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UTA is opening a New York office. It is slated to open in November at 888 Seventh Ave., just south of Central Park. Nancy Gates, co-head of the agency’s television talent department, will work out of the new outpost. Gates has been based in Los Angeles, working out of UTA’s Beverly Hills headquarters.
The size of the office is not known. Gates will be joined in New York by alternative television agent Alison Wallach and talent agent Steven Fisher, who recently left ICM for UTA. The office is also expected to be staffed with new agent hires.
The agency’s lack of a New York outpost has made it somewhat of an anomaly. Many agencies, including CAA, WME, ICM, Gersh, APA and Paradigm, maintain offices there.
However, the agency does already have a presence in Manhattan. In 2007, UTA partnered with marketing executive Jarrod Moses to open a branded entertainment firm, United Entertainment Group, which operates separately from the talent agency and is based in New York.
UTA has inked a lease for the new office space, which is currently under construction. The 46-story Seventh Avenue tower is near 57th Street. In addition to film and television, UTA plans to expand its theater, digital media and corporate consulting practices into New York.
UTA is also said to be considering leaving its Wilshire Boulevard digs for new headquarters space. In March, THR reported that the agency had toured the Cesar Pelli-designed, soon-to-be-completed Red Building at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, and was considering a move there. But no deal has been inked.
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