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UTA has hired Erik Telford from CAA.
The rep is jumping agencies after more than six years at CAA. In his new role at UTA, Telford will work across both the culture and leadership and speakers divisions.
In the past, he’s worked with a slew of top artists and social activists, including Barry Jenkins, Jesse Williams, Yara Shahidi, Janet Mock, DeRay Mckesson, Baratunde Thurston and Kendrick Sampson.
“Watching UTA’s innovative approach to representation and its commitment to building platforms that amplify clients’ voices has been incredibly inspiring to see,” said Telford. “I am thrilled to join the UTA team and be a part of what they have created and continue to cultivate.”
Telford, who will be based in Los Angeles, will work closely with both divisions to help expand client business and cultural influence at the intersection of entertainment, media, entrepreneurship, politics, the arts and thought leadership.
After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in management and marketing, Telford began his career at CAA in 2014 in the speakers division. Telford now rejoins Darnell Strom, partner and head of culture and leadership, who moved from CAA to UTA in 2019.
“Erik is a talented agent who not only provides excellent client service, but is a key collaborator with his colleagues,” said Strom. “He will help bring new voices to UTA and support our existing clients by building a robust speaking platform for their work, ideas and ambitions, while also expanding their business and cultural influence. I am thrilled to be reunited with Erik and we are excited to have him at UTA.”
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