There are two more entries to be added at the start of the year in the representation business: Jake Carter and Travis Tammero have joined the ranks of UTA’s independent film group.
Carter will work out of UTA’s New York office, while Tammero will be based at the agency’s headquarters in Beverly Hills. Both report to Jim Meenaghan and Rena Ronson, partners and co-heads of the Independent Film Group.
Carter moves to UTA after serving as vice president of bicoastal 30WEST, where he played pivotal roles in films such as The Mauritanian, Destroyer, Late Night, Ben is Back, A Kind of Heaven and the next The contractor. Prior to that, he worked at Black Bear Pictures, and his resume also includes stints at Sloss Eckhouse Dasti Haynes LawCo and FilmBuff (now Gunpowder & Sky).
Tammero, who specializes in the sale of documentaries and series to studios, independent distributors and digital platforms, previously worked at CAA. While there, he was part of teams representing filmmakers, financiers and producers like DJ Caruso, Glen Zipper, Josh Zeman, Carmelo Anthony, Alex Winter, Jackie Chan and others. He also worked on 76 Days Main Class Justin Bieber: Our World and WeWork: or the making and destroying of a $47 billion unicorn.
UTA Co-Chairman David Kramer said in a statement that he was “delighted to welcome these highly regarded agents to our industry-leading indie team,” with the unit responsible for financing and content distribution for independent and co-financed films. He went on to add, “Their vast experience will enrich the team in a variety of ways and is particularly essential in helping to grow our rapidly growing documentary business.”
They also join at a critical moment. The motion picture industry remains in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while there remains strong demand for independent dramas, documentaries and series in the streaming universe. Carter and Tammero are also starting the year on Meenaghan and Ronson’s team as they prepare for this month’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the first major in-person markets to be held amid the pandemic. In progress.
UTA’s independent film group has credits that include A hero, a promising young woman, the Mauritanian, the father, hidden characters, a play, Lady Bird, the sick man, call me by your name and Me Tonya among others.