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UTA Names Co-Head of Media Rights Group

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Jason Richman will lead the division alongside longtime agency partner Keya Khayatian.

Jason Richman has been named co-head, UTA’s Media Rights Group.

In his new role, Richman will run the division with Keya Khayatian, partner, UTA, who has helped lead the group since 2017. The Media Rights department represents authors, books, articles, podcasts, journalists, estates, life rights and thought leaders.

Over the last year, the Media Rights Group has closed over 250 deals. Recent deals include a Netflix film adaptation of Ghost In The Machine by Tanya Smith, Hulu’s series adaptation of Charles Yu’s novel “Interior Chinatown” and Amazon’s adaptation of Kacen Callender’s “Felix Ever After.”

"I am thrilled to co-lead the Media Rights division with Keya Khayatian,” says Richman. “We share a dedication to ensuring the artists we represent at UTA have the broadest opportunities to develop and adapt their work for the screen, particularly in this moment when the world needs the comfort of great content more than ever. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of UTA, which does this work on behalf of artists better than anyone in the creative community and look forward to helping lead this team forward in this new position."

Richman currently represents clients including Celeste Ng, Stacey Abrams, Charles Yu, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, Erik Larson, Elin Hilderbrand, Jia Tolentino, Samantha Irby, and Lisa Hanawalt. He also reps the estates of Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Walter Dean Myers, and Norman Mailer.

He recently negotiated the sale of the rights to Celeste Ng’s debut novel “Everything I Never Told You” to Annapurna TV. That deal came on the heels of his negotiations for the Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of her bestselling novel “Little Fires Everywhere.”

"Over the course of his career at UTA, Jason has demonstrated an incredible ability to identify emerging and underrepresented storytellers and amplify their voices within the film and television landscape,” reports David Kramer, co-president, UTA. “Like his clients, Jason is a dynamic thought leader, and I know that together he and Keya will help further expand the Media Rights Group’s success in discovering new artists and bringing their compelling stories to life."

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