UTA promotes two to partner

Ups longtime talent agents Billy Lazarus, Shani Rosenzweig

Reflecting the ongoing growth of the agency, UTA has promoted longtime talent agents Billy Lazarus and Shani Rosenzweig to partner.

The duo become the 22nd and 23rd partners of the firm, which has been expanding its partnership, as well as its agents and clients roster, over the past 18 months. It now boasts 100 agents and a six-member board of directors.

Rosenzweig, who joined the agency in 2000 from Abrams Artists, has a client list that includes Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Tom Robbins, Nathan Fillion and William Petersen, among others.

Lazarus, who began his career in casting before shuffling to publicity, joined UTA in 1999 when he left the New York office of the Huvane Baum Halls PR firm. Among his clients are Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Dempsey, Sigourney Weaver, Joseph Fiennes and Sandra Oh.