Dr. Phil Moves From WME to UTA
The talk show host and 'Bull' exec producer was with WME.
Dr. Phil is on the move.
Phil McGraw has left WME and signed with UTA in all areas.
The move comes as Dr. Phil — which McGraw hosts and exec produces — ranks as daytime TV's No. 1 show. UTA managing director Jay Sures will lead a team of agents overseeing McGraw's work in television, music, licensing and endorsements as well as digital media and business development, among other areas.
McGraw, who also serves as the inspiration and exec producer of CBS' Michael Weatherly drama Bull, has seen his syndicated talk show pick up 29 Emmy nominations during its 15-season run. He won an Emmy as an exec producer of talker The Doctors, which is now in its ninth season.
The Oprah Winfrey protege founded Courtroom Sciences Inc., a groundbreaking trial science firm specializing in all aspects of litigation support — which helped inspire CBS' Bull, for which McGraw is also credited as a co-creator.
McGraw is also the author of nine No. 1 New York Times best-sellers and, with his oldest son, Jay, has created a telemedicine system to deliver medical and psychiatric care via smartphone or computer called Doctor on Demand.
McGraw will continue to be represented by attorneys Joseph Horacek (Manatt), Christopher Chatham (Chatham Law) and Bill Dawson (Gibson Dunn).
McGraw's move to UTA comes as fellow daytime staple Judge Judy (aka Judith Sheindlin) is shopping reruns of her syndicated courtroom show after her recent contract renegotiation included rights to her library for thousands of old episodes. The library is estimated to be valued at $200 million — which would be on top of her $47 million CBS salary.