About Us

The Casting Firm is one of the nation’s most prominent unscripted casting companies and was founded in 2010 by veteran casting directors Goloka Bolte & Ethan Petersen. They’ve received 3 Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, every year since the category was created.

The Firm specializes in new series development, celebrity booking, host & expert casting, competition and game show contestants, reality participants & more. Ethan & Goloka make a powerhouse team – with a combined 30+ years of experience in the business, they’ve cast over 150 projects and built a stellar reputation as hard working dedicated professionals. They’ve booked talent for multitude of hit series and programs such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Grammy Awards, Sweet Home, Let’s Make a Deal, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Millionaire Matchmaker, MasterChef, American Idol: Idol Gives Back, Hell’s Kitchen, Swamp People, and many more.

From large scale newsworthy television events like the mass “Same Love” wedding with Madonna at the Grammys, to finding off-the-grid characters, dynamic hosts, over the top personalities or “needle in a haystack” stories, the Casting Firm has a proven track record of finding outstanding and memorable talent for almost any kind of project.

Ethan Petersen

A Los Angeles native, Ethan Petersen is no stranger to the entertainment industry. At an early age he followed in his fathers footsteps in front of the camera, but he quickly discovered that his passion lied behind the scenes. Whether finding reality participants or booking celebrities like Lady Gaga and Fergie to guest star on his projects, Ethan is well rounded in all aspects of casting.

Ethan has been fortunate enough to work with the top producers in the business. He has served as Supervising Casting Producer on such hit shows as NBC’s Average Joe 2 through 4, Americas Most Talented Kid, Who Wants To Marry My Dad, CBS’s Let’s Make A Deal with Wayne Brady, Cartoon Network’s Hole In The Wall, Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, Launch My Line, The Fashion Show, and Manhunt. Ethan has also worked directly for the Bravo Network’s development team as their Freelance Talent Director.

22nd Annual SAG Awards Red Carpet Photo Booth.

Goloka Bolte

Goloka Bolte started out at the age of 19 as an entrepreneur, launching and running an international luxury travel company. Having traveled and lived around the world, Goloka has a sophistication and breadth of international experience rarely found behind the scenes, and brings a unique perspective to the business.

Her first foray into casting was in 2003, when she was hired to cast season 2 of FOX’s megahit reality series Joe Millionaire. With broad experience over the different genres, Goloka has cast hit shows such as FOX’s MasterChef, Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, Millionaire Matchmaker, as well as VH1’s Tough Love and ABC’s Wife Swap, to name a few. Whether supervising a major network game show or working directly with network executives to develop shows around undiscovered talent,  Goloka’s work ethic, versatility, dedication, and eye for talent are unmistakable.


“Second Chance: season 3” SNAPCHAT
“Snoop Dogg’s The Joker’s Wild: season 2” TBS
“Snoop Dogg ‘s The Joker’s Wild: season 1” TBS
“My Partner Know’s Best: season 1” LIFETIME”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 11″ VH1
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10″ VH1
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: season 9” LOGO
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: season 8” LOGO
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 7″ LOGO
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 6″ LOGO
“American Tarzan” DISCOVERY
“Finding Prince Charming” LOGO
“Million Dollar Listing: NY” BRAVO
“Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco” BRAVO
“Million Dollar Listing: Miami” BRAVO
“Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” BRAVO
“Disney Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” ABC
“The Investment Club” OXYGEN
“Fix My Choir” season 1 OXYGEN
“56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Same Love Wedding Ceremony” CBS
“Disney Frozen Christmas Celebration” ABC
“Friends to Lovers” BRAVO
“Swamp People” season 5 HISTORY
“Win Lose or Draw” DISNEY
“Family Dance Off” ABC
“Property Envy” BRAVO
“Family Addition” UPTV
“Hells Kitchen” season 11 (celebrities) FOX
“Swamp People” season 4 HISTORY
“Tattoo Rescue” SPIKE
“Fashion Star” season 2 NBC
“My Big Redneck Vacation” season 3 CMT
“Redneck Rehab” CMT
“The Choice” (celebrities) FOX
“The Millionaire Matchmaker” season 6 BRAVO
Game Show Contestant Dept. Heads FREMANTLEMEDIA (CBS, NBC, CARTOON NETWORK, ABC, etc.)
“Total Blackout” SYFY
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” BRAVO
“Model Docu-Series” OXYGEN
“Destroy Build Destroy” CARTOON NETWORK
“Hole in the Wall 1.5” CARTOON NETWORK
“Human Resources” (pilot) A&E NETWORK
“Getting Married with Monique Lhuillier” (pilot) LIFETIME

“The Rachel Zoe Project” cycle 4 BRAVO
“The Curvy Stylist” (pilot) DISCOVERY
“Stitched” (pilot) LIFETIME
“Outrageous Kid Parties” TLC
“Doctors of Hollywood” (pilot) E! ENTERTAINMENT
“Jump City” G4
“Hidden Chef” (pilot)
“Hole in the Wall” CARTOON NETWORK
“My Ugly Best Friend” (pilot) VH1

“Lisa Williams Project” (pilot) STYLE NETWORK
“Downfall” ABC

“MasterChef” FOX
“American Idol: Idol Gives Back” FOX
“Such a Pretty Face” (pilot) E! ENTERTAINMENT

“What Chilli Wants” VH1
“Let’s Make A Deal”  CBS
“Celebrity Family Vacation” (pilot) SONY
“Guide To Healthier Living” MSN.COM
“Millionaire Matchmaker” seasons 2 & 3 BRAVO
“Shear Genius 3” BRAVO
“Launch My Line” BRAVO
“The Fashion Show” BRAVO
“The Ultimate Merger” TV ONE
“Baggage” (pilot) E! ENTERTAINMENT
“Tough Love” season 1 VH1
“Hole In The Wall” FOX
“The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” OXYGEN
“Bridezillas” cycles 2 – 4 WE
“Party Monsters: Cabo” E! ENTERTAINMENT
“Opportunity Knocks” ABC
“Transamerica Love Story” LOGO
“Last Model Standing”   E! ENTERTAINMENT
“A Shot at Love” season 1 MTV
“Wife Swap” season 2” ABC
“Average Joe 3, Adam Returns” NBC
“Who Wants to Marry My Dad 2” NBC
“Average Joe 2: Hawaii” NBC
“America’s Most Talented Kid” NBC
“Temptation Island 2” FOX
“Friend Or Foe” cycles 1 & 2 GSN
“Who Knows The Band” cycles 1 & 2 MTV
“Survival Of The Richest” WB
“Cold Turkey” season 1 & 2 PAX
“Manhunt” BRAVO
“Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” FOX
“Renovate My Family” FOX
“Through Your Eyes” (pilot) NBC
“My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé” FOX
“Coming Out” (pilot) FOX
“Joe Millionaire 2”    FOX

Music Videos:

“Goodbye My Lover” Atlantic Records Artist: James Blunt
“I Am Not My Hair” Motown Records Artist: India Arie
“Breath” EMI Artist: Telepopmusik