 following a 12-year tenure with Nickelodeon, where she served as vice president of talent and casting since 2005. In this capacity, she oversaw all live-action casting for Nickelodeon Networks, including pilots, TV movies, specials and promos. Among her projects were such signature Nickelodeon shows as iCarly, Big Time Rush, Victorious, Zoey 101 and Drake and Josh, and she helped discover such talent as Emma Roberts, Lily Collins, Miranda Cosgrove, Victoria Justice and Drake Bell. She also oversaw animation casting at the network for two years. Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Lieblein worked as a freelance and in-house casting director on various feature and television projects including the Witt-Thomas Productions of The John Larroquette Show (NBC) and Pearl (CBS). Lieblein has been a working member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) since 1995 and an active Television Academy member since 1999. Additional affiliations include serving as vice chair of the Advisory Committee for “Looking Ahead,” a division of the Actors Fund of America.
Howard Meltzer, CSA
Howard Meltzer has been casting television in Los Angeles since 2002. He has been responsible for, and collaborated on, numerous series, pilots and made-for-television movies. For Disney Channel, his work includes the series Lab Rats, Wizards of Waverly Place: Reunion Special, Alex vs. Alex, Shake It Up, Hannah Montana and I’m in the Band, the pilot Girl Meets World, and the television movie Den Brother. His Nickelodeon credits include the pilots Life With Boys, Big Time Rush, The Troop and The Fresh Beat Band, and the television movies Spectacular! and The Best Player. His feature films include Lonely Boy and the Los Angeles casting for The Impossible. Meltzer began his career in New York as a staff casting director at Stuart Howard Associates, where he worked on the casting for the Broadway productions of The Graduate, Fortune’s Fool, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2000 revival), Elaine May’s Taller Than a Dwarf, Honour, Epic Proportions, Annie Get Your Gun (2001 revival), Fosse, Chicago (1996 revival), Annie (1997 revival) and Grease (1998 revival). Meltzer has been nominated for 16 Artios Awards for excellence in casting and has received the honor twice for the television series Hannah Montana.