UTA today promoted eight agents to partner status. The agents are Marissa Devins, Nancy Gates, Peter Goldberg, Ramses IsHak, Rena Ronson, Leslie Schuster, Michael Sheresky and Brent Weinstein. UTA managing directors David Kramer, Jay Sures and CEO Jeremy Zimmer made the promotions. This brings the total number of UTA partners to 41, and there are around 200 agents in the Beverly Hills and New York headquarters.
“We are proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of Marissa, Nancy, Peter, Ramses, Rena, Leslie, Mike and Brent,” said the managing directors in a joint statement. “Each of them has played a major role in innovating our expertise across a diverse range of practice areas as well as providing the 100% client focus that drives our agency. We are proud to have them join the UTA partnership.”
In my neck of the woods, film, the three agents who’ve been elevated are stars. Rena Ronson heads up UTA Independent Film Group and is a film festival fixture, overseeing the financing, packaging and sales of indie films put together by agency clients; Ramses IsHak and Michael Sheresky are an anomaly in that they closely rep clients together and in recent years have helped break emerging star filmmakers including The Drop helmer Michael R. Roskam, St Vincent helmer Ted Melfi, Wedding Ringer helmer Jeremy Garelick, and Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who are directing the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film.
On the TV side, Marissa Devins is an agent in the Television Literary department representing creators, showrunners and writers; New York-based Nancy Gates is co-head of the Television Talent department; New York-based Peter Goldberg is an agent at UTA-owned N.S. Bienstock (UTA purchased that broadcast news agency last year) where he represents broadcast journalists, hosts and other on-air talent in major U.S. markets and across national and international media; and Leslie Schuster is a Television Literary agent and head of the TV Director department. Brent Weinstein is head of Digital Media, a department he helped to form in 2003. He oversees UTA clients who work in digital as well as venture funding, M&A work and other strategic advisory services for start-ups and Fortune 500 clients.