UTA has hired Jason Garber and David Morris, who had been production agents at WME. They are now moving to UTA’s Production division based in Los Angeles and report to Pete Franciosa, UTA Partner and Head of Production.
The pair’s client roster includes Oscar and Emmy winners Sanne Wohlenberg Chernobyl, Erica Kay Fosse/Verdon, Mary Rae Thewlis The Americans, Caroline Baron Mozart in the Jungle, Nikki Penny Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Alison O'Brien The Avengers, Stephen Smallwood Patrick Melrose, Montez Monroe Sweetbitter, Mark Sanger Gravity, James Wilcox Genuis, Sean Faden Mulan, Greg Baxter Detective Pikachu and Donald Mowat Spider-Man: Far From Home among others.
Two of their clients, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker, were among the trio that won the Oscar on Sunday for Bombshell in Makeup & Hairstyling.
They join a current UTA Production roster that includes this year’s Oscar Cinematographer winner Roger Deakins, Hoyte Van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison, Matty Libatique, Rodrigo Prieto, Phedon Papamichael, Linus Sandgren, Greig Fraser, Brandon Trost, Ellen Kuras, Patrick Tatopoulos, Nigel Phelps, Michael Wilkinson and Mary Zophres.
In their new roles, Morris and Garber will build out a roster of clients across TV and film, with a focus on female talent and international expansion.
Garber previously had roles at Innovative and Paradigm. Morris began his career at ABC Studios/Disney as a physical production exec before joining WME.
Last week, Disney updated its release schedule, including new dates for nearly every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and pushing back Indiana Jones 5 an entire year. Harrison Ford will be 80 years old when it comes out. The company also announced that Artemis Fowl, a $125 million adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel, is going straight to Disney+, where it will rest alongside Mr. Boogedy and junk like Beauty and the Beast. That might not be the only upcoming Disney movie to be released straight on the streaming service, according to Disney executive chairman and former-CEO Bob Iger.
“There are some we’ve decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we’ve simply delayed. In some cases we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have,” Iger told Barrons, referring to Frozen 2 and Onward, among others. He continued, “In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.”
What direct-to-Disney+ movies could Iger be referring to? Nothing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Pixar, obviously; Mulan, Jungle Cruise, and Cruella are almost certainly off-limits, too. Maybe The One and Only Ivan, a live-action/CGI hybrid starring Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, and Danny DeVito that I’ve never heard of until now, or Raya and the Last Dragon, which actually sounds good. Then there’s The New Mutants, the most cursed movie in existence. A deal would have to be reached between Disney and HBO for the frequently-delayed X-Men universe spin-off to come out on Disney+, although, at this point, I would watch it in 10-minute chunks on Quibi.