About ATA

Since 1937, the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) has been and remains the official trade association of talent agencies across the U.S., responsible for legislation, advocacy and negotiating agency franchise agreements with the major entertainment guilds, including SAG, AFTRA (SAG-AFTRA), WGA, DGA, and AEA. ATA’s collective voice provides strong and effective advocacy for its members in matters relating to the talent-agency business. The association’s one-hundred-plus agency members represent the vast majority of the professional working artists today. ATA provides best practices, a voice in legislation, educational seminars, networking events, conferences, news bulletins, expert opinions and day-to-day support.

The birth of ATA (originally known as Artists Manager Guild) is tied substantially to the proliferation of talent unions and guilds that formed after the Supreme Court upheld the Wagner Act also known as the National Labor Relations Act (1935). The main purpose of the labor legislation was to establish the legal right of workers to organize or join labor unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. In 1937, a group of forward-thinking representatives banded together to protect talent agents’ ability to represent artist clients by maintaining creative and economic success for the agent/client partnership.

ATA engages in advocacy with legislators, unions/guilds and industry partners. ATA provides negotiation, interpretation, construction and advice concerning talent representation agreements. Our lobbyists, staff, elected leaders, political strategists and legislative committee members and the board represent ATA members every day.

ATA’s early pioneers, including, Paul Kohner (opened the Paul Kohner Agency 1938), Zeppo Marx (he and brother, Gummo Marx represented actors and writers), Abe Lastfogel and Morris Stoller (they joined the William Morris Agency in 1912 and 1937 respectively), Bert Allenberg (the Berg-Allenberg talent agency represented a full spectrum of actors, directors and writers), Taft Schreiber (MCA Talent Agency) and James Saphier (James Saphier Agency) were instrumental in forging a meaningful, vocal and strong base that continues to serve the agency community today.

 

Board of Directors

Sixteen elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors represent all segments of the agency community. The board members and officers each serve two-year terms. There are no term limits. Professional staff conducts day-to-day activity. 

The ATA Board of Directors are:

Rita Vennari, SBV Talent - President

Rick Levy, ICM Partners - 1st Vice President

Harry Gold, TalentWorks - 2nd Vice President

Glenn Salners, Artists & Representatives -3rd Vice President

Pearl Wexler, Kohner Agency - Secretary

Sheldon Sroloff, CAA - Treasurer

Courtney Braun, WME

Stephen DéCayette, DéCayette Talent Agency

Paul Doherty, Cunningham-Escott-Slevin-Doherty

Jim Gosnell, APA

Scott Harris, Innovative Artists

Stephen Kravit, The Gersh Agency

Richard Lawrence, Rebel Entertainment Partners

Alicia Ruskin, Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates

Denny Sevier, The House of Representatives

Michael Sinclair, UTA




 

ATA COMMITTEES 2020-2021

 

COMMERCIAL COMMITTEE

Alicia Ruskin, Chair
Stephen DéCayette
Ference Laczko
Jacky Olitsky, ATA
Ashley Partington
Carol Lynn Sher
                                                                                                                                                           

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Shelly Sroloff, Chair
Jim Gosnell, Co-Chair
Courtney Braun
Rick Levy
Michael Sinclair
Karen Stuart, ATA
Rita Vennari

MEMBERSHIP REVIEW COMMITTEE

Paul Doherty, Chair
Richard Lawrence
Jacky Olitsky, ATA
Alicia Ruskin
Denny Sevier

CALIFORNIA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 

Jim Gosnell, Chair
Rick Levy, Treasurer
Courtney Braun
Jeffrey Freedman
Glenn Salners
Michael Sinclair
Karen Stuart, ATA

NEW YORK POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Jeffrey Freedman, Chair
Jim Gosnell, Treasurer
Courtney Braun
Rick Levy
Glenn Salners
Michael Sinclair
Ken Slevin
Karen Stuart, ATA

 

ATA is not a talent agency and does not provide referrals to artists

If you are looking for an agent please contact individual agencies directly.

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Association of Talent Agents

3019 Ocean Park Blvd, #344
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Office: (310) 274-0628
info@agentassociation.com

 

ATA IS NOT A TALENT AGENCY AND DOES NOT PROVIDE REFERRALS TO ARTISTS.
If you are looking for an agent, please contact individual agencies directly.

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