The head of CBS’ casting department is leaving the network.
Peter Golden is stepping down effective immediately, Highlight Hollywood has confirmed. Golden’s name surfaced in connection with a pair of controversies about the network’s culture in recent months.
The network confirmed that Golden is departing CBS but declined further comment.
Golden was mentioned in a NYT exposé about former CBS chief Les Moonves in which he was told to make a casting offer to actress Bobbie Phillips after Phillips claimed Moonves had sexually assaulted her. The actress went public with her allegation in the newspaper’s November story.
In April, former CBS diversity and inclusion executive Whitney Davis said in an essay that Golden “doesn’t find minority performers to be as talented as white actors,” which Golden called “categorically untrue.”
CBS has been criticized for its lack of onscreen diversity in the past, though it made some strides in 2018-19 by picking up several new series — including The Neighborhood, God Friended Me and Magnum P.I. — with actors of color in lead roles.
Golden is one of several CBS executives and creatives who have left the network amid controversy in the past year, headlined by Moonves’ ouster in September 2018 over multiple reports of sexual misconduct.
CBS Studios exec Vinnie Favale was put on leave in October following allegations by nine people that he used inappropriate language in the workplace. Former NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Brad Kern had an overall deal with CBS Studios terminated following multiple HR investigations into his behavior.
Variety first reported the news of Golden’s exit.