Former Resolution talent agent Steve Alexander has joined ICM Partners‘ LA office as a partner. Alexander reps actors including David Duchovny, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany and Joy Bryant, who are joining him in the move. He recently exited Resolution among other high-profile departures including Dennis Kim and Leigh Brillstein.
Alexander began his agency career at CAA, where his clients included Heath Ledger, Natalie Portman, Jared Leto, Jeff Bridges, Johnny Knoxville, Kim Basinger and Eddie Izzard. He joined Resolution last year after a three-year stint at Atlas Entertainment.
Alexander brings ICM Partners’ total number of partners to 39.
They say to succeed in Hollywood, all you need is to get your foot in the door, whatever that door is. For 31-year-old Terrell Lawrence, it was the accounting department of a talent agency, ICM Partners. After graduating from University of South Carolina in 2005 with a major in Media Arts, he moved to Los Angeles and the next year landed a job as an accounting analyst at ICM. But like thousands of others, Lawrence secretly harbored a dream of becoming a writer. Word of Lawrence’s aspirations got to young ICM TV lit agent Laura Gordon, who has been building a client roster after getting promoted to agent at the end of last year. She read a Big Bang Theory spec Lawrence had written and worked with him on an original sample. As both Lawrence and Gordon are well liked within the agency, other agents in the TV lit department offered to help, including partner Ted Chervin, who introduced the budding comedy writer to client Bill Lawrence. Bill Lawrence’s shows were fully staffed but he liked Terrell’s writing and recommended him to another top comedy showrunner, Greg Malins, with whom Bill had created the TBS comedy series Ground Floor. The introduction led to a writer staffing job for Terrell on Malins’ new TBS comedy Your Family or Mine… and a vacancy in ICM Partners’ accounting department for another budding writer with a knack for numbers.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Eastin, creator/executive producer of the USA Network series White Collar and Graceland, has signed with ICM Partners after being at CAA for more than a decade. Eastin has an overall deal at Fox TV Studios, which produces White Collar, set to end its run at some point with a six-episode sixth season. Graceland is now in its second season that premiered this month. Eastin’s credits also include NBC’s short-lived 2004 cop series Hawaii, and writing the 1999 pic Held Up starring Jamie Foxx and the screenplay for the perpetually in-limbo True Lies 2. He continues to be repped by attorney Karl Austin.
Looks like another agency has had to go after another star in court over the latter not paying the former what they allegedly owe. In this case it is UTA, that today slammed Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery with a breach of contract complaint in LA Superior Court. The agency wants the more than $248,222 they say they are due in unpaid commissions for the actress’ work on the CBS series. In the 16-page jury-demanding filing, UTA also says it wants general damages, interest and legal fees from Montgomery, who now is with ICM Partners.
“Montgomery paid commissions due to UTA through and including season one of [Unforgettable], and then, for no reason whatsoever, suddenly stopped making payments,” says the complaint (read it here). “Montgomery has not only turned her back on the people who helped her career, but on her contractual obligations to those people.” According to filing, UTA and Montgomery entered into an oral agreement in August 2010 that the agency would rep the actress. The Unforgettable deal was negotiated in February 2011. The crime drama debuted in September of that year on CBS. Montgomery exited UTA not long after her agent Ruthanne Secunda joined ICM in December 2012. (UPDATE, 8:05 PM: A statement I received from Montgomery’s reps says in part that “Poppy categorically disputes UTA’s claim, which is nothing more than an over-reaching claim by a talent agency which has done nothing for Poppy over the past several years.”)
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Manu Bennett has signed with APA. The New Zealander plays Orc chieftain Azog in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and Slade Wilson/Death Stroke on The CW’s Arrow. He also starred as Crixus on Starz’s Spartacus and appeared in features including 30 Days Of Night, The Condemned and The Marine. Bennett also is repped by Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta and attorneys Jeff Frankel and Rob Goldman.
Madeline Brewer has inked with ICM Partners. She made her debut as Tricia Miller on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and next appears in Season 2 of the streaming service’s original drama Hemlock Grove, playing a mysterious graphic novelist entering the town. She continues to be managed by Inphenate and lawyered by Schreck, Rose.
