Senior talent and literary agent Andrea Nelson Meigs has been named a partner at United Talent Agency.
The longtime film rep to luminaries like Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Ellen Burstyn joins the firm from ICM Talent, where she served above-the-line and screenwriter clients in motion picture literature.
Over the years, Nelson Meigs has worked with a roster of award-winning actors, writers, producers and directors, including Idris Elba, Halle Berry, Christina Applegate, Quvenzhane Wallis, Aunjanue Ellis and Jill Scott. She has scaled clients’ careers beyond film to sectors including television, theater, branding and publishing.
“Andrea is known for her keen eye for developing and amplifying extraordinary voices,” said UTA co-president David Kramer. “In addition to her outstanding work on behalf of today’s most respected artists, she is a true leader who has made lasting contributions to the industry at large. We know that she will bring a vital perspective to the agency, and we are thrilled to welcome her to UTA.”
Nelson Meigs added, “We are seeing that diverse creative voices are being elevated like never before and are demanding diverse representation. UTA has heard the call and is making major efforts to address these long-overdue needs. I am proud to join the leadership as a Partner at a company that is entrepreneurial, client-focused and values innovative opportunities.”
An ICM spokesperson said Nelson Meigs left amicably and that they wished her the best.
Nelson Meigs is a highly visible woman of color in the legacy agency space, having risen from the mailroom at CAA to her new perch in the senior ranks at UTA. She’s a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the council of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the entertainment board of Time’s Up.
It’s unclear what clients might follow her. Nelson Meigs also represents “Game of Thrones” star Nathalie Emmanuel, Solange Knowles and Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry.
Nelson Meigs is a native of California, and studied at Spelman College and Duke University. She is married to entertainment lawyer John Meigs.