United Talent Agency Promotes 8 Coordinators to Agent

United Talent Agency (UTA) has promoted eight of its coordinators to agents across seven divisions in their Los Angeles, New York and Nashville offices, it announced Friday evening.
Brett Duchon and Sarah Kowaney were bumped up to agents in UTA’s…

United Talent Agency (UTA) has promoted eight of its coordinators to agents across seven divisions in their Los Angeles, New York and Nashville offices, it announced Friday evening.

Brett Duchon and Sarah Kowaney were bumped up to agents in UTA’s licensing, branding and endorsements division. Kellen Alberstone was promoted to agent in alternative television; Max Karpen in speakers; Jessica Preciado in marketing; Sara Schoch in music brand partnerships; Miae Shin in news and broadcast; and Stephanie Smith in UTA IQ.

“At UTA we take great pride in fostering the industry leaders of tomorrow,” UTA Co-President David Kramer said in a statement. “With these promotions, we’re proud to celebrate the achievements of our colleagues across the agency.”

Kowaney is the first agent to come up through UTA’s University High Mentorship Program, which offers grants, college scholarships and internships for under-represented students in L.A. She began at the agency in high school under a mentor before being offered an internship ahead of college.

She, along with Alberstone, Duchon, Preciado, Schoch, landed a spot in the agency’s mailroom. Kowaney is now a mentor in the program where she got her start.

The agency also promoted 20 assistants to coordinators in music, television literary, digital, speakers, theatre, tour marketing, books, corporate services and UTA IQ across its L.A., New York and London offices.

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Oscar Winner Helen Hunt Signs With UTA

United Talent Agency has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt in all areas, the agency announced Thursday.

The Academy Award winner’s signing follows reports that she is seeking to reboot her star-making sitcom “Mad About You,” which is big business on the heels of Roseanne Barr’s resurrection. Hunt was previously repped by CAA for 25 years.

Hunt delivered an iconic performance in James L Brooks’ “Mad About You” and “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Female.”

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Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Additionally, Hunt transitioned behind the camera into directing with the feature “Then She Found Me” which Hunt co-wrote, produced and starred in opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler. She additionally wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy film “Ride.” More recently, Hunt has directed episodes of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” CBS’s “Life In Pieces,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” Showtime’s “House Of Lies” and “Californication” as well as ABC’s “Revenge,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People.”

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United Talent Agency has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt in all areas, the agency announced Thursday.

The Academy Award winner’s signing follows reports that she is seeking to reboot her star-making sitcom “Mad About You,” which is big business on the heels of Roseanne Barr’s resurrection. Hunt was previously repped by CAA for 25 years.

Hunt delivered an iconic performance in James L Brooks’ “Mad About You” and “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Female.”

Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Additionally, Hunt transitioned behind the camera into directing with the feature “Then She Found Me” which Hunt co-wrote, produced and starred in opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler. She additionally wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy film “Ride.” More recently, Hunt has directed episodes of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” CBS’s “Life In Pieces,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” Showtime’s “House Of Lies” and “Californication” as well as ABC’s “Revenge,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People.”

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Ice Dancing Shibutani Siblings Sign With UTA

Olympian ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani have signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).
The Shibutani Siblings recently competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea where they won two Bronze Medals for the United States. The pair, who have been skating for 14 years, became fan favorites throughout the Olympic games.
Prior to Pyeongchang, the Shibutani Siblings were renowned skaters. They are three-time World medalists, two-time U.S…

Olympian ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani have signed with United Talent Agency (UTA). The Shibutani Siblings recently competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea where they won two Bronze Medals for the United States. The pair, who have been skating for 14 years, became fan favorites throughout the Olympic games. Prior to Pyeongchang, the Shibutani Siblings were renowned skaters. They are three-time World medalists, two-time U.S…

Congressman Urges Hollywood To Send Donations To Parkland Families, Support Students’ GVP Efforts On Social Media

Congressman Ted Deutch today in a meeting at UTA urged Hollywood celebrities to launch a cavalcade of support on social media for the children’s crusade for gun violence prevention. Deutch, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 22nd congressional district, which includes the city of Parkland, spoke this afternoon to more than 200 agents and staffers at an event hosted by the talent agency – two of whose employees are alumni of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where…

Congressman Ted Deutch today in a meeting at UTA urged Hollywood celebrities to launch a cavalcade of support on social media for the children's crusade for gun violence prevention. Deutch, a Democrat who represents Florida's 22nd congressional district, which includes the city of Parkland, spoke this afternoon to more than 200 agents and staffers at an event hosted by the talent agency – two of whose employees are alumni of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where…

Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy Form Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

Hollywood top executives — including Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and WME’s Ari Emanuel — have formed and are funding a special commission to combat sexual misconduct in the industry.

