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Marcello Bellisario
Senior Vice President, Talent & Casting, Lionsgate

Marcello Bellisario is Senior Vice President, Talent & Casting for Lionsgate. He holds the distinction of being the first head of Casting & Talent Relations in Lionsgate Television history. This is a department and Vice President position that he created upon his joining the company in 2014.

To date, he has worked closely with and supervised the casting of series and pilots for Academy Award®-nominated producers Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook (Casual/Hulu), Oprah Winfrey (Greenleaf/OWN), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is The New Black/Netflix), Clyde Phillips (Nurse Jackie/Showtime and Feed The Beast/AMC), Josh Stern and Greg Shapiro (Graves/Epix), Mark Schwan (The Royals/E!), Thomas Schlamme and Sam Shaw (Manhattan/WGN), and Alli Shearmur (Dirty Dancing/ABC). He is currently overseeing the casting of several forthcoming series, such as Dear White People (Netflix), White Famous (Showtime), Dimension 404 (Hulu), Nightcap (Pop), and Manhunt: The UNABOMer (Discovery/Trigger Street). Furthermore, Bellisario’s upcoming projects include Lionsgate’s first series for YouTube Red, Step Up, and the Studio’s TV adaptation of its ground-breaking film and television franchise The KingkillerChronicle.

Bellisario’s relationship with Lionsgate began as the studio and network executive in charge of overseeing the casting of the pilot for Nashville, which resulted in an Emmy® and Golden Globe® nomination for star Connie Britton, as well as two Golden Globe® nominations for Hayden Panettiere.

Prior to that, he spent four and half years working at ABC and ABC Studios, overseeing the casting of Scandal (Emmy®-nominated Kerry Washington and -winner Joe Morton), How To Get Away With Murder (Academy Award® and Emmy® winner Viola Davis), Grey’s Anatomy and Revenge (Golden Globe®-nominated Madeleine Stowe).