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, the television series Lab Rats, Shake It Up, Hannah Montana, I’m in the Band and the television movie Den Brother for Disney Channel, and the pilots Big Time Rush, The Troop and The Fresh Beat Band and the television movies Spectacular! and The Best Player for Nickelodeon. Meltzer’s career started 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, Elaine May’s Taller Than a Dwarf, Honour, Epic Proportions, Annie Get Your Gun (revival), Fosse, Chicago (revival), Annie (revival), and Grease (revival). Meltzer has been nominated for 14 Artios Awards for excellence in casting, sharing the honor twice for the television series Hannah Montana.