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Peter Benedek is a co-founder, partner and board member of United Talent Agency, one of the world's leading talent and literary agencies. As a primary architect of UTA's formation and growth, Benedek has presided over the agency's rapid expansion from industry upstart in 1991 to one of today's premier global talent and literary agencies, with a reputation for creating unsurpassed creative opportunities for artists.
As a top dealmaker, Benedek's clients include some of the most successful artists working in television, including Dick Wolf, creator of the award-winning LAW & ORDER franchise—one of television's biggest creative brands, which has spanned four series across multiple television platforms, as well as David Chase, creator of the groundbreaking series THE SOPRANOS, one of the most culturally significant series of the modern era and the progenitor of 'auteur television.' Benedek also represents such creative innovators as Tom Fontana, Michael J. Fox, Jack Bender, Blake Masters, Josh Brand, Eric Overmyer, Henry Bromell, Paul Rieser, Lena Dunham, Walter Parks & Laurie MacDonald, and Ian Sander & Kim Moses.
Benedek has also overseen UTA's successful expansion into corporate representation. He was the chief strategist behind UTA's launch of United Entertainment Group, the New York City-based branded entertainment firm that creates original content and other marketing solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Benedek is also involved in the agency's Branding, Licensing & Endorsements division, which is responsible for building viable businesses around high-profile clients. Most notably, UTA helped to create client Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers apparel and licensed product lines which in 2009 saw sales of over $175 million.
Benedek sits on the Boards of the Hammer Museum and the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) in Los Angeles. He additionally sits on the Board of Governors of the L.A. Free Clinic, as well as on the Board of the non-profit UTA Foundation, Benedek is an active supporter of other L.A.-based organizations including the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA and the Motion Picture Television Fund.
Benedek earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the London School of Economics. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he graduated with distinction in 1973. He began practicing law at the Beverly Hills law firm of Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz & Selvin, and was named a Partner in 1979. In 1981, he left to found the law firm of Weissman, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Schulman. In 1984, he left the practice of law to form the Bauer-Benedek Agency, which in 1991 merged with Leading Artists Agency to form United Talent Agency. In 1998, Benedek received the Arthur B. Krim Award from Columbia Law School in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry.