UTA taps Gradinger

Vet exec to head biz affairs

United Talent Agency has named Gary Gradinger to head the agency’s business affairs department.

Most recently senior veepee of business affairs for Artists Television Group, Gradinger will fill the post vacated by longtime UTA business affairs head Gail Fanaro, who has shifted her focus exclusively to duties related to her work as general counsel to the agency.

“Gail has done an extraordinary job leading the business affairs unit,” said Peter Benedek, a co-founder of UTA and a board member, adding, “however, as her work as general counsel has grown to full-time proportions, we needed another steady hand on board. (Gradinger) has great expertise and experience, and we feel he’s the right person for us. We look forward to his many contributions.”

Gradinger will oversee the business affairs department operations and work with current business affairs executives, including Thora Leiken, James Rothbart and Leroy Simmons. In addition, he will take an active role in the agency’s television packaging operations, working with UTA partners and television department co-heads Chris Harbert, Sue Naegle and Jay Sures.

Gradinger joined ATG at its formation in 1999, overseeing business affairs personnel and the company’s negotiation of rights and talent agreements. Prior to ATG, Gradinger was vice president of business affairs for Warner Bros. Television.

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