Stuart Witt, Longtime Agent at N.S. Bienstock, Dies at 84
His broadcast news clients included Howard Stringer, Arthur Kent, Sue Herera and Tom Fenton.
Stuart Witt, who helped the talent agency N.S. Bienstock become a leader in the broadcast news representation business, died Thursday in New York of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 84.
Witt had spent more than a decade negotiating contracts as head of business affairs at CBS News before he joined Bienstock, then led by Richard Leibner (Dan Rather's rep), in 1979. He retired in 2004, and United Talent Agency acquired the company a decade later.
Witt's clients included Howard Stringer, Arthur Kent, Sue Herera, Tom Fenton, John Blackstone, Mike Leonard, Mark Potter and Richard Roth.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Witt attended James Madison High School — where he played baseball and pitched against Lafayette High's Sandy Koufax — before graduating from Indiana University.
He served as a communications officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-1961 and was stationed in Okinawa. After earning his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, he worked as an entertainment lawyer and for CBS News in London.
Witt was an animal rights advocate, a vegetarian for 35 years and a dedicated runner who ran 14 marathons in New York, Boston and London.
UTA announced his death.
Survivors include his wife, Terry; daughter Jennifer; son-in-law Andrew; and granddaughter Marley. A memorial service took place Monday at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York. Donations in his memory can be made to PETA or the ASPCA.