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Veteran Casting Director Mark Saks is currently at work on “EVIL” (Paramount+) starring Katja Herbers and Mike Colter, a new series, “Happy Face” (Paramount+) and a pilot for CBS entitled “Elsbeth” starring Carrie Preston and Wendell Pierce. He has just completed six seasons of “The Good Fight” with Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald and Andre Braugher. Saks also cast “The Good Wife” (CBS) for all seven seasons for which he received four Artios Awards and five consecutive Emmy Nominations.
He has received a total of thirteen Artios nominations in various categories including comedy, drama and long form throughout his career. His other credits include “BrainDead” (CBS) starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit and Tony Shalhoub, the six-hour miniseries, “Klondike” (Discovery) starring Sam Shepard, Abbie Cornish, Richard Madden and Tim Roth, as well as the A&E miniseries, “Coma” starring Steven Pasquale, Lauren Ambrose, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss, James Woods and Geena Davis. Other series include “Prodigal Son” starring Michael Sheen, “Would I Lie to You”, “The Bite”, “Person of Interest”, “Medium”, “NUMB3RS”, “Dirt”, “Related”, “Hack”, “Welcome to New York”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “The George Carlin Show”, and “Knots Landing”, to name a few. Recently, he cast two six-episode seasons of the limited series, “Mercy Street” for PBS starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Radnor, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy.
Over the past thirty years, Saks has held executive positions at Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television. His work in the theatre encompasses Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions including nine years as the casting director for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego under the direction of Jack O’Brien. Saks regularly teaches master classes at Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Columbia University, Syracuse University and Ball State University, among others.