EXCLUSIVE: Jim Berkus remains chairman and just sent out a notice to staff. Jeremy Zimmer is one of the Hollywood agency’s 6 owners and is a UTA co-founder and managing director. The 53-year-old Zimmer tells me that he took on the CEO role because “it’s important as the company reaches outside its traditional business into finance, international and digital. It’s a title people more readily identify with. My opinion is that this is only 10 years overdue — which is why we’re doing this right now.” Zimmer immediately becomes the agency’s heir apparent to Berkus. Zimmer told me that UTA “is in a great place in terms of stability and solidarity. And also to some degree the partners are acknowledging the role I played in helping us accomplish some of that stuff. It’s positioning for the future.” The other 6 UTA owners are Berkus, Peter Benedek, Jay Sures, Tracey Jacobs, and David Kramer. Zimmer now oversees more than 125 agents and 350 employees in Beverly Hills and New York in motion pictures, television, music, intellectual property, digital media, video gaming, branded entertainment as well as film and television packaging, film finance, corporate consulting, branding, licensing, endorsements, and the representation of production talent.
Zimmer was once known as the bad boy among Hollywood agents but has worked hard to become relentlessly respectable inside the agenting profession. What kept his career going despite some stops and starts was that he was known for … Read More »
UTA’s TV literary agent David Park has been promoted to partner. Park is a homegrown UTA talent — he started his career in the agency’s Agent Training Program and was promoted to an agent in 1998 in the TV lit department. “Dave is one the best agents working in the entertainment industry today,” said Jay Sures, UTA Board member and Head of TV. “His partner promotion reflects the extraordinary contribution he has made to UTA throughout his career and the vital role he will play in the future success of our agency.” Park is the third TV lit agent to get partner stripes in the past 2 months. At the end of October, ICM’s Mickey Berman and Josh Hornstock joined the agency as partners. UTA, which marked its 20th anniversary last year, is moving into a new Beverly Hills office complex in 2012.
UTA has gone outside of the agency world for its latest agent hire. Lucinda Moorhead, Manager of Development at BBC Worldwide Prods., is joining UTA as an agent in the TV Literary Department. She will start at the beginning of the year. Moorhead, who has some agency experience (she started off as an assistant at CAA), spent the last 3 years at Los Angeles-based BBC Worldwide Prods.. There, she worked on the development of scripted series, including Starz’s Torchwood: Miracle Day; Starz’s upcoming drama series Da Vinci’s Demons, and the NBC drama project Borgen, based on the Danish format. “Lucinda is a passionate advocate for great television, and we know she will be a terrific agent and a major asset to our team,” UTA Managing Director Jay Sures said. Added Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Prods., Lucinda has a rare combination of drive, creative passion, insight and wit. She is a class act, talented, warm, funny and bright. UTA is lucky to have her spark on their team, and we all wish her huge amounts of luck and happiness on this exciting new stage of her career. ”