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Murtha-Skouras Merger Creates New Below-the-Line Agency Repping Multiple Oscar Contenders

Combined shop’s clients include Robert Richardson, Adam Stockhausen, John Seale, Arthur Max and Pietro Scalia

Longtime below-the-line shops The Murtha Agency and The Skouras Agency have announced their merger into Murtha Skouras Agency, effective January 25.

The combined agency reps artisans such as cinematographers, production designers, composers and producers across multiple disciplines, including feature films, television and commercials.

Murtha Skouras clients include production designers Arthur Max and Adam Stockhausen, both nominated this year for an Oscar and a BAFTA, for “The Martian” and “Bridge of Spies,” respectively; director of photography John Seale, also nommed for Oscar and BAFTA, for “Mad Max: Fury Road” (pictured above); d.p. Robert Richardson, Oscar-nommed for “The Hateful Eight”; and editor Pietro Scalia, BAFTA-nommed for “The Martian.”

“We have known and respected one another as friendly competitors for many years,” said Ann Murtha, founder and owner of The Murtha Agency, which she founded in 2006.

“This alliance creates a formidable, dynamic company positioned to provide the most effective representation in the below-the-line arena,” added Spyros Skouras, who launched The Skouras Agency in 1994.

The duo are equal partners and owners of the new company. Joining the shop from The Murtha Agency are agents Karen Berch in features and TV, and Jamie Allen in commercials and music videos. And coming from The Skouras Agency, agents Hillary Cook handles features and TV, and Holland Murray deals with commercials and music video.

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