United Talent Agency acquired speakers bureau Greater Talent Network, giving UTA an even wider footprint in the personal appearances sector as the company continues to expand, the agency announced Sept. 12.

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Don Epstein

GTN, founded in 1982, is notable for its roster of cultural icons starting in its early years with P.J. O’Rourke, Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary.

Today, it represents a client roster of leaders in business, entertainment and politics including Billy Beane, Preet Bharara, Mark Burnett, Ed Davis, Louis Freeh, Sam Harris, Michael Lewis, Marcus Luttrell, Ron Paul, Mark Ruffalo, Lesley Stahl, George Takei, Jeffrey Toobin, Elizabeth Vargas and many others.

“Overnight this makes UTA the global leader among talent agencies on the speaking circuit,” said UTA’s newly minted co-president, Jay Sures. “GTN has been a great company in this market for decades, and the, and the synergies on both sides will create both unlimited and unparalleled opportunities for our clients.”

The announcement follows by one week news that Sures and David Kramer were elevated to co-presidents at UTA and is the latest in a series of acquisitions and expansions.

GTN founder and CEO Don Epstein now joins UTA as a partner.

“Over many years, GTN has been approached with opportunities to combine our company with other organizations,” Epstein said. “We chose UTA for its unique hands-on approach to servicing clients, public figures and content providers. Our clients will continue to experience the same level of service and expertise as they always have from GTN. But by become part of UTA, we will be able to vastly increase clients’ visibility and demand across all of these platforms.”