The commission is chaired by Anita Hill, who made headlines with sexual harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during Thomas’ confirmation hearings in the early 1990s.

“We will be focusing on issues ranging from power disparity, equity and fairness, safety, sexual harassment guidelines, education and training, reporting and enforcement, ongoing research, and data collection,” said Ms. Hill in a late Friday statement. “It is time to end the culture of silence. I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”

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Dubbed The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, it also includes members Bryan Lourd, Co- Chairman, Creative Artists Agency; Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Paramount; Leslie Moonves, Chairman/CEO. CBS Corp.; Carol Lombardini, President, Alliance Motion Picture and Television Producers; and Chris Silbermann, Founding Partner, ICM Partners, among others. (See full list below). 

The Commission aims to “lead the entertainment industry toward alignment in achieving safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces — particularly for women and marginalized people,” according to a statement obtained by TheWrap. The goal is “to tackle the broad culture of abuse and power disparity.”

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said. “The fact that so many industry leaders–across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, ATA, AMPAS, television academy and guilds–came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

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The commission will reconvene immediately after the first of the year.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against unwanted sexual advances and contact. And Hollywood and media figures have been at the center of the storm of news coverage for several weeks, now. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry.

See the full list of committee members here:

Ari Emanuel, Co-Chair, William Morris Endeavor; Bob Iger, Chairman/CEO, Disney; Bryan Lourd, Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency; Carol Lombardini, President, Alliance Motion Picture and Television Producers; Chris Silbermann, Founding Partner, ICM Partners; David Young, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America; Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Gabrielle Carteris, President, Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA; Jeff Blackburn, SVP Business Development, Amazon; Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Jeremy Zimmer, CEO, United Talent Agency; Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Paramount; Karen Stuart, Executive Director, Association of Talent Agents; Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros; Maury McIntyre, President/COO, Television Academy; Mike Miller, 4th International VP/Dept. Director, Motion Picture & TV Production/IATSE; Russ Hollander, Executive Director, Directors Guild of America; Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group; Susan Sprung, Associate Executive Director, Producers Guild of America; Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix; Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman/CEO, Sony; Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records; Leslie Moonves, Chairman/CEO. CBS Corp., Neil Portnow, President, Recording Academy NARAS.   

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Hollywood top executives — including Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and WME’s Ari Emanuel — have formed and are funding a special commission to combat sexual misconduct in the industry.

The commission is chaired by Anita Hill, who made headlines with sexual harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during Thomas’ confirmation hearings in the early 1990s.

“We will be focusing on issues ranging from power disparity, equity and fairness, safety, sexual harassment guidelines, education and training, reporting and enforcement, ongoing research, and data collection,” said Ms. Hill in a late Friday statement. “It is time to end the culture of silence. I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”

Dubbed The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, it also includes members Bryan Lourd, Co- Chairman, Creative Artists Agency; Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Paramount; Leslie Moonves, Chairman/CEO. CBS Corp.; Carol Lombardini, President, Alliance Motion Picture and Television Producers; and Chris Silbermann, Founding Partner, ICM Partners, among others. (See full list below). 

The Commission aims to “lead the entertainment industry toward alignment in achieving safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces — particularly for women and marginalized people,” according to a statement obtained by TheWrap. The goal is “to tackle the broad culture of abuse and power disparity.”

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said. “The fact that so many industry leaders–across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, ATA, AMPAS, television academy and guilds–came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

The commission will reconvene immediately after the first of the year.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against unwanted sexual advances and contact. And Hollywood and media figures have been at the center of the storm of news coverage for several weeks, now. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry.

