United Talent Agency (UTA) has bagged its annual Oscar party. preferring instead to donate $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and International Rescue Committee.
A major talent agency representing clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey, Toby Keith, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and many more VIPS, UTA will also hold a rally on behalf of refugees at its offices two days before the Oscars on February 24.
"This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness and restlessness," wrote UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer to staff. “Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas and creative expression. If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America.”
Last year, UTA held its exclusive Oscar party at chairman Jim Berkus' residence, joining major studios and agencies holding galas and parties on the biggest awards night of the year, including CAA, WME-IMG, ICM Partners and The Weinstein Co.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of mega-agency and UTA competitor WME-IMG, sent an email to staff Wednesday notifying them that the company would be forming a political action committee, though it wasn’t immediately clear on what the PAC would focus.
UTA has also launched a campaign on Crowdrise, which has raised another $250,000 to support the ACLU and IRC.