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LatinXcellence: Why the TV industry needs more voices like Claudia Lyon

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Studio City, CA - June 4, 2021: Claudia Lyon, EVP of Talent and Casting at CBS Television, photogrpahed in her backyard in the Studio City Neighborhood of Los Angeles for CNN Latinx Ambitions portfolio. Credit: Damon Casarez for CNN.

As a college student, Claudia Lyon didn't know what a casting director was, let alone that one day she would be the head of casting at one of the largest networks in the country.

(CNN)As a college student, Claudia Lyon didn't know what a casting director was, let alone that one day she would be the head of casting at one of the largest networks in the country.

While her future in the industry was still unclear, Lyon took a leap of faith and traveled to Los Angeles to take a temporary job as a casting assistant on a movie.

"I don't think any of us thought I was going to stay here," Lyon said about she and her family.

Over the past two decades, Lyon has become a respected voice in the industry and overseen casting and talent departments at the WB Network, ABC Entertainment and now CBS Entertainment.

As a network executive, Lyon works closely with casting directors to make sure producers, studios and networks share a strong vision for each project.

"I feel like I can speak to those things through my work in casting. "

Overused line that execs say when passing on a Latino for a project: "I like to challenge when I hear 'we couldn't find anyone' or 'there was no one out there. ' I hear it less and less these days because I think when someone expresses that, they know the response is going to be 'How far did you look?

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