Claudia Lyon was named Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS Entertainment in July 2019. She reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Sr. Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.
In her role, Lyon oversees all talent and casting operations for CBS Entertainment’s primetime and daytime programming, limited series, alternative programs and specials. Most recently, she was instrumental in the casting of new CBS Original series NCIS: HAWAI’I and GHOSTS, as well as 2020’s breakout series THE EQUALIZER. Lyon also works closely with the corporate Office of Global Inclusion to produce the annual ViacomCBS Talent Showcase and is a member of the parent company’s Global Inclusion Advisory Council.
Prior to joining CBS, Lyon was Vice President, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment, since 2006, where she oversaw casting for all ABC Studios and ABC Signature pilots and primetime series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Scandal,” “black-ish,” and “High Fidelity.” Prior to that, Lyon oversaw the casting of ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” and the multi-Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award-winning “Modern Family,” among others. In addition, Lyon was involved in all aspects of that company’s domestic, global and digital initiatives that identified, developed and mentored talent from around the world.
Earlier, Lyon was Vice President, Casting and Talent at the WB Network, where she oversaw the casting of primetime series, including “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Supernatural.”
Lyon served on the advisory board for the NICA Foundation, an initiative to elevate rural communities in Central America. She has volunteered for Minds Matter and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Additionally, for the last several years, The Imagen Foundation has honored Lyon as one of their “Powerful and Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry.”