BURBANK, CA April 14, 2015 – Entertainment Partners (EP), the entertainment industry's leading provider of production workforce solutions, announced today that Central Casting's Jennifer Bender has been promoted to Executive Vice President. She will serve on the EP executive team and will oversee Central Casting's operations in Los Angeles, New York, and New Orleans.
Bender has over 20 years of casting experience and has been an integral part of Central Casting since she started with the company as a Senior Casting Director. She has worked on many major feature film and TV projects, and has established strong relationships across the industry. Bender successfully led the development of the Central Casting feature division, designed to offer boutique services specific to needs of the Director and Producer. She also brought a growth-oriented approach to the company, spearheading their expansion into the New York and Louisiana markets, and is currently looking at locations for an Atlanta office.
In her role as Executive Vice President, Jennifer intends to continue to expand the Central Casting brand nationally and internationally. She is currently leading a Casting technology modernization project, which when completed will significantly impact the casting experience for both background actors and production.
“Jennifer has consistently been a strong advocate for her clients and a respected mentor to her teams,” notes Mark Goldstein, President and CEO of Entertainment Partners. “We look forward to Jennifer's contributions to furthering our success across Entertainment Partners and all of our brands.”
“Though we are proud to be celebrating Central Casting's 90th anniversary in December, I think we are still scratching the surface in terms of what can be done to move the casting experience forward,” adds Bender. “I feel privileged to work with such a dedicated and talented team in building out our presence.”
A longtime resident of Santa Monica, Bender is an avid athlete who enjoys all outdoor activities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, which is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor and homeless of the Burbank community with the basic services they need to live with dignity.