Agents & Managers: What They Do & How to Get One

Oct. 22, 2012

Four top film and TV agents and managers who represent major actors and other industry talent will be in Tucson to take part in the fourth installment of Inside Track: A Series of Film & TV Panels.

The event, "Agents & Managers – What They Do & How to Get One," is meant for anyone interested in the art and business of the entertainment industry. The event will be held Oct. 26, 4-5:30 p.m. at the UA Center for Creative Photography. Admission is $10 (cash only) and all students and faculty receive free admission with a CatCard.

"Inside Track" is a collaboration between the UA Hanson Film Institute and the Tucson Film Office, a department of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau. All the panelists are UA alumni who worked their way up through the ranks at Hollywood's most competitive agencies.

Speakers will share how they built their own careers and how they build successful careers for clients, such as Ben Affleck, Josh Brolin, John Cusack, Octavia Spencer, and Forest Whitaker, among others. They also will explain who needs an agent or manager, and answer the question: How do you get one?

The panelists of UA alumni are Michael Cooper, Matt Luber, Brad Slater and Troy Zien.

Cooper is a talent agent with Creative Artists Agency, CAA, he represents motion picture talent. Cooper began his career in the ICM mailroom in 1998. Soon after, he was promoted to the desk of Jim Wiatt, the co-chief executive officer. In August of 1999, Cooper followed Wiatt to WMA where Wiatt became the CEO. After two years, Cooper was promoted to talent agent. Cooper worked at WMA through the merger with Endeavor, which created WME, until February 2010.

Luber is a talent manager, producer and president of Luber Roklin Entertainment. Luber represents Abigail Breslin and Adam Goldberg as well as writers and directors. He produced "Bride Wars" and "Evan Almighty," among other productions. He has gained a reputation for cultivating and representing emerging actors, writers and directors while at the same time maintaining a focus on producing intriguing projects. Luber's clients also include Paul Walker, Sean Astin, Stephen Moyer and Diane Farr.

Slater is a talent agent at WME in Beverly Hills. After the UA, Slater's first job was in foreign distribution, selling American made films to countries throughout the world. In 1998, with a desire to move to the representation side of the business, he went to work at Michael Ovitz’ Artist Management Group (AMG), as an assistant to talent manager Rick Yorn. Slater was later promoted, becoming a talent manager in 2001. After three years managing various careers, he made the transition to agent in 2003 at the William Morris Agency, which merged with the renown Endeavor Agency forming WME in 2009. Slater is responsible for the careers of such talent as  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Costner, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer and Ben Affleck.

In 2012, Zien became a talent manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, a leading Hollywood film and television management and production firm. His clients include Thomas Haden Church and Kevin Connolly at 3 Arts, which also produces primetime shows like "30 Rock" and "The Office." Zien began his career in the ICM mailroom in 1998. He was quickly promoted as the assistant of legendary Hollywood talent agent Ed Limato. More recently, Zien has represented Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Connolly, Winona Ryder, Olivia Wilde, Jerry Ferrara and Ray Liotta, and others. While at the UA, Zien was president of the Zeta Beta Tau chapter and the Interfraternity Council.

Lorna Soroko will moderate the discussion. Soroko is an award-winning writer, producer, television development executive and entertainment lawyer who is originally from Los Angeles. Soroko currently lives in Tucson and guest teaches at the UA.

Photos courtesy of the Hanson Film Institute, in order or presentation: Matt Luber, Brad Slater and Troy Zien.

For general information or panelist interview requests, contact Shelli Hall, the Tucson Film Office director, at 520-770-2126 or shall@visittucson.org.

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