Secunda, Gates promoted at UTA

Two will be co-heads of television talent

Longtime UTA talent agents Ruthanne Secunda and Nancy Gates have been promoted to the newly created position of co-heads of television talent.

The two will oversee day-to-day operations of UTA's TV talent division, which has more than 100 actors working on broadcast and cable, and will continue to operate as part of the agency's talent department.

"Ruthanne and Nancy are respected throughout the industry for their outstanding taste in both talent and material, and their ability to propel artists to the tops of their craft," said talent department co-head and board member Tracey Jacobs.

Secunda began her agent career at Abrams Artists where she launched and ran the agency's comedy division. After a brief stint as a talent manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, she joined UTA in 1996 as a TV talent agent.

Gates began her entertainment career in 1996 in UTA's agent training program. She earned her agent stripes two years later.

UTA's roster of TV talent includes William Petersen, Patrick Dempsey, Jimmy Smits, Kate Walsh, Anna Friel, Zach Quinto and Sarah Chalke.