UTA’s Bienstock Broadcast News Division Taps CBS News Executive as Agent

CBS News executive Crystal Johns has joined UTA’s Bienstock division as a broadcast news agent, marking a continuation in the agency’s effort to be a prominent force in the TV news arena.

Johns had been with CBS News since 2006, and most recently was director of talent development and diversity, responsible for recruiting talent and overseeing employee development and mentoring programs. At Bienstock, Johns will represent clients working in both network and cable news, in addition to top local markets.

“Crystal is an immensely talented executive who brings years of experience in identifying and recruiting exceptional talent to our practice,” said Richard Leibner, co-president and co-founder of Bienstock. “We know Crystal will be a terrific agent, and we’re delighted she has joined our team.”

An Emmy-winner, Johns was the first person to hold the title of director of talent development and diversity. In the role, she developed partnerships with special interest and journalist groups and was involved in developing special advisory councils for the news division and for CBS Corporation. Before CBS News, John was coordinating producer for Allen/Nee Productions where she headed projects for CNN Newsource. Prior, she was the special projects manager for the CBS-owned station WJZ-TV in Baltimore where she served as exec producer for the station’s daily live talk show “People are Talking”. She was also exec producer and producer for “Good Day,” Boston’s WCVB-TV talk show, and was also a producer and booker for WJZ-TV’s “People are Talking with Oprah Winfrey and Richard Sher.” Johns has also been honored with numerous awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.

UTA acquired Bienstock in January 2014, bringing in clients such as Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Norah O’Donnell and Lara Logan. The agency originated as N.S. Bienstock in 1964, pioneering the representation of on-air and off-air news and broadcast talent.

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