Greater Talent Network (GTN)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Greater Talent Network
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981) in New York City, New York, U.S.
Founder Don Epstein
Headquarters New York City

Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau (GTN) is an American speakers bureau based in New York. GTN is known for its roster of prominent clients, including authors Michael Lewis, P.J. O'Rourke and Jeffrey Toobin; actors Laura Linney and Danny Glover; musicians Paula Abdul and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds; Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell and Kevin Lacz; athletes Alex Rodriguez and Eli Manning; sports executives Billy Beane and Bob Myers; national security experts Raymond Kelly, Valerie Plame Wilson, and General Wesley Clark; and finance/technology disruptors Dan Schulman, and Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, founders of theSkimm.[1]


GTN was founded in 1981 by Don Epstein. In its early days, the agency was known for representing such controversial icons as Hunter Thompson, Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary,[2] whom Epstein befriended as a high school student in Miami.[3] (Hoffman et al. were in Miami Beach protesting the Republican National Convention.) By the 1990s, the roster had expanded to include politicians and political commentators, both liberal and conservative, starting with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and, after serving under the Clinton Administration, former Attorney General Janet Reno. In the mid-2000s, with technology, innovation, and business speakers in high demand, GTN added Silicon Valley CEOs and trend forecasters to its list.

Notable Clients[edit]

Michael Lewis
Billy Beane
Marcus Luttrell
Jose Antonio Vargas
Marlee Matlin
P.J. O'Rourke
Mo Rocca
Bennet Omalu
Laura Linney
Paula Abdul
Leigh Anne Tuohy
Dan Schulman
Raymond Kelly
Ron Paul
Alec Ross
Peggy Noonan
Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen, founders of Ben & Jerry's
Carl Bernstein
Jeffrey Toobin
Wesley Clark
Jennifer Weiner
Nicholas Sparks
Sebastian Junger
Bob Myers


External links[edit]