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Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The actor had gone without agency representation for the past few years (he was with WME before that) while starring as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC medical drama, where he’s been a series regular since 2009.
Williams has become increasingly known for his social justice advocacy, for which he received the BET Humanitarian Award in June with an acceptance speech that went viral. He executive produced the cable network’s May documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement through his farWord banner, and he executive produced the transmedia art project Question Bridge, which cultivates an ongoing conversation among black men from an array of backgrounds. As an ongoing traveling exhibition, it can now be seen at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened on Saturday.
The multitasking Williams is a senior producer on the Epix docuseries America Divided, which premieres on Friday, and he will appear as a correspondent alongside Common, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Norman Lear, Amy Poehler and Peter Sarsgaard. Last month he also relaunched his biweekly sports and culture podcast Open Run under LeBron James’ digital network, Uninterrupted. Williams co-founded the app Ebroji, a GIF keyboard that is a hit with Black Twitter, and he serves as chief brand ambassador of Scholly, an app that searches for college scholarships.
As an actor, Williams will be seen next year in Will Packer and Universal’s Jacob’s Ladder remake. His previous credits include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and ABC Family’s Greek. Finally, Williams also sits on the boards of directors of Harry Belafonte’s arts and social justice organization Sankofa.org as well as the Advancement Project, a national civil rights advocacy organization.
He continues to be represented by manager Oronde Garrett at Headshell Management and attorneys Stephen Barnes at Morris Yorn and André Des Rochers at Gray Krauss.
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