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UTA promotes David Kramer and Jay Sures

Talent agency UTA has announced two major promotions, elevating David Kramer to president and Jay Sures to vice-chair.

The US-based duo have served as co-presidents of the company since 2017.

In an internal email seen by Deadline, UTA co-founder and CEO Jeremy Zimmer says Kramer’s promotion “acknowledges the important role he serves as my close strategic partner, leader of a large part of UTA’s operations, and forward-thinking business builder”.

“Again and again, David has been a trusted ally to clients and a passionate champion of our people and our culture,” says Zimmer. “Having David as our president underscores my confidence in the future direction and stewardship of our business.”

Sures, meanwhile, is hailed by Zimmer as “the ultimate power player”.

“We will rely even more on Jay’s unique blend of instincts, intelligence, deep connections, and external relationships”

“He has played a major role in systematically building our television group, including literary and talent, into an industry leader while representing a wide roster of clients,” he says. “He also oversees, and continues to grow, our news, speakers, and culture and leadership groups. As vice-chairman, we will rely even more on Jay’s unique blend of instincts, intelligence, deep connections, and external relationships to continue to drive our business forward across many dimensions.”

Earlier this summer, Kramer led UTA’s acquisition of UK agency Curtis Brown and played a key role bringing in global finance firm EQT as UTA’s largest outside investor.

Sures, meanwhile, has helped build the agency’s TV group and oversees UTA’s news, speakers and culture and leadership businesses.

will enable both executives to focus on their respective strengths. were confirmed days after UTA announced the hiring of veteran music agent Scott Mantell, who most recently served as a partner and co-head of international touring at ICM.

 


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United Talent Agency appoints new co-presidents

David Kramer and Jay Sures have been promoted to co-presidents of United Talent Agency (UTA).

Kramer, who oversees who UTA’s film, comedy touring, licensing and publishing activities, and Sures, who heads up its television departments, both began their careers as assistants to agency co-founder Peter Benedek, and have since 2010 served as joint managing directors.

“Jay and David embody the greatest parts of UTA, and I couldn’t ask for better, smarter or more creative partners,” says Jeremy Zimmer, CEO of Beverly Hills-based UTA. 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.”

“We’ve loved working and growing the business together, and we look forward to continuing that work”

In a joint statement, Kramer and Sures add: “As we continue to expand and evolve into a truly diverse entertainment company, artists and creators remain at the centre of everything we do.

“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 in July brought in David Zedeck, formerly of Live Nation, as head of music.

 


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