Peter Benedek is a Founding Partner and Board Member of leading talent and literary agency United Talent Agency. Benedek has helped steer UTA’s growth over two decades into a premier global talent and literary agency with a reputation for creating unsurpassed creative opportunities for artists, creators and brands. Based in Beverly Hills and New York, UTA represents many of the world’s most widely known figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment, including motion pictures, television, digital media, books, theatre physical production, music, touring and live entertainment. The agency is also globally recognized in the areas of film finance, corporate consulting, branding, licensing and commercial endorsements.
Benedek is known as one of entertainment’s top representatives of television writers and creators, with a reputation for packaging many critically acclaimed and beloved television series. Benedek was the agent behind client David Chase’s seminal series The Sopranos and also set up client Lena Dunham’s critically acclaimed series Girls. Benedek established the unique international financing structure for client Tom Fontana’s series Borgia and Copper. Benedek was also principally involved in NBC’s Law & Order franchise, which eventually spanned four series across multiple television platforms. Benedek’s clients also include Michael J. Fox, Neil Cross, Blake Masters, Rene Balcer, Josh Brand and production companies such as Parkes/McDonald, Random House Studios and Working Title Television.
Benedek has also overseen UTA’s successful expansion into corporate representation. He is the architect of UTA’s joint venture company United Entertainment Group, a NY and LA based branded entertainment firm that creates original content and other marketing solutions for Fortune 500 companies, including Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay, Samsung, AT&T, Starbucks, Nestle, Quaker, Clorox and others. In addition Benedek has represented corporate giants such as Amazon.com and American Eagle Outfitters, providing strategic entertainment marketing services.
Benedek sits on the charitable Boards of the Hammer Museum, the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles and the Alliance for Children’s Rights. He additionally is the President of the Board of the Friends of the L.A., Saban Community Clinic, and also sits on the Board of the UTA Foundation. He is head of the Southern California Council for the Bicentennial 2017 Fundraising Campaign for the University of Michigan and also sits on the Friends Board of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and is the winner of the David Hermelin Award for his activities on behalf of the university. Benedek is an active supporter of other LA based organizations including the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA and the Motion Picture Television Fund.
Benedek divides his time between residences in Brentwood, California and Water Mill, New York. He is an avid art collector who supports both young and established artists. He is married to Barbara Benedek, the renowned screenwriter of such films as The Big Chill, Men Don’t Leave, and the remake of Sabrina.
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 and currently sits on the Board of Visitors. 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.