Kasich signs with top Hollywood talent agency as he leaves Ohio governor's mansion
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Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich is signing with a top Hollywood talent agency.

United Talent Agency (UTA) announced it had signed Kasich as one of its clients on Monday — the same day that the Republican governor, who’s considering a 2020 White House bid, was poised to leave office. Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (R) will replace him.

UTA said in a statement that it “will help [Kasich] navigate the next phase of his public and private life.”


“I’m excited to work with UTA to keep my voice active across the world and share my experiences and observations to help improve the lives of others,” Kasich, 66, said. The agency will represent Kasich across its speakers, news and broadcast, and media rights divisions, it said.

Kasich joins a star-studded lineup of celebrities, journalists and political figures repped by the top talent agency, including CNN’s Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Jim Acosta, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd, “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, Fox News’s Bill Hemmer and Brian Kilmeade, and Norah O’Donnell and Margaret Brennan of CBS News.

UTA’s speakers division lists clients such as rapper Pitbull, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and actor Terry Crews.

“It is an incredible honor to represent one of the nation’s most unifying and inspiring political voices,” UTA co-president Jay Sures said in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to work with Gov. Kasich as he looks to the future by bringing his unique experience, wisdom and perspective to an even wider array of audiences,” Sures said.

UTA has been increasing its footprint in Washington in recent years. For the past three years, it’s hosted a much-buzzed-about White House Correspondents’ Association party tied to the annual dinner in the nation’s capital.

In 2017, UTA made headlines when it canceled its annual Academy Awards party, instead opting to donate money to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee. The move, which UTA’s CEO said at the time was to “express the creative community’s growing concern with anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States,” came after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE had signed an executive order temporarily barring citizens and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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