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How Agents Ride Out a Recession

Jeremy Zimmer
UTA C.E.O. Jeremy Zimmer. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/Chrysalis
Matthew Belloni
December 18, 2022

It’s been a wild year at the talent agencies, with CAA and ICM Partners merging, WME installing new leaders, and UTA selling a big chunk to a Swedish private equity firm. All while the ground shook under the talent community as the streamers that have fueled the Hollywood economy re-assessed their spending amid a market turn. UTA C.E.O. Jeremy Zimmer jumped on a Zoom with me Thursday to break it all down. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

Matt Belloni: UTA represents Ellen Rapoport, the creator of Minx. HBO Max renewed the show and then this past week un-renewed it amid all the Warner Bros. Discovery cost-cutting, even though it’s almost finished shooting its second season. As the head of her agency, how do you respond to that?