United Talent Agency (UTA) today announced 35 promotions across over 20 divisions in multiple offices. UTA promoted the following colleagues to Agent, Executive and Associate levels. In Los Angeles, Pranav Mandavia is now an Agent in Digital Talent; A.J. Leone is now an Agent in Emerging Platforms; Zuzanna Ciolek is now an Executive in Fine Arts; Olivia Fanaro is now an Agent in Media Rights; Eni Akintade is now an Agent in Motion Picture Literary; Aïcha Forbes-Diaby is now an Associate in Music Business Affairs; Angelica Ayala-Torres is now an Executive in Music Innovation; Jordan Gorelick is now an Agent in Talent; Riley Folsom is now an Agent in Talent/Music Crossover; Liam McNamara is now an Associate in Television Business Affairs; Faith Brown, Connor Morgan, Talia Myers and Alejandra Reyes and are now Agents in Television Literary; and Kendall Schreiberg is now an Executive in UTA Marketing; and in New York, Mallory Guzzi is now a Designer in Brand Studio and Tina Dunca is now an Agent in Music Brand Partnerships.
UTA also announced 18 new Coordinators across multiple divisions. In Los Angeles, Qihan “Silas” Wang is now a Coordinator in Asia Business Development Crossover; Alex Swilley is now a Coordinator in Brand Studio; Kyle Boulia is now a Coordinator in Corporate Communications; Nicole Vincent is now a Coordinator in Digital Talent; Alex Don is now a Coordinator in Esports; Taylor Weil is now a Coordinator in Human Resources; Isaiah Jones is now a Coordinator in Live Events; Jev Valles is now a Coordinator in Motion Picture Literary; Brian Mercer is now a Coordinator in Speakers; Ross Wiggins is now a Coordinator in Talent; Echo Matthews and Spencer Reiss are now Coordinators in Television Literary; and Jeumana Jaber and Courtney Poey are now Coordinators in UTA Ventures; in New York, Candice Lyseight is now a Coordinator in Human Resources; Noah Friedlander is now a Coordinator in Music; and Dan Milaschewski is now a Coordinator in Publishing; and in Florida, Jessica Diehr is now a Coordinator in Speakers.
The elevated group exemplifies a range of backgrounds and experiences across gender, ethnicity and service in our country’s armed forces. Over half of those promoted identify as female, two are veterans, and over three-fourths started in the company’s industry-leading Agent Training Program, with one-fourth of those starting in UTA’s Internship program.
"This next generation of leaders have exhibited a profound spirit of resilience, innovation and ability that no pandemic could impact. The promotions serve as important milestones for our colleagues in their careers, as well as a testament to UTA’s continued evolution and growth across multiple business areas. I’m confident our clients and company will be well-served by their talents for years to come."
David Kramer, UTA Co-President
The 35 promotions come from a diversified range of divisions. UTA’s Music department represents a global roster of acclaimed artists and recently welcomed powerhouse agent Samantha Kirby Yoh as co-head of the group. Since the pandemic, the Music Brand Partnerships team secured over 200 deals and the department has helped execute several innovative shows, including Marc Rebillet’s drive-in concert tour, Kaskade’s full DJ set livestream from the Grand Canyon, Offset andamp; Friends and Post Malone’s first-of-its-kind Nirvana livestream YouTube tribute, among many others. The agency’s Speakers bureau is a market leader in the space, working with some of the world’s most influential public figures. UTA’s Marketing team has launched high-impact, creative initiatives for corporate brands including Coca-Cola, COVERGIRL, Delta Air Lines, General Motors, LinkedIn, and Lyft. UTA Ventures builds and invests in businesses at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology and leverage UTA’s expertise, relationships and endemic knowledge of the entertainment business landscape to provide companies and clients with a strategic advantage. Brand Studio is the company’s dedicated in-house design and brand strategy group, providing a wide variety of services to clients including consumer research, brand strategy, naming and design. The Emerging Platforms division provides strategic advisory to podcast creators, talent and networks. UTAand#39;s Media Rights department represents a wide variety of authors, books, articles, podcasts, journalists, estates, life rights, and thought leaders, with a focus on bringing their stories to the screen through film and television adaptations.
The elevations come amid UTA’s announcement of several commitments around diversity, equity and inclusion, including making an industry-leading decision to significantly raise the pay of all assistants and entry-level employees, the donation of $1 million to social justice causes, unconscious bias training for all colleagues, and elevating senior leaders of color to the Board of Directors and Partnership. This year, UTA became the first of the major agencies to reach an agreement with the WGA ending the year-long contract dispute between writers and all talent agencies.
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