Samantha Hanks is Senior Vice President of Casting for Magical Elves. In her role at Magical Elves, Hanks is responsible for casting the talent and contestants for the company’s entire slate of projects including Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres in the Netflix hit “Nailed It” as well as the new season of “Project Runway” for Bravo which features host Karlie Kloss, mentor Christian Siriano and new judges Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth. Other credits include Netflix's “Sugar Rush,” Bravo's “Top Chef,” Universal Kids' “Top Chef Junior” and “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” and Oxygen's true crime series “Cold Justice” produced by Dick Wolf.
Prior to joining the Elves, Hanks partnered with culinary expert Gail Simmons to produce “Star Plates” for Food Network which was co-produced by Drew Barrymore and Flower Films. Hanks has also worked for celebrated film producers Jane Rosenthal at Tribeca Productions and Lynda Obst at Paramount Pictures. She gained studio experience at MGM, where she helped develop their slate of pictures, including the “Barbershop” franchise, before working as a creative executive for director/producer Jon Favreau on “Iron Man,” “Zathura,” and the Emmy-nominated IFC show “Dinner for Five.”