Barber styles UTA

Former Catch 23 topper now a pic agent

Jeremy Barber, the former head of Catch 23, has joined UTA as an agent in the motion picture department.

Barber will focus on representing filmmakers as well as packaging and financing independent film.

Position is similar to the one John Lesher vacated when he moved to Endeavor last year.

Barber, who began working in Hollywood as an entertainment attorney, was most recently prexy of Catch 23, the production and management company he helped found. C23 co-financed and Barber was an exec producer of Fox Searchlight’s “One Hour Photo.” The management arm’s client list included Renee Zellweger, Steven Soderbergh and Burr Steers.

Barber also created Catch 23 U.K., the joint venture between C23 and former ICM U.K. head Duncan Heath.

Barber oversaw C23’s development slate that included the work of filmmakers Neil LaBute, Michael Radford, Todd Field, Martin Campbell, Mike Newell and Christine Jeffs; actors Reese Witherspoon and Salma Hayek; and writers Scott Silver and Marc Klein.

“I have long admired UTA’s great success in representing filmmakers and the agency’s vision for building careers,” Barber said. “I think this is a great fit, and I’m excited to get started.”

Prior to C23, Barber was exec VP of production and acquisitions at Artisan Entertainment, where he oversaw the production of Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream” and the acquisition of films such as “The Blair Witch Project,” “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Chuck & Buck” and “Ghost Dog.”

Barber began his career in Hollywood as an attorney at Loeb & Loeb, where his clients included Stanley Kubrick, Lasse Hallstrom, Aronofsky, George Romero, Christian Bale, Shooting Gallery, Lions Gate and Phoenix Pictures.

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