Since 1937, the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) has been 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 all matters relating to the talent-agency business. The association’s one-hundred-plus agency members represent over 90% of working artists. ATA provides its member agencies with 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 maintain 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 founders, including, 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 to serve the agency community.


Board of Directors

Sixteen elected and appointed Board of Directors, representing all segments of the agency community, governs ATA. Board members and officers serve two-year terms. Professional staff conducts day-to-day activity. The current Board serves through December 2017..

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ATA Committees 2016-2017


ATA/CSA COMMITTEE
Annette Robinson
David Lederman
Harry Gold
Jeff Kolodny
Paul Rosicker
Sheva Cohen


ATA/CCDA COMMITTEE
Alicia Ruskin
Angela Strange
Cindy Kazarian
David Ziff
Ross Lacey
Stephen DeCayette


2016-2017 FINANCE COMMITTEE
Jim Gosnell – Co-Chair
Tom McGuire – Co-Chair
Andrew Thau
Rick Levy
Rita Vennari
Sandy Bresler
Shelly Sroloff
Moss, Levy,& Hartzheim, LLP - Hadley Hui


2016-2017 MEMBERSHIP REVIEW COMMITTEE
Cindy Kazarian – Chair
Harry Gold
Rita Vennari
Pearl Wexler
Attorney, Greg Ryan


CALIFORNIA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Rick Levy – Chair
Sandy Bresler - Treasurer
Jeffrey Freedman
Jim Gosnell
Tom McGuire
Andrew Thau
Sacramento Advocates/Lead Lobbyist - Barry Brokaw


NEW YORK POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Jeff Freedman - Chair
Jim Gosnell - Treasurer
Rick Levy
Glenn Salners
Michael Sinclair
Ken Slevin
Jackson Lewis P.C./Lead Lobbyist - Jonathan Bing



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