Judging by the number of cable and broadcast news faces one sees day in and day out that are repped by United Talent Agency it is not unfair to say UTA has become the most powerful talent agency in broadcast journalism. Now, Jay Sures, who two and a half years ago led the acquisition of power news agency N.S. Bienstock, has been named co-president of UTA along with David Kramer. Sures has singlehandedly signed Jake Tapper, Dr. Phil McGraw, Chuck Todd, Don Lemon, Martha Raddatz and many more. In 2016, Mediaite named him to our 2016 list of most influential in news media.. Now he inevitably becomes an even more influential player in the broader entertainment space.
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David Kramer, Jay Sures Named Co-Presidents of United Talent Agency
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 (Beverly Hills, CA) — David Kramer and Jay Sures have been named co-presidents of United Talent Agency (UTA), it was announced today by UTA’s Board of Directors. With CEO Jeremy Zimmer, the two longtime agency leaders have directed UTA’s significant growth and expansion over the past several years.
“Jay and David embody the greatest parts of UTA, and I couldn’t ask for better, smarter or more creative partners,” said Zimmer. “They are, first and foremost, among our industry’s best agents. But they are also great colleagues, whose collaboration and entrepreneurship have helped build UTA into what it is today—a true, diversified media company with global reach. As UTA continues to grow and pursue new ventures, partnerships and acquisitions, these titles are a more appropriate reflection of their central roles and what’s next for UTA as an entertainment company.”
Since becoming Managing Directors in 2010, Sures and Kramer have worked with Zimmer to significantly grow UTA’s business. Over the past five years, the company has doubled in size to now include over 850 people globally, made major acquisitions in the music, news and finance sectors, and recruited numerous leading agents and executives into critical positions on the creative and business sides. In 2017, UTA’s momentum has continued with the announcement of its equity stake in investment firm AGM Partners, a 20% expansion of its partners ranks; a roster of directors that represents half the year’s top-grossing ($100M+) films, continued market share leadership in the world of news and broadcast representation, and the high-profile decision to cancel its annual Oscar party to instead hold a “United Voices” rally that attracted nearly 2,000 people from across the creative community and financially benefitted the ACLU and International Refugee Committee.
“As we continue to expand and evolve into a truly diverse entertainment company, artists and creators remain at the center of everything we do,” said Kramer and Sures, who both began their careers as assistants to UTA Co-Founder Peter Benedek. “For us, this partnership has worked so well for so long because it’s always been more than just a professional experience. We’ve loved working and growing the business together, and we look forward to continuing that work with our fellow board members, partners, and everyone across the agency.”
UTA Chairman and Co-Founder Jim Berkus said: “It has been one of the great joys of my career to watch David and Jay ascend through the UTA ranks. I could not be more thrilled with their achievements or more confident in the agency’s future. Jay and David are homegrown, tight-knit and excellent leaders. I’m proud of the amazing work being done to take our company forward as one of the leaders in our industry.”
Kramer oversees UTA’s motion picture group, which includes its literary, talent, independent film finance, media rights, and production departments, and he also directs the agency’s comedy touring, licensing, endorsement and publishing arms.
Sures oversees the agency’s illustrious television divisions, encompassing everything from UTA’s scripted and non-scripted groups, news and broadcasting, TV talent and its fast-growing speakers group.
UTA’s client roster includes such artists as Anthony Anderson, Wes Anderson, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Banks, Samantha Bee, Alec Berg, David Chase, the Coen Brothers, Anderson Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, James Franco, James Gunn, Kevin Hart, Angelina Jolie, DJ Khaled, Don Lemon, Steve Levitan, Chuck Lorre, Ted Melfi, David Muir, Norah O’Donnell, Dr. Phil, Chris Pratt, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Amy Schumer, Mike Schur, Jill Soloway, Wanda Sykes, Jake Tapper, Channing Tatum, Chuck Todd, and more.
They are both longtime members of the UTA Board of Directors, along with Zimmer, Berkus, Benedek, Tracey Jacobs and Matt Rice, as well as outside investor Jeffrey Ubben.
About United Talent Agency
Leading global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency represents many of the most acclaimed figures across film, television, news, music, sports, theater, fine art, literature, video games, podcasts and other social and digital content. A passionate advocate for artists, creators and innovators, the company also is recognized in the areas of film finance and packaging, branding, licensing and endorsements. UTA is known for its dedicated digital strategy group helping clients—from A-list talent to Fortune 500 companies—capitalize on a rapidly changing entertainment, media and business landscape. The agency’s worldwide presence includes its Los Angeles headquarters and offices in New York, London, Nashville, Miami and Malmö, Sweden.