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May 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
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May 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
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January 16, 1996
United Talent Agency confirmed it has reorganized its executive structure, with President Marty Bauer stepping down in favor of a seven-member committee. Bauer will be on that committee along with agents Jeremy Zimmer, Gary Cosay, Gavin Polone, Nick Stevens, Jim Berkus and Peter Benedek. Daily Variety reported that the change was announced to UTA's staff late Friday. UTA is a fast-growing agency representing such stars as Jim Carrey and Kelsey Grammer.
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January 30, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Hollywood talent agencies pride themselves on placing their star clients into the biggest movies and TV shows. Now, add YouTube to the list. William Morris Agency, one of the largest talent firms, is in talks for a deal that would funnel its clients -- both actors and consumer brands -- into videos created for the Internet giant.
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July 26, 1994 | ALAN CITRON
Some civilizations turn historic places into shrines to good or evil. Others merely redecorate them and move on, which helps explain how United Talent Agency came to occupy the sweeping Beverly Hills office that junk bond kingpin Michael Milken lorded over in the 1980s. UTA signed a lease on the space just one day after Drexel Burnham Lambert abandoned ship.
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June 12, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael J. Fox Signs With CAA: Actor Michael J. Fox has signed with Creative Artists Agency after 15 years of being represented by United Talent Agency. Fox, who is currently starring in "Life With Mikey," was rumored to be leaving United Talent Agency for several days. He spoke with several competitors before settling on Creative Artists.
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February 15, 2002 | Claudia Eller
Hollywood agent John Lesher, who represents such clients as directors Sydney Pollack, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Kimberly Peirce and Jessie Nelson and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at rival agency Endeavor. UTA agreed to settle Lesher's contract, which still had 14 months to go. At this point, it is unclear which of Lesher's clients will follow him. Lesher will be one of 10 partners at Endeavor. Lesher worked at UTA since 1991.
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November 30, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
In an attempt to adapt to changes in the entertainment industry resulting from digital technologies, United Talent Agency has hired veteran television executive Adam Ware as head of business development to help the agency seek out new media opportunities for its clients. Ware said he would help showcase the work of the agency's artists by identifying emerging distribution outlets beyond the established online players such as AOL, Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes and YouTube.
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July 10, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Jackson Signs With United Talent, Trade Paper Says: The pop superstar, a client of Hollywood's most powerful talent agency, Michael Ovitz's Creative Artists Agency, made the move in an effort to revive his marginal movie career, Daily Variety reported. The trade paper said the self-styled King of Pop had signed with United Talent Agency, which will represent him as an actor only.
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July 30, 1993
Leslie Maskin has joined the TV literary department of United Talent Agency, where she will package TV projects and individually represent writers and producers. Maskin previously worked as vice president of business affairs at NBC, after beginning her career as a program attorney at ABC in 1986. She holds a law degree from Fordham University. Greg Peck is the new vice president of promotion and black music marketing at Qwest Records. He will oversee its urban marketing and promotion efforts.
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July 3, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood IS all about bragging rights: who has the biggest box-office returns, the largest market share, the most Oscar nominations. Talent agents love the glory as much as anyone but generally prefer to keep the spotlight on their clients. So we've decided to do the back-slapping for them. As much as they say they dislike reading about themselves, agents very much have been in the news recently.
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November 30, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
In an attempt to adapt to changes in the entertainment industry resulting from digital technologies, United Talent Agency has hired veteran television executive Adam Ware as head of business development to help the agency seek out new media opportunities for its clients. Ware said he would help showcase the work of the agency's artists by identifying emerging distribution outlets beyond the established online players such as AOL, Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes and YouTube.
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November 3, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
As Hollywood studios make fewer movies in an effort to tighten their belts, top talent agencies quietly have sauntered into the void, becoming de facto bankers by enticing private equity money and wealthy outsiders to fund movies featuring their clients. The trend marks a significant shift for Hollywood, where studios have long served as the largest source of film financing.
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March 13, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
To understand the topsy-turvy world of Hollywood talent agencies these days, a tennis court in Iowa Falls, Iowa -- population 5,435 -- is a good place to start. It was there in the early 1980s that teenagers Patrick Whitesell and Suhail Rizvi formed a lasting friendship while practicing their serves. Two decades later, they're still playing on the same court. Whitesell is a partner at Endeavor Agency; Rizvi is the new co-owner of International Creative Management.
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November 2, 2005 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Like any top Hollywood agent, Jeff Berg is always looking to close a deal. On Tuesday, he sealed one of the biggest of his career by enticing a little-known Connecticut financier to invest about $100 million in Berg's International Creative Management. Home to such stars as Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster, ICM is now armed with the kind of war chest needed for Hollywood's escalating agency battles.
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October 14, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
The agents from Creative Artists Agency had barely returned from a corporate retreat in Ojai when rumors started spreading across Hollywood. Already the town's most formidable talent agency, CAA wanted to solidify its dominance and, as the chatter inside rival talent agencies held, it had pledged at its March gathering to go after "100% market share." CAA won't comment, but the results speak for themselves.
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February 7, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
In the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 25, talent agent Marty Klein had awakened in his West Hollywood condominium and gone to the refrigerator for a bottle of Evian water when he collapsed and died of a massive heart attack. He was 51 and left behind a wife and two daughters. Before the sun had risen over the city, before the obituary had gone out over the wire services, phone calls were placed to the homes of employees of Klein's firm, Agency for the Performing Arts, informing them of the news.
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November 2, 2005 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Like any top Hollywood agent, Jeff Berg is always looking to close a deal. On Tuesday, he sealed one of the biggest of his career by enticing a little-known Connecticut financier to invest about $100 million in Berg's International Creative Management. Home to such stars as Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster, ICM is now armed with the kind of war chest needed for Hollywood's escalating agency battles.
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March 11, 2002 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Like the buildup to a big movie, a tentative deal allowing talent agencies to sell part of their business to advertising agencies or to link up with production companies is getting billed as a marquee Hollywood event. But, as with a lot of things in the entertainment industry, it may not match the hype.
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February 15, 2002 | Claudia Eller
Hollywood agent John Lesher, who represents such clients as directors Sydney Pollack, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Kimberly Peirce and Jessie Nelson and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, has left United Talent Agency to become a partner at rival agency Endeavor. UTA agreed to settle Lesher's contract, which still had 14 months to go. At this point, it is unclear which of Lesher's clients will follow him. Lesher will be one of 10 partners at Endeavor. Lesher worked at UTA since 1991.
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