NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — United Talent Agency has sealed a deal to acquire the New York-based speaker's bureau Greater Talent Network.
The acquisition of the influential GTN solidifies UTA's footprint in the world of live speaking engagements, the company said.
"Overnight this makes UTA the global leader among talent agencies on the speaking circuit," said UTA Co-President Jay Sures. "GTN has been a great company in this market for decades, and the synergies on both sides will create both unlimited and unparalleled opportunities for our clients. The power of GTN's brand and its resources and capabilities adds another major dimension to UTA's full-service model. Don Epstein and his entire team have done a tremendous job building a world-class company, and we're proud to now join together."
GTN Founder and CEO Don Epstein will join UTA as a partner, and GTN will continue to operate out of its New York City and Florida offices the company said in a press statement.
Epstein launched GTN in the basement of a New York brownstone in 1982 by signing initial clients P.J. O'Rourke and Tom Wolfe. Today, GTN is a major player in the lecture and public address business and represents a roster drawn from across business, entertainment, sports, media, technology, news, politics and beyond.
"Over many years, GTN has been approached with opportunities to combine our company with other organizations," Epstein said. "We chose UTA for its unique hands-on approach to servicing artists, public figures, and content providers. Our clients will continue to experience the same level of service and expertise as they always have from GTN. But by becoming part of UTA, we will be able to vastly increase clients' visibility and demand across all of these platforms."