United Talent Agency (UTA) has signed Maker Studios’ Sam Wick to be an executive in its Digital Media department — not an agent — focusing on building new businesses and opportunities for the agency and its clients.
Wick is the latest in a string of execs to exit Maker Studios in recent months that has included CEO Ynon Kreiz, who left in January following the close of Maker’s post Disney acquisition earn-out period, and EVP of programming Bonnie Pan, who departed in March.
At Maker Studios, Wick served as EVP and GM of enterprise, responsible for the enterprise P&L, corporate and business development, and strategic partnerships. Prior to Maker, Wick was SVP of marketing and programming for MySpace, overseeing the programming, editorial, marketing, music, entertainment, video and production departments. Earlier in his career, Wick held positions at AOL, Mp3.com and Sony.
“When I met Sam I was immediately struck by his entrepreneurial spirit and background,” said UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer in a statement. “Today, our clients are looking for entrepreneurial representation, and Sam will add greatly to our capabilities.”
UTA’s clients in the streaming video space and related businesses include big name talent such as “Annoying Orange” Dane Boedigheimer. Justine Ezarik, Toby Turner, Shane Dawson, Joey Graceffa and Rhett and Link; crowdsource studio Tongal, VidCon; the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Brian Robbins, founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV; Keywords Press, a digital influencer-focused imprint formed by UTA and Simon & Schuster’s Atria publishing group.