Dr. Phil Moves From WME to UTA

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Dr. Phil McGraw — aka Dr. Phil — has signed with UTA for representation in all areas.

McGraw will be represented by a team of agents led by managing director Jay Sures, supporting his interests in television, music, digital media, business development, and licensing and endorsements, among others.

In 2006, McGraw was honored with a presidential citation by the American Psychological Assn. for his significant contributions to the field of psychology. The citation read in part, “Your work has touched more Americans than any other living psychologist.”

“Dr. Phil,” now in its 15th season, has been the top-rated daytime talk show for the last six years. It has received 29 Emmy nominations and won five PRISM Awards for its depiction of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse and addiction, as well as a MADD Media Award. In addition, McGraw won an Emmy as executive producer of the hit talk show “The Doctors,” which is currently in its ninth season.

He is also an exec producer on the CBS drama “Bull.”

Prior to his TV career, McGraw founded Courtroom Sciences, a trial science firm specializing in all aspects of litigation support, providing multi-disciplinary expertise in the litigation and forensic arenas.

McGraw comes to UTA from WME.

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  1. Bobbi says:

    Whaaaaat? Annnnnd, we’re SUPPOSE to know what UTA and WME are….because so many of us are privy to Hollywood lingo. Justin Kroll, I assume you past Journalism 101, after all you’re writing for Variety – dig out your text book dude. Let’s see…UTA? Utah Transit Authority? Unit Training Assembly? University of Tropical Agriculture? How about, Umbilical Termination Assembly? Alrighty then! WME? Could it possibly be, Worldwide Missionary Evangelism? WaterMark Enterprises? Wireless Multimedia Extensions? World Maritime Exchange? Got the point? I just wanted to read a simple little article about what Dr. Phil might be up to, but I’m so confused, I might need his help explaining why you confused me. I’m not saying it’s your fault, I’m just saying you’re to blame. Confusing, huh?

    • timgray2013 says:

      You’re reading Variety, which is an industry trade paper. In the first sentence, Justin Kroll says that Dr. Phil “has signed with UTA for representation in all areas.” That’s the first clue that this is an agency. The second sentence adds, “McGraw will be represented by a team of agents …” That is the second clue. I’m sorry you don’t know UTA or WME, but everybody in the industry knows these: They’re two of the biggest agencies around. It’s like asking what HBO or KFC means. People know. It’s OK to not understand something. But it’s not OK to mock the reporter and act like he’s at fault because you don’t understand something. Next time, try asking questions. You will get answers. It’s a much better approach.

      • Bobbi says:

        I understand that Variety is an industry trade paper, but it’s also available to the population, at large….”Everybody in the industry knows these (things)…”, doesn’t necessarily cover the people that aren’t in the “industry bubble”. Why would you expect us to know that “They’re two of the biggest agencies in the entertainment industry”? HBO and KFC are well known acronyms. UTA and WME are not; which brings me to the REAL point of this dialogue. When writing an article, it’s journalistic protocol, BEFORE using an acronym, for clarification, its important to let the reader know what the acronym – the letters, represent. Example: Home Box Office (HBO), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). I googled the acronyms UTA and WME, and came up with a couple dozen possibilities for each. So, timgray2013, I still don’t know what the heck the acronyms UTA and WME stand for. It appears you, and “everybody in the industry” DO know… so would you please explain to us that DON’T?

      • Shalini Dore says:

        United Talent Agency and William Morris Endeavor, two of the top talent agencies in Hollywood.

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