United Talent Agency announces third annual White House Correspondents' party
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Despite what’s shaping up to be another muted party scene for this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner, one of Los Angeles’s biggest talent agencies is forging ahead with plans for its exclusive bash.

United Talent Agency (UTA) announced Thursday that it will hold its third annual correspondents’-themed party in Washington on the eve of the April 28 dinner.

The invite-only shindig, hosted for the second year in a row by UTA Co-president Jay Sures and Mediaite CEO Dan Abrams, will “honor our nation’s journalists and their achievements,” according to the agency.

UTA held its first Correspondents' party in 2016 along with Funny or Die.


The soiree, produced by Kimball Stroud + Associates, will also celebrate comedian Michelle Wolf, the headliner at this year’s “Nerd Prom” and a UTA client.

Last year’s UTA correspondents’ party proved to be one of the hottest tickets in town, with everyone from CNN’s Jake Tapper and Don Lemon, to actor and former Obama White House aide Kal Penn and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, to Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US prosecutors bring new charges against China's Huawei Lawmakers grill Census Bureau officials after report on cybersecurity issues MORE (D-Va.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Pentagon transferring .8 billion to border wall 'Birds of Prey' movie reveals Harley Quinn voted for Sanders MORE (D-Vt.), eyed mixing and mingling at Fiola Mare restaurant.

Several media companies have once again nixed their annual correspondents’ affairs during the second year of the Trump administration. The New Yorker, People and Vanity Fair are among a growing list of outlets that are skipping their usual festivities. Other news outlets, including The Hill, have yet to announce the status of their correspondents’ events.

The White House has not announced whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE — who has called the “fake news media” the “enemy of the people” — will attend this year’s WHCA dinner. Trump famously broke tradition last year by forgoing the dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, to instead head to a Pennsylvania rally.