Robert Gibbs has joined UTA’s Atlanta office as partner and co-head. Prior to his new role at UTA, Gibbs served as a partner/co-head of music at ICM Partners, making him the first Black executive to be named head of music at a major talent agency.
“Robert’s experience in the industry, combined with his enthusiasm to help us build in Atlanta, made him the perfect choice to join UTA and our leadership team there,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer said in a statement.
Gibbs’ move to UTA arrives after CAA finalized its acquisition of ICM Partners in June. Since then, former staffers of ICM have moved to APA, Wasserman, Gersh Agency and more. The deal was reported to have been valued at $750 million and arrived after a 10-month delay seeking regulatory approval. The acquisition had been the largest of its kind since WMA and Endeavor merged in 2009 to create WME.
UTA in partnership with Klutch Sports Group became the first major agency to establish a full-service base of operations in Atlanta last September Gibbs will be joining Atlanta co-heads, Rich Paul, Arthur Lewis and Steve Cohen to continue growing the Atlanta office in music, sports, film, fine arts, television, podcasts and more.
“Over the past several years the momentum at UTA has been undeniable,” Gibbs said in a statement. “Jeremy and the team have built an incredible business and culture which has resonated throughout the industry. I am excited to join at this pivotal time and help expand the company’s business in Atlanta.”
During his time at ICM, Gibbs’ client list included the likes of J. Cole, Ari Lennox, PartyNextDoor, Roy Woods, JID, Bas, Eeartgang, Cozz, Lute, Omen, SoFaygo and Mike Dimes. Two agents will also be joining Gibbs at UTA, including Kevin Jergenson, based in New York, and Victoria Gutierrez, based in Los Angeles. Jergenson’s worked with Kamasi Washington, Duckwrth and Emotional Oranges, while Guitierrez’s worked with Rexx Life Raj, Odie and Kash Doll.