United Talent Agency Promotes Four to Partner

René Jones
Courtesy of UTA

René Jones

UTA’s partnership now stands at 58 men and women from across UTA’s businesses.

Today, United Talent Agency’s Board of Directors have announced the elevation of four senior executives to partner. René Jones, Jim Meenaghan, Rich Shuter and David Spingarn will join chief executive officer Andrew Thau among the company’s non-agent partners.

With the four new additions, UTA’s partnership now has 58 men and women from across its businesses. Collectively, the four new partners have brought more than 40 years of contributions to UTA.

“Over the years, we have recruited some of the most talented executives in our industry who have provided our clients and colleagues with the strongest support,” said UTA chief executive officer and board member Jeremy Zimmer in a release. “Jim, David, René and Rich are the best of the best. They bring amazing value to UTA every day and, as we grow, will continue to add invaluable insights and resources to everything we do.”

Jones has been with UTA for 14 years and currently serves as the global head of philanthropy. In 2004, Jones spearheaded UTA’s Project Impact, which sees the company close down for a day every year to allow employees the opportunity to volunteer in their communities. She also works with clients to develop philanthropic engagement and social impact strategies and worked to launch the company’s Live Inspired program which gives employees the chance to take a hiatus to live out a dream.

Meenaghan has worked closely with UTA’s most prestigious clients to structure the company’s film packaging and financing efforts, including high profile sales of such films as Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and the Coen Bros’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Meenaghan serves as UTA’s co-head of the independent film group and oversees its motion pictures business affairs division and has spent nine years with the agency.

Shuter currently serves as UTA’s head of television business affairs and has also spent nine years with the agency. He has been the lead negotiator for television franchises such as CSIHow I Met Your MotherModern Family and True Blood and now leads company clients including The CrownPatrick MelroseThe Looming Tower and American Vandal.

Spingarn joined UTA in 2010 and now serves as chief strategy officer. He was integral in UTA's recently-completed deals that resulted in significant private equity investments in the company. Prior to UTA, Spingarn worked in strategic planning, business development, and investment roles for Disney, Fox, and Universal Music.


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