Saturday, January 5, 2019

New UC Regent Appointed : Jay Sures

An entertainment news site was first with the news

TheWrap
UTA Co-President Jay Sures Appointed to UC Board of Regents
https://www.thewrap.com/uta-co-president-jay-sures-appointed-to-uc-board-of-regents/


Then SF Gate :

https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/UTA-Co-President-Jay-Sures-Appointed-to-UC-Board-13510370.php

Yahoo News:
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/uta-co-president-jay-sures-054152545.html

"Jonathan J. “Jay” Sures, co-president of United Talent Agency, has been appointed to the University of California board of regents.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment alongside several others Friday night in one of his final acts as California’s head of state — his successor, Gavin Newsom, will be sworn in Monday. Sures, a Democrat, will require state senate confirmation before !! appointment to the unpaid position is finalized.
Sures has served as co-president of UTA since 2017, and before that served as a managing director at the talent representation powerhouse for nearly 30 years.

From 2005 to 2006, Sures served as an assistant visiting professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and is currently vice chair of the school’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Directors. He is also treasurer of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and vice president of the UTA Charitable Foundation.

Sures’ clients at UTA have included Steve Levitan, Chuck Lorre, Darren Star, Bruce Helford, Larry Wilmore, Judd Apatow, DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler, Chuck Todd, Norah O’Donnell, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, Ginger Zee, Kate Snow, Dan Harris, Elizabeth Vargas, Bill Weir, Dr. Phil McGraw, Dan Abrams, Paula Faris and Jim Acosta."


And then SF Chronicle with:
..."In July, a study by the nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity found that the composition of governor-appointed regents was disproportionately white and male, even though the students attending UC campuses were far more diverse.
The study, called “Left Out,” also looked at diversity on the governing board of the California State University system and the state Community College Board of Governors and found a similar lack of nonwhite appointees. But those panels had more gender diversity than the UC regents.
With the addition of Sures, who is white, the 18 governor-appointed regents  include eight white men and three white women. Four Latinos and two African Americans (evenly divided between men and women), and one Asian American woman also serve as regents." See: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Governor-appoints-new-member-of-UC-Board-of-13510885.php
On that topic see also:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/megyn-kelly-drops-talent-agency-caa-for-rival-uta-amid-blackface-backlash
..."The Hollywood Reporter first reportedWednesday evening that Kelly was leaving CAA, the agency that has represented her since 2015. The Daily Beast learned that Kelly was in talks with rival United Talent Agency, and as recently as Wednesday evening, sources close to her expected her to sign with the agency. A source with knowledge of the situation said that Jay Sures, the head of UTA, contacted CAA on Wednesday “to alert them that Megyn Kelly was leaving CAA due to CAA’s conflicts of interest with NBC News.”"...

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/megyn-kelly-dropped-by-caa-1154923

"To replace CAA, UTA co-president Jay Sures had been in talks to sign Kelly and had been courting her before Tuesday's blackface backlash, in which Kelly said on her 9 a.m. show that she didn't understand why people couldn't wear blackface on Halloween. Sures is said to have backed out of representing Kelly on Wednesday amid the controversy. A source close to the situation says Sures’ decision came after he made at least one call to NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and had set a meeting with NBC for Friday on Kelly’s behalf."

..." replace CAA, UTA co-president Jay Sures had been in talks to sign Kelly and had been courting her before Tuesday's comments "...
Compared with this coverage of the history:

"Megyn Kelly had a history of racist claims long before blackface & NBC"
USA Today

And,
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/arts/television/megyn-kelly-blackface-nbc.html


And,
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/megyn-kelly-blackface-backlash-nbc-source-disputes-reports/

And, "Megyn Kelly Is Who We Thought She Was
Her blackface comments were not an unexpected outburst or a mangled attempt at contrarianism"https://slate.com/culture/2018/10/megyn-kelly-blackface-nbc-today.html

And,

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/megyn-kelly-racial-insensitivity-blackface_us_5bd088e8e4b055bc948748af

--Sures thought that was appropriate talent for him to court up until that Tuesday in October 2018?!
The history prior to October 2018- those episodes/events were not of concern to him enough to dissuade him from ' courting'?  If such events occur at UC and he, as a regent who has voting power on personnel actions, would he once again look the other way on it, vote accordingly?
Wouldn't that be some sad irony in light of the history / events that occured when Pattiz left the UC Regents board and the Regents' stance then?
There  is a Title IX aspect to this because, just as CBS is going through a reckoning so to with NBC, and comparisons are made between how behavior is assessed differently for different talent. There is a segment of folks who believe Kelly's ouster was a result of her refusing to give up the subject of sexual harassment at NBC or in media and Title IX stories she continued to cover on her show,
"When Kelly covered Lauer’s dismissal aggressively on her show, many “Today” show staffers bristled, according to one person in a position to know. Ironically, it was the one topic on the show that connected with viewers, and Kelly seemed to almost find her feet. Aside from covering the harassment allegations against Lauer, she also gave airtime to accusations against Tom Brokaw and covered comments from Farrow and his producer, Rich McHugh, alleging that NBC had quashed their reporting into Harvey Weinstein. (NBC denied doing so.)" See WaPo

 some think her departure was in part retaliation, backlash to her coverage of those stories, so the Title IX aspect in that to consider, remember. - Could that have been part of what Oppenheim discussed with Sures or not?! See again that paragraph in Hollywood Reporter:

"To replace CAA, UTA co-president Jay Sures had been in talks to sign Kelly and had been courting her before Tuesday's blackface backlash, in which Kelly said on her 9 a.m. show that she didn't understand why people couldn't wear blackface on Halloween. Sures is said to have backed out of representing Kelly on Wednesday amid the controversy. A source close to the situation says Sures’ decision came after he made at least one call to NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and had set a meeting with NBC for Friday on Kelly’s behalf."

So, the question is raised - what are Sures' views, positions on Title IX, sexual harassment etc. In media and in higher education.

Part of the current crisis in fake news includes the games big talent agents and high compensation news personalities bring to news coverage.

(... Dylan Farrow has a better handle on all of this, the intersectionalities, no doubt., btw did Farrow really just get his PhD with his thesis on Bowie, Queen?! Ha.
But as Farrow recently said to CNN's Reliable Sources Seltser - it's really all about questions surrounding failures of good corporate governance .
Farrow as a UC Regent , now that would have been - so excellent, inspired choice..
But we digress...)

- So, Sures replaces Pattiz on the board and Sures term thus ends in 2026 because Pattiz slot was appointed in 2014??

- The Gov opted not to appoint himself as a new resident from the locale when on his ranch (rather than  Oakland, its former mayor, who is no  longer a Oakland resident etc etc)

-The gov opted not to name someone from the northern or central inland, interior or Central Valley??

- -The gov opted for another southern CA based regent, so now only one third of the full term appointed UC Regents are from northern California ( is Tauscher still even really CA based ?)??

The pieces above mention the confirmation process, but that has devolved into a sad joke of a process, see:

https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2018/09/four-uc-regents-speedily-confirmed-in.html

And BTW there's a full board UC regents meeting coming up:

https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/01/uc-regents-meeting-january-15-17-agenda.html




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