EXCLUSIVE: Call her Yitzhak. Lena Hall, Tony-nominated for her co-starring role opposite Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, has signed with ICM Partners. She previously appeared in Kinky Boots. She also fronts rock band The Deafening. As Yitzhak, she plays the object of Hedwig’s odd affections in the sizzling rock musical about a semi-transgendered semi-rock star played by Harris with a star-confirming mix of ferociousness and vulnerability. Hall’s unexpected curtain call provides one of the show’s great moments. She’s managed by Robyn Ziegler Management and Alligned Entertainment.
This is one agency war that has ended with a veiled whimper rather than a drawn-out legal drama. More than six months after Jeff Berg’s Resolution took ICM Partners to court over his former agency’s repeated insistence that it was entitled to commissions on deals made by its former agents, the plug has been pulled on the battle. Terms of the settlement have not been revealed, but Resolution filed for a dismissal on March 24. “Essentially, both gangs put down their knives,” a source close to the situation tells me.
Related: Resolution Sued By Month-Long Agent Poached From ICM
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Ali Wentworth has signed with ICM Partners. Wentworth created, executive produced and starred in Starz’s Head Case which ran from 2007-2009, and recently guested on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show, CBS’ Blue Bloods and TBS’ Cougar Town. Her film credits include It’s Complicated, Office Space and Jerry Maguire. Wentworth also is the author of the bestselling Ali In Wonderland, a collection of funny stories about her life, and currently hosts the web series Daily Shot With Ali Wentworth, produced by Disney Interactive and broadcast online on Yahoo! Shine.
EXCLUSIVE: Jimi Hendrix has become an ICM Partners client. The agency has signed Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned enterprise that controls the songs and rights of the legendary late guitar player. The agency’s first order of business: to amplify its client’s efforts to produce a feature film chronicling Hendrix’s life story. The film will be the very first to be authorized by and have the full cooperation of Experience Hendrix — and believe me, many actors and film companies will covet that opportunity. The company was founded by the guitarist’s father James “Al” Hendrix and now is helmed by Janie Hendrix, President and CEO and the sister of the guitar great, who died in 1970 after recording just four albums that were enough to make him arguably the greatest rocker to plug a guitar into an amp.
I’ve written numerous times over the years about attempts by the likes of Eddie Murphy and Will Smith to play Hendrix, and most recently Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull, who financed the rock docu It Might Get Loud, commissioned Max Borenstein to write a script, and he and producer Billy Gerber had Anthony Mackie ready to string up the Fender Stratocaster and Paul Greengrass ready to direct him. They dropped the effort when the estate refused to authorize the film and license rights to Hendrix’s signature tunes. OutKast’s Andre 3000 also sparked to playing Hendrix, and when the estate didn’t waver, he and Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley made All Is By My Side anyway. The film, about Hendrix’s formative years, does not feature any songs controlled by the estate. It’s playing at SXSW. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has reason to crow a little this morning. The agency just signed Sebastian Stan. He’s the goth-looking villain in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which Marvel Studios and Disney release shortly. Stan, who had been repped by WME, appeared in the first Captain America as Bucky Barnes, the superhero’s sidekick in the WWII storyline who has a resurgence in the Marvel Comics and obviously the movie.
He’s front and center in the sequel, but until that film comes out, Stan is better known for his stage work that includes starring opposite Ellen Burstyn in the Broadway revival of Picnic, and starring with Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. His other film work includes The Apparition, Gone, Black Swan, Hot Tub Time Machine and The Covenant. He also did the USA Network’s Political Animals as well as Gossip Girl on the small screen. Emily Gerson Saines continues to manage him.
