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CBS Promotes Karen Church, Fern Orenstein to SVP, Casting

The pair had previously handled casting for “How I Met Your Mother,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and other programs

Karen Church and Fern Orenstein just landed new roles, as senior vice president, casting for CBS Entertainment.

Church and Orenstein have both been promoted to the position, CBS’s executive vice president, talent and casting Peter Golden said Thursday.

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Reporting directly to Golden, the pair join CBS casting senior vice presidents Lucy Cavallo in Los Angeles and Amy Herzig in New York.

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Church (pictured at left), was previously vice president, casting at CBS Entertainment, and will oversee the casting of series regular and guest-starring roles on CBS comedies and comedy pilots including “The Big Bang Theory,” “The McCarthys” and the network’s upcoming “Odd Couple” reboot. Previously, Church handled casting for “How I Met Your Mother,” Everybody Loves Raymond” and others.

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Orenstein (pictured above), who previously oversaw casting for “The American Baking Competition” and host casting for “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right,” will now oversee casting for long-form, event series, reality programming and CBS’ original mobile content. Currently, Orenstein is handling casting for the network’s upcoming Mark Burnett-Roma Downey miniseries “The Dovekeepers.”

“For over a decade, I’ve been fortunate enough to work side by side with Karen and Fern, two of the industry’s most talented casting executives,” Golden said. “Their relationships with casting directors, agents, managers, showrunners and executives are unparalleled, their knowledge of actors is immeasurable, and their passion, dedication and commitment are boundless.”