VP ankles Huvane praisery to become agent

United Talent Agency has hired Billy Lazarus — currently VP of praisery Huvane, Baum, Halls’ New York office — as an agent in its talent department.

Lazarus will start at UTA in mid-August, relocating to UTA’s Beverly Hills offices from Gotham. He is expected to be involved with some of his publicity clients who are repped by UTA.

Lazarus has handled press for thesps including Julia Stiles (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Jennifer Esposito (“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”), John Hannah (“The Mummy”), Brittany Murphy (“Clueless”), Hope Davis (“The Daytrippers”) and Maura Tierney (“Primary Colors”).

“We are extraordinarily happy to have Billy as part of our company,” UTA partner Tracey Jacobs said. “He has a great eye for talent and he’ll be a great addition to our team.”

Before joining Huvane, Baum, Halls 3-1/2 years ago, Lazarus worked for several freelance casting directors.

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