See the full list of committee members here:

Ari Emanuel, Co-Chair, William Morris Endeavor; Bob Iger, Chairman/CEO, Disney; Bryan Lourd, Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency; Carol Lombardini, President, Alliance Motion Picture and Television Producers; Chris Silbermann, Founding Partner, ICM Partners; David Young, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America; Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Gabrielle Carteris, President, Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA; Jeff Blackburn, SVP Business Development, Amazon; Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Jeremy Zimmer, CEO, United Talent Agency; Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Paramount; Karen Stuart, Executive Director, Association of Talent Agents; Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros; Maury McIntyre, President/COO, Television Academy; Mike Miller, 4th International VP/Dept. Director, Motion Picture & TV Production/IATSE; Russ Hollander, Executive Director, Directors Guild of America; Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group; Susan Sprung, Associate Executive Director, Producers Guild of America; Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix; Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman/CEO, Sony; Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records; Leslie Moonves, Chairman/CEO. CBS Corp., Neil Portnow, President, Recording Academy NARAS.   

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UTA Names David Kramer, Jay Sures Co-Presidents

David Kramer and Jay Sures have been named co-president of United Talent Agency (UTA), UTA’s Board of Directors announced Wednesday.

The pair became Managing Directors in 2010 and worked with CEO Jeremy Zimmer to grow UTA’s business. Over the past five years, the company has doubled in size to now include over 850 people globally, made major acquisitions in music, news and finance sectors, and recruited numerous agents and executives on both the creative and business sides.

In 2017, UTA announced its equity stake in investment firm AGM Partners, a 20 percent expansion of its partner ranks, a roster of directors that represents half the year’s top-grossing film, and a decision to cancel its annual Oscar party to hold a “United Voices” rally that financially benefitted the ACLU and International Committee for Refugees.

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Kramer oversees UTA’s motion picture group which includes its literary, talent, independent film finance, media rights and production departments, and he also directs the agency’s comedy touring, licensing, endorsement and publishing arms.

Sures oversees the agency’s television divisions, which includes UTA’s scripted and non-scripted groups, news and broadcasting, TV talent and speakers group.

“Jay and David embody the greatest parts of UTA, and I couldn’t ask for better, smarter or more creative partners,” said Zimmer. “They are, first and foremost, among our industry’s best agents. But they are also great colleagues, whose collaboration and entrepreneurship have helped build UTA into what it is today–a true, diversified media company with global reach. As UTA continues to grow and pursue new ventures, partnerships and acquisitions, these titles are a more appropriate reflection of their central roles and what’s next for UTA as an entertainment company.”

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“As we continue to expand and evolve into a truly diverse entertainment company, artists and creators remain at the center of everything we do,” said Kramer and Sures, who both began their careers as assistants to UTA Co-Founder Peter Benedek. “For us, this partnership has worked so well for so long because it’s always been more than just a professional experience. We’ve loved working and growing the business together, and we look forward to continuing that work with our fellow board members, partners, and everyone across the agency.”

UTA’s client roster includes Anthony Anderson, Wes Anderson, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Banks, Samantha Bee, Alec Berg, Anderson Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, James Franco, James Gunn, Kevin Hart, Angelina Jolie, Chuck Lorre, Dr. Phil, Chris Pratt, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer, Jill Soloway, Wanda Sykes, Jake Tapper and Channing Tatum.

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David Kramer and Jay Sures have been named co-president of United Talent Agency (UTA), UTA’s Board of Directors announced Wednesday.

The pair became Managing Directors in 2010 and worked with CEO Jeremy Zimmer to grow UTA’s business. Over the past five years, the company has doubled in size to now include over 850 people globally, made major acquisitions in music, news and finance sectors, and recruited numerous agents and executives on both the creative and business sides.

In 2017, UTA announced its equity stake in investment firm AGM Partners, a 20 percent expansion of its partner ranks, a roster of directors that represents half the year’s top-grossing film, and a decision to cancel its annual Oscar party to hold a “United Voices” rally that financially benefitted the ACLU and International Committee for Refugees.

Kramer oversees UTA’s motion picture group which includes its literary, talent, independent film finance, media rights and production departments, and he also directs the agency’s comedy touring, licensing, endorsement and publishing arms.

Sures oversees the agency’s television divisions, which includes UTA’s scripted and non-scripted groups, news and broadcasting, TV talent and speakers group.

