WTA represents news anchors, hosts, correspondents, and sports and weather anchors at the national level, as well as top local stations throughout the United States. WTA focuses on placing its clients in the top 30 markets, as well as at the broadcast and cable networks. It is very active in the syndication marketplace as well. WTA also represents network-level producers and digital talent and content creators.
On the national cable network side, WTA has brought more talent to ESPN over the years than any other agency. Clients there include Lisa Salters, the sideline reporter for “Monday Night Football,” as well as ABC Sports’ coverage of the NBA. She is also an original correspondent on ESPN’s newsmagazine show “E:60” John Barr is in the special investigative unit at ESPN. In addition, WTA has done deals for John Anderson, Trey Wingo, and Rece Davis.
On the broadcast side, long-time client Krista Voda is NBC Sports’ primary host for its NASCAR coverage. She moved there from Fox Sports, where she was the NASCAR pit reporter. WTA did the deal for John Anderson to host “Wipeout,” the smash game show on the ABC television network. Neurosurgeon client is a co-host of the Fox broadcast show “Superhuman”; a deal brokered by WTA.
WTA has done deals for its clients at all of the major broadcast and cable news operations, including CNN, Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC. Long-time client Hari Sreenivasan, whom Gregg Willinger discovered over 20 years ago, has reported for ABC and CBS News. He is currently an anchor and correspondent for the prestigious PBS Newshour. Anne-Marie Green is an anchor of “CBS Morning News” and CBSN, the digital network. Gregg found Anne-Marie reporting in Toronto more than 12 years ago.
Other national cable clients include Sebastian Walker, Middle East Bureau Chief for Vice. As an international correspondent, Seb will file reports for Vice’s program on HBO. CNN correspondent Jean Casarez (whom Gregg Willinger discovered in Reno, Nevada), is also the primary substitute host on “Nancy Grace,” the highest rated show on HLN. Paul Goodloe is a veteran meteorologist for The Weather Channel; Gregg Willinger discovered Paul at a local station in St. Louis in the mid 1990′s. Dr. Rahul Jandial, medical contributor to KTLA is Los Angeles, has hosted a science show on Discovery International. Client April Rose was a cast member of MTV’s popular series “Guy Code” and “Girl Code.” She also hosted MTV’s popular “Spring Break” coverage, and had a principal role in the movie “Grown Ups 2.” April is currently a cast member of “Brothers Green” on MTV International.
In new and emerging media, science journalist client Cara Santa Maria was the co-host of “Take Part Live” on Pivot Network and has hosted shows on The Weather Channel, Al Jazeera America and appeared on “Dream School” on the Sundance Channel. Cara has also hosted digital programs for Vice Media, Maker Studios and created and hosts an original podcast, “Talk Nerdy.” She is currently the online host of “America’s Greatest Makers” for United Artist Media Group, and “Fablab,” a nationally syndicated children’s show.
WTA has negotiated development deals for its clients with distribution companies like Telepictures, prolific productions companies such as Endemol Shine USA, and cable networks such as Discovery, MTV and Food Network.
In the syndication arena, WTA has done deals for hosts and correspondents for “Inside Edition,” “EXTRA,” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Client Sonia Isabelle currently hosts the nationally syndicated entertainment program “Celebrity Page.”
WTA is also very active with the affiliate feed services of all the networks and has placed its clients at every major service, including ABC NewsOne, CBS NewsPath, and CNN NewsSource. Current clients at CBS Newspath include Kenneth Craig and Hena Daniels.
In addition to jobs in the television industry, WTA has successfully negotiated product endorsement deals for its clients, branded content deals, public speaking engagements, motion picture deals, infomercials, spokesperson deals with major consumer brands, as well as radio deals. It has also “optioned” books and life stories to Hollywood-based film and television studios for its clients.