LatinXcellence: Claudia Lyon is using her voice in the decision room

Lyon matured in New york city, browsing her youth in a household with roots in Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and South Asia. Her love for TELEVISION and movie grew throughout the years to the point that she discovered a method to get tasks as an intern and assistant even without connections.

While her future in the market was still uncertain, Lyon took a leap of faith and took a trip to Los Angeles to take a momentary job as a casting assistant on a film.

“I don’t think any of us thought I was going to stay here,” Lyon stated about she and her household.

However giving up was never ever a choice for her, Lyon stated.

“Being first generation, I think a lot of times you feel a sense of responsibility to do what you’re doing, not only for yourself but for those who will come after you,” she stated. “I always felt like I had to make the most of every opportunity and persist.”

Over the previous twenty years, Lyon has actually ended up being a highly regarded voice in the market and managed casting and skill departments at the WB Network, ABC Home entertainment and now CBS Home entertainment.

As a network executive, Lyon works carefully with casting directors to ensure manufacturers, studios and networks share a strong vision for each task.

While there’s still far more to do to enhance Latinx representation in the market, Lyon stated she’s seen some current development. From an increased awareness that Latinos are more nuanced and not a monolith to more chances for Latinos to be cast in functions that aren’t particularly composed with a Latinx individual in mind.

Lyon understands she remains in a position to bring the voice of a Latina along her varied cultural background to the choice space. It’s an obligation that she does not ignore.

“We come from different cultures and different parts of the world. Some of us are first generation, some of us are second generation,” Lyon stated. “I feel like I can speak to those things through my work in casting.”

Claudia Lyon says her multicultural and multiethnic background has helped her sharpen her vision as a casting executive.


Name: Claudia Lyon

Job: Executive Vice President for Skill and Casting at CBS Home Entertainment

Projects you have actually dealt with: The upcoming CBS initial film “A Christmas Proposal,” series “Clarice,” “The Equalizer,” in addition to ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “black-ish.”

Years in home entertainment: More than 20.

Coach: “I’ve had a lot of mentors along the way. One person that comes to mind is a casting director named Phyllis Huffman. I was an intern and an assistant for her. She really was the person who helped guide and support me as I transitioned from working in New York to coming out to LA and finding my career path. She was the casting director for most of Clint Eastwood’s movies during her career.”

Latino…de dónde?: “My mother is from Guatemala, my father is from Trinidad and Tobago. I’m multicultural and multi-ethnic. I’m Latina and also of South Asian descent. I’m also from Brooklyn, New York.”

Trope I’d eradicate from TELEVISION permanently: “I would like Latinos to be viewed as more than one thing on television, more than one story to be told. There’s so many cultures within our community that I would like to see represented, and different looking Latinos and Latinas. I don’t want to see just one representation of Latinos in one story, I would really like to see a fuller, more wide ranging representation of us.”

Latinx actor/actress I believe will be a substantial star one day: “It’s hard to pick one person. There’s so many. But if we’re talking about someone specific, we just cast Jessica Camacho in the first Christmas movie that we’re doing for CBS. She was on our show “All Increase.” She’s really special and a rising star for TV and film. She’s really fantastic.”

Latinx program I want everybody was watching/had enjoyed: “I wish more people had watched ‘One Day at a Time.’ I felt like that show had everything. It had excellent writing, excellent cast. I’m really an admirer of Gloria Calderon Kellet’s work and what she does not only by bringing those stories to the screen but behind the scenes. I just thought the show was fantastic and hilarious.”

Tired line that officers state when handing down a Latino for a task: “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? Where did you look? We’ll introduce you to some more talent.'”

What I believe all market experts might do to assist increase Latinx representation on tv:

“I think there are a few things. First of all, whose story is not being told and tell those stories. Mentor, invest in talent and amplify voices. I think if you take a few of those and do those every day that could lead to a lot of opportunities and projects that we haven’t seen before.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.