“Jay and David embody the greatest parts of UTA, and I couldn’t ask for better, smarter or more creative partners,” said Zimmer. “They are, first and foremost, among our industry’s best agents. But they are also great colleagues, whose collaboration and entrepreneurship have helped build UTA into what it is today–a true, diversified media company with global reach. As UTA continues to grow and pursue new ventures, partnerships and acquisitions, these titles are a more appropriate reflection of their central roles and what’s next for UTA as an entertainment company.”

“As we continue to expand and evolve into a truly diverse entertainment company, artists and creators remain at the center of everything we do,” said Kramer and Sures, who both began their careers as assistants to UTA Co-Founder Peter Benedek. “For us, this partnership has worked so well for so long because it’s always been more than just a professional experience. We’ve loved working and growing the business together, and we look forward to continuing that work with our fellow board members, partners, and everyone across the agency.”

UTA’s client roster includes Anthony Anderson, Wes Anderson, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Banks, Samantha Bee, Alec Berg, Anderson Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, James Franco, James Gunn, Kevin Hart, Angelina Jolie, Chuck Lorre, Dr. Phil, Chris Pratt, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer, Jill Soloway, Wanda Sykes, Jake Tapper and Channing Tatum.

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UTA Promotes 9 Agents to Partner

United Talent Agency (UTA) has promoted nine agents to partner status, representing a 20-percent expansion of the agency’s top ranks, the company announced Tuesday.

Sarah Clossey, Steve Cohen, Gueran Ducoty, Charles Ferraro, Pete Franciosa, Allan Haldeman, Keya Khayatian, Tim Phillips and Jo Yao all join UTA’s 44 existing partners.

Clossey, Cohen and Yao are agents in UTA’s Motion Picture Talent department; Ducoty heads UTA’s Licensing & Endorsements department; Ferraro and Keya Khayatian are agents in UTA’s Motion Picture Literary department; Franciosa heads UTA’s Production department; Haldeman is an agent in UTA’s Television department; and Phillips is an agent in UTA’s Television Literary department.

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“These promotions reflect the strong individual contributions, skills and networks of our newest partners and our collective confidence about the opportunities ahead for our agency and clients in a shifting media environment,” said UTA Managing Directors Jeremy Zimmer, David Kramer and Jay Sures in a statement. “Each of these individuals plays an integral role in our success.  We value the passion, integrity and commitment they bring to work every day on behalf of UTA’s clients, and we know they will continue to accomplish great things.”

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Cohen, Ducoty, Ferraro, Khayatian, Haldeman, Phillips and Yao all came to the high ranks of the agency through the UTA Agent Training Program. Clossey, who represents stars like Bryan Cranston and Rashida Jones, joined UTA in 2007 from Paradigm, while Franciosa joined in 1998 from International Creative Management.

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United Talent Agency (UTA) has promoted nine agents to partner status, representing a 20-percent expansion of the agency’s top ranks, the company announced Tuesday.

Sarah Clossey, Steve Cohen, Gueran Ducoty, Charles Ferraro, Pete Franciosa, Allan Haldeman, Keya Khayatian, Tim Phillips and Jo Yao all join UTA’s 44 existing partners.

Clossey, Cohen and Yao are agents in UTA’s Motion Picture Talent department; Ducoty heads UTA’s Licensing & Endorsements department; Ferraro and Keya Khayatian are agents in UTA’s Motion Picture Literary department; Franciosa heads UTA’s Production department; Haldeman is an agent in UTA’s Television department; and Phillips is an agent in UTA’s Television Literary department.

“These promotions reflect the strong individual contributions, skills and networks of our newest partners and our collective confidence about the opportunities ahead for our agency and clients in a shifting media environment,” said UTA Managing Directors Jeremy Zimmer, David Kramer and Jay Sures in a statement. “Each of these individuals plays an integral role in our success.  We value the passion, integrity and commitment they bring to work every day on behalf of UTA’s clients, and we know they will continue to accomplish great things.”

Cohen, Ducoty, Ferraro, Khayatian, Haldeman, Phillips and Yao all came to the high ranks of the agency through the UTA Agent Training Program. Clossey, who represents stars like Bryan Cranston and Rashida Jones, joined UTA in 2007 from Paradigm, while Franciosa joined in 1998 from International Creative Management.

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