United Talent Agency (UTA) cancels Oscars 2017 after-party to donate money to ACLU

Talent agency WME-IMG, which represents actors, musicians, writers and sports figures, said it was forming a national political action committee (PAC).

United Talent Agency (UTA) cancels Oscars 2017 after-party to donate money to ACLU

In another of the firsts of Hollywood after angry speeches on politics in the country, Talent agency is set to form a national political action committee (PAC) and has also decided to hold a rally instead of usual after-Oscars party.

Talent agency WME-IMG, which represents actors, musicians, writers and sports figures, said it was forming a national political action committee (PAC). On Tuesday, WME-IMG wrote to its employees that it plans to develop  "actionable public policy solutions," connect clients with politicians from both political parties, and support donations of time and money by employees.


Without a direct reference to Trump, it added "this company's greatest asset is the diversity of our backgrounds and beliefs. Please know that we will do everything in our power to support and protect this diversity now and in the months and years ahead."

On Wednesday, United Talent Agency (UTA) cancelled its annual Oscars party and said it will instead hold a rally in Beverly Hills two days before the February 26 Oscar ceremony to protest "anti-immigrant sentiment" in the United States.

"If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America," UTA chief executive Jeremy Zimmer said in a statement.

UTA said it will also donate $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee.

This comes after repetitive opposition by celebrities to Trump during the 2016 election campaign, and fiery speeches at recent awards show and rallies condemning Trump's travel restrictions on seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Trump's attempts to temporarily ban travel have hit Hollywood hard ahead of the movie industry's most prestigious night.