2ND UPDATE, 6:20 PM Writethru: It’s official. Resolution Agency Chairman Jeff Berg announced just now that, after 15 years at ICM, talent and literary agent David Unger is joining. Unger is the first ICM agent to move to Berg’s new agency. Next will be lit agent Robert Lazar. Both agents had been Berg proteges with Unger taking international lead at ICM for over a decade. It looks like he will play the same role at Resolution. Unger is best known for resurrecting the career of Mickey Rourke in the Oscar-nominated role in The Wrestler. Unger’s clients include Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Steve Coogan, Lindsay Lohan, Naomi Campbell, Gong Li, Anil Kapoor, Natalia Vodianova, Fred Durst, Courtney Love, Johnny Hallyday, Emmanuelle Seigner, Olivier Martinez, Vincent Perez as well as directors Tony Kaye, Johan Renck, Malcolm Venville, Michael Haussman and screenwriter Roger Avary among others.
Unger left ICM Partners today when he’d secured his release to head to Berg’s new agency. My sources say Unger always intended to leave ICM Partners after Berg’s exit and didn’t want a partnership under Chris Silbermann’s and Rick Levy’s management buyout. I hear one of the well-liked Unger’s roles will be to lead ”the younger generation” at Resolution. Unger will continue to represent film and television actors, directors and writers, and also serve in Resolution’s media finance group. Unger will be based in the agency’s Century City offices.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with David for more than 15 years. He’s an accomplished agent and a strategic thinker. He represents leadings artists in the U.S., UK, France, India, China and Russia. I want to see him use these skills and relationships to assist in the growth of Resolution” Berg said in a statement. Said Unger: “Jeff has been an incredible mentor and this move is a logical next step for me. I’m excited to participate in this building process.”
Resolution-bound Lazar’s clients include Neil LaBute, Carl Franklin, Jonathan Hensleigh and Niels Arden Oplev.
Unger began his career at Propaganda Films and, because he is mutilingual, often reps local language stars. His father, Anthony Unger, was a film producer and his grandfather, Oliver A. Unger, was a film producer, distributor and exhibitor. His uncle, Stephen A. Unger, is an executive recruiter for the entertainment and media industries.