Ta-Nehisi Coates Signs With UTA

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The agency will represent the National Book Award-winning author on film and television.

National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates has signed with UTA for film and television projects. UTA will work in conjunction with his literary agent Gloria Loomis of the Watkins/Loomis Agency, Inc. Nina Shaw of Del Shaw Moonves is his attorney.

Coates won the NBA in November for Between the World and Me, his moving account of being an African-American man in today’s America written as a letter to his teenage son. The book has won rave reviews and has sold over 700,000 copies. In addition to the National Book Award, Coates won a MacArthur “genius” fellowship in September.

He was also just named as one of New York's top five cultural influencers as part of THR’s list of the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media. He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he won a National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations.”

Coates is also a pop culture fan and true comic book aficionado (evident to the 616,000 people who follow his Twitter feed). His highly-anticipated Black Panther comic went on sale April 6 with issue No. 1 and has already gotten strong reviews. He also scripted part of David Simon’s forthcoming HBO civil rights mini-series Parting the Waters, based on Taylor Branch’s best-selling trilogy.

Coates, 40, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Howard University. His first job in journalism was at the Washington City Paper, where he worked for the late David Carr. He wrote for Philadelphia Weekly, The Village Voice and Time before joining the Atlantic in 2008, the same year his first book, The Beautiful Struggle, was published.