BREAKING: UTA has made partners of four of its best and brightest. The agency has given partnership promotions to motion picture talent agents Jay Gassner, Chris Hart, and Josh Katz, and also TV Talent Co-Head Mike Jelline.
Collectively, the quartet reps an array of up and coming talent. The client list of the four includes: Aziz Ansari, Morena Baccarin, Lake Bell, Sarah Chalke, Dane Cook, David Cross, Chris D’Elia, Nick Frost, Brad Garrett, Maggie Grace, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Gunn, Bill Hader, Dan Harmon, Kevin Hart, Anne Heche, Simon Helberg, Sam Hueghan, Jack Huston, Jake Johnson, January Jones, Keegan Michael Key, Jane Krakowski, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Lucy Liu, Virginia Madsen, Jennette McCurdy, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobby Moynihan, Megan Mullally, Annie Mumolo, Becki Newton, Alex O’Loughlin, Jason O’Mara, Nick Offerman, Nancy Oliver, Aaron Paul, Andrew Rannells, Stephen Rannazzisi, Naya Rivera, Jordan Vogt Roberts, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Paul Scheer, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Smits, Rafe Spall, Corey Stoll, Jorma Taccone, Amber Tamblyn, Maura Tierney, Aisha Tyler, Liv Tyler, Vanessa Williams, Paul Walker and Kristen Wiig.
“We are pleased to announce the partnership promotions of Jay, Chris, Mike and Josh,” said the UTA Board of Directors in a joint statement. “There are many ways an agency grows, and organic matriculation into the partnership is in many ways the most rewarding for all concerned. This elevation recognizes not just what they have accomplished but perhaps more importantly the responsibility of further accomplishment that we have placed on them as future leaders.”
Hart, who hails from Philadelphia, joined UTA in 2010 from ICM where he was made an agent after starting in the WMA mailroom; Jelline, who’s from Portland, joined UTA in 2011 from ICM, where he rose to head of TV Talent before being named to co-head UTA’s TV Talent department in 2012 with Nancy Gates; Gassner, who came from Boston, joined the mailroom in 1998 and became a TV lit agent in 2001 before moving to talent in 2007; Katz, a New Yorker, started in the UTA mailroom in 1996 and became an agent three years later.