Bienstock, the news and broadcast division of talent/literary agency UTA, has hired CBS News executive Crystal Johns as a broadcast news agent.

Johns will represent clients working in network and cable news as well as in top local markets.

CBS NEWSAt CBS News, Johns was the Director of Talent Development and Diversity, where she was responsible for recruiting talent for the Division and for the oversight of employee development and mentoring programs. Johns was the first person to assume this position for CBS News. In that role she developed partnerships with special interest and journalist groups, Bienstock said in today’s announcement, and was involved in developing special advisory councils for the news division and for CBS Corporation. Johns joined CBS News in 2006, after serving as coordinating producer for Allen/Nee Productions, where she headed projects for CNN Newsource. Before that, she was the special projects manager for the CBS-owned station WJZ-TV in Baltimore. While there, Johns was executive producer for the station’s daily live talk show, People are Talking. Previously, she served as executive producer and producer for talk show Good Day at WCVB-TV in Boston. Prior to that, she was a producer and booker for WJZ’s People are Talking with Oprah Winfrey and Richard Sher.

“We know Crystal will be a terrific agent, and we’re delighted she has joined our team,” Richard Leibner, co-president and co-founder of Bienstock, said in today’s announcement.