UTA Names Two Dozen New Partners, Including Five From MediaLink

United Talent Agency is expanding its partnership class by 24 today.

As Judd Apatow parts ways with the Jeremy Zimmer-led UTA after 30 years (as Deadline exclusively reported today), the agency announced the promotion of the two dozen from a wide range of divisions. Thursday’s promotions top the 19 new partners that UTA unveiled in October 2020, a 30-year high.

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It’s worth noting there are five of the new partners today coming out of the agency’s unsettled MediaLink division, which saw its founder and ex-UTA partner Michael Kassan in a messy and ongoing employment and legal melee with UTA the past few months. UTA’s Music division also spawns five new partners, and a trio of new partners out of the Publishing unit, among others.

“Each of these new partners embodies UTA’s commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration, which translates into impeccable service for our clients,” UTA President David Kramer said Thursday. “We are thrilled to welcome them to the UTA partnership.”

“I’m especially encouraged to see the wide variety of newer departments and businesses this group of partners hails from, reflecting the success of our expansion and diversification strategy over the past several years,” Krammer added.

Speaking of expansion: Donna Sharp, Devrie DeMarco and several of the new partners out of MediaLink were named to replace Kassan as the standalone’s new leadership team last month. All report directly to Zimmer.

Here is the full list of new UTA partners & their respective department:

Obi Asika, Music

·         Dan Constable, Endorsements & Voiceover

·         Devrie DeMarco, MediaLink

·         Doug Edley, Comedy Touring

·         Roysi Erbes, UTA Executive Search

·         Heidi Feigin, Comedy Touring

·         Andrew Feinberg, KLUTCH

·         Christy Fletcher, Publishing

·         Kevin Gimble, Music

·         Steve Gordon, Music

·         Jeffrey Hasson, Music

·         Michele James, UTA Executive Search

·         Damon Lau, UTA Creators

·         Byrd Leavell, Publishing

·         Albert Lee, Publishing

·         Nicole Lynn, KLUTCH

·         Nigel Meiojas, Talent

·         Matt Meyer, Music

·         Brian Nossokoff, Talent

·         Jennifer Palacios, Entertainment & Culture Marketing

·         Andrea Kerr Redniss, MediaLink

·         Donna Sharp, MediaLink

·         Christopher Vollmer, MediaLink

·         Mark Wagman, MediaLink

Pivoting harder to newer arenas like sports, with KLUTCH and Rep 1 Baseball, and  strategic advisory with MediaLink, which UTA purchased in 2021 for $125 million, the agency has taken a more global approach with the opening of a new office in burgeoning Atlanta and grown in the UK over the past year.

To that, UTA has increased the roles and responsibilities of around 130 employees, including the 24 promoted to partner today, over the past five months.

Back in February, the agency promoted 104 employees across 25 departments including the Business Affairs, Comedy Touring, Communications, Endorsements & Voiceover, , Fine Arts, Independent Film, Information Technology, IQ, KLUTCH Sports Group, and MediaLink.

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