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, 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,” “black-ish,” “grown-ish” and CRIMINAL MINDS. 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 ABC casting’s domestic, global and digital initiatives under ABC Discovers, a series of initiatives that identify, develop and mentor talent from around the world. These initiatives included the annual New York and Los Angeles Talent Showcases, the Digital Talent Competition, Latino/Hispanic Outreach, Asian/Pacific Islander Outreach, Global Talent Outreach and Actor Workshop Week.
Prior to joining Disney|ABC Television, 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,” “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” 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). The Imagen Foundation honored Lyon as one of their Powerful and Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.
Lyon graduated from Binghamton University-State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and cinema.