Emmy Nominated in the first ever Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program category, The Casting Firm is one of the nation’s most prominent unscripted casting companies. Specializing in New Series Development, Celebrity Booking, Host & Expert Casting, Game Show Contestants, Reality Participants, Model Booking & more, the company was founded by veteran casting directors Ethan Petersen & Goloka Bolte. Together they have cast a multitude of hit series and provided celebrity talent, contestants, experts and participants for shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Grammy Awards, Lets Make a Deal, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Millionaire Matchmaker, MasterChef, American Idol: Idol Gives Back, Hells Kitchen, Swamp People, and many more.
Ethan and Goloka have built a stellar reputation as hard working, dedicated, and professional Supervising Casting Directors, and make a powerhouse team. The Firm represents their combined 25+ years experience in television, and they, along with a stellar support staff, have cast over 60 projects in the last 3 years alone. The Casting Firm has a proven track record of finding outstanding talent for almost any kind of project.
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.
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.