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Richard Leibner, news officer, retires

Richard Leibner — the agent best known for mentoring top news talents including Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer and Diane Sawyer — retired this week, earning rave reviews from the public. industry.

UTA co-chair Jay Sures told staffers in a memo, “Richard’s impact is unparalleled… The highlight of his career could have been an entire segment of ’60 Minutes’. .”

CNN’s Brian Stelter wrote in his “Trusted Sources” keynote: “To me, Richard is like a father figure, offering witty observations and hard facts and hugs along the way. .”

Leibner is in the Cable and Television Hall of Fame. His wife, Carole Cooper, is also a skilled agent at UTA with clients including Anderson Cooper, Dan Abrams, Bill Hemmer, Dana Bash, and Juju Chang.

Carole Cooper, Richard Leibner and Paula Zahn in 2016.
Carole Cooper, Richard Leibner and Paula Zahn in 2016.
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Maury Povich and Richard Leibner of NS Bienstock
Maury Povich and Richard Leibner at the 1995 Emmys.
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Dick Cavett, Alex Trebek and Richard Leibner attend the 11th Annual Broadcasting Giants Honor Ceremony at Gotham Hall on October 16, 2013 in New York City . (Photo by Rob Kim / Getty Images)
Morley Safer, Alex Trebek and Richard Leibner at the 11th Broadcasting Giants Awards in 2013.
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Variety wrote: “His departure from UTA would mark the end of an era. Leibner is an intelligent and passionate customer advocate, and has never been shy about giving his opinion on the latest happenings in the ever-changing news arena – as long as he’s not quoted. guide. ”

He has spent more than 50 years in the business, including leading NS Bienstock, the news and television agency that UTA acquired in 2014.

https://nypost.com/2021/12/17/richard-leibner-storied-news-anchor-agent-retires/ Richard Leibner, news officer, retires

Dais Johnston

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