The history of Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. (AMT Agency) goes back over fifty years, and the
strength of the agency, its reputation and success is largely due to the talents and forward-
thinking of a few remarkable women. In the early 1960’s, Dot Barber had a small part time
model agency called Model’s Inc. when she asked Beverly Needle Copen, on maternity leave at
the time, to help her out. Shortly after, Dorothy decided to go into real estate. Beverly
purchased the company for one dollar (legal tender).
Copen was interested in expanding the business beyond fashion and photography jobs, and she
started with the name. Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. was born. At the same time, Edith Ivey
and Jerre Enberg were hard at work with the successful Ivey-Enberg Talent Services in Atlanta.
They set in place many of the standards of practice still in use today. In the mid 60’s, Edith and
Jerre decided to pursue their artistic careers and turned over their roster of 655 clients to Atlanta
Models & Talent, Inc. Meanwhile, Beverly expanded her own sales strategies and hit the road.
She traveled to New York and L.A., fostering relationships with film producers and motion
picture studios. She reasoned that there was no better shoot location than the South during the
snow covered winter months up North. These innovative sales strategies paid off. Beverly was
the first film representative from 1972-73 under President Jimmy Carter.
In July 1970, Kathy Hardegree began work at AMT Agency as the receptionist. In 1976, she
purchased the agency from Beverly Copen and was the sole owner until the sale of the company
to Sarah Carpenter and Susan Fronsoe in January 2011. Kathy served to establish the Atlanta
chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and served as Chair of the
Atlanta Emmy Awards for five years. She was a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of
Women in Film from which she was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
In September 2010, Kathy was voted the SAG agent of the month, the only agent in Georgia to
date to receive this honor.
In 2005, Sarah Carpenter was hired by Kathy after spending years in the entertainment industry.
At the same time, Susan Fronsoe transitioned from a 20 year career in acting and spent her first
year as a manager in L.A. Susan moved to Atlanta in 2010 and began looking for representation
herself. Susan became a client of AMT Agency where she met Sarah Carpenter. Shortly after,
they discovered that Kathy Hardegree was looking towards retirement, and the timing was ideal.
It was then that Susan and Sarah joined forces to purchase AMT Agency on January 27, 2011.
The women opened the doors of the newly purchased AMT Agency with only two interns, and
just three years later, the staff has grown to eight full-time employees.
Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc.
3098 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
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February 20, 2017
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