United Talent Agency has acquired the independent literary agency Fletcher & Company. Through the deal, Fletcher & Company's founder, Christy Fletcher, will join the UTA publishing division to co-lead the group with current head Byrd Leavell. Both Leavell and Fletcher will report to David Kramer, UTA's president.

The purchase of Fletcher & Company is an example UTA's expanding presence in publishing, following its acquisition of the U.K.-based agency Curtis Brown in June 2022.

Fletcher & Company was founded in 2003, and represents such authors as John Carreyrou, Nina De Gramont, Ken Kalfus, Daniel Mason, Gretchen Rubin, and Maggie Shipstead. All of the shingle's senior agents—among them Grainne Fox, Rebecca Gradinger, Lisa Grubka, Eric Lupfer, and Peter Steinberg—will join UTA. In total, the deal will see 12 full-time staffers from Fletcher & Co join UTA.

With the inclusion of staff from Fletcher & Co, UTA, which launched its publishing division in 2015, will have about 24 full-time staffers. Among its clients are Emmanuel Acho, Hilary Duff, Joanna Gaines, Chelsea Handler, and Seth Rogen

Speaking to the deal, Kramer said: “Christy is an exceptional agent and business builder and the team at Fletcher & Company is among the best in the industry, so it’s exciting to welcome them to UTA." He added that the acquisition is "an important chapter in the growth of UTA Publishing, underscoring our commitment to being a best-in-class home for authors and their work."

Leavell added that the addition of Fletcher and her colleagues "will add up to a unified, powerful UTA Publishing team uniquely positioned to become the ideal home for authors around the world. To say excitement levels are high would be an understatement.”

Fletcher said that she was "enormously proud" of the work her firm has done over the past 20 years, and that joining UTA marks an extension to her agency's longtime commitment to "helping writers achieve their creative and professional goals" while also being "an exciting new opportunity for me personally."