EXCLUSIVE: Just more than a week after Sundance Selects picked up North American rights to Hellion, the pic’s writer-director Kat Candler has signed with ICM Partners. In competition in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Hellion is Candler’s feature debut and stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, who was also a co-exec producer. Newcomer Josh Wiggins and Juliette Lewis co-star in the the film, which focuses on a family falling apart fast after the death of the mother. Candler adapted Hellion from her own short film that screened at Sundance two years ago. The film is produced by Kelly Williams & Jonathan Duffy and executive produced by Jeff Nichols (Mud) and Sarah Green. It is scheduled to be released theatrically and on VOD later this year and to play at SXSW this week. Candler continues to also be represented by attorney Deena Kalai.
Related: Sundance: Aaron Paul On ‘Hellion’, ‘Exodus’ & ‘Breaking Bad’s Golden Globes Win
The man who’s widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time is looking for a second career outside the ring. Anderson Silva has signed with ICM Partners for worldwide representation as he looks into acting and producing films and TV, publishing and endorsement branding. The Brazilian is a superstar in his growing sport, reigning as the UFC middleweight championship from 2006-13 and holding the record for most consecutive wins (16) and title defenses (10). He was the subject of the documentary Like Water, which won the best director prize for Pablo Corce at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Cinedigm. Silva, who boasts more than 5 million Twitter followers and 4 million Facebook fans, is managed by Hebert Mota and theatrically managed by Talize Sayegh.
Rhys Wakefield has signed with ICM Partners. The Australian actor is onscreen in Endless Love, and his other credits include The Purge, Nobody Walks and The Black Balloon, for which he earned Best Actor noms from the Australian Film Institute and the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He is managed by Anonymous Content.
Gina Wendkos has signed with APA. Her feature writing credits include The Perfect Man, Coyote Ugly, Jersey Girl and the Princess Diaries films along with the telepic Do No Harm. Wendkos is scripting Carnival for CBS Films and Kabul Beauty School, which is in development at Columbia. She is additionally repped by The Gotham Group.
Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet has left ICM Partners. Stonestreet signed with ICM in October 2009, shortly after the launch of Modern Family. Stonestreet’s breakout role on the hit ABC comedy as Cameron Tucker has earned him two Emmy awards. Stonestreet was with ICM during the recent Modern Family cast salary negotiations and recently closed a deal for a voiceover part in the Illumination/Universal animated feature with Kevin Hart and Louis C.K.. Over the last couple of years, Stonestreet also had parts in feature comedies Identity Thief and Bad Teacher and will next be seen in thriller The Loft. He continues to be repped by Thruline Management and Felker Toczek.
EXCLUSIVE: The longtime partner at the Skouras Agency has moved to the motion picture production department at ICM Partners. Lara Sackett will be bringing a slew of her below-the-line clients along with her including production designers David Crank, Jack Fisk, Game Of Thrones’ and recent ADG Awards winner Gemma Jackson, Hunger Games‘ Philip Messina and Sharon Seymour. Sackett also reps DPs such as Stephen Goldblatt, August: Osage County’s Adriano Goldman and Salvatore Totino along with film editors like Bob Ducsay, Dana Glauberman and Saar Klein. She had been a Skouras partner since 2003.
Related: J.C. Mills Joins ICM Partners As International TV Agent
EXCLUSIVE: One of the leads in the Best Foreign Language Oscar nominated film The Broken Circle Breakdown has signed on with ICM Partners, I’ve learned. Veerle Baetens, who plays tattoo artist and grieving mother Elise Vandeveld in the film, will be repped by the agency in all areas. As well as being an Oscar nominee this year, Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen has been a blockbuster in Belgium and spawned the best selling soundtrack in the nation’s history. Additionally, Baetens herself won the Best Actress award at both the 2013 European Film Awards and Tribeca Film Festival last year for her performance. The singer and actress, who also starred in the Starz/BBC drama The White Queen, will continued to be repped in Europe by Rosalie Cimino at UBBA.
Related: CAA Signs Felix Van Groeningen
Nick Damici has signed with ICM Partners for film and TV lit. He wrote and co-stars in the Sundance competition drama Cold In July, which also stars Michael C. Hall in his first post-Dexter role. IFC acquired the North American rights to the pic during the festival. Damici also wrote Stake Land, Mulberry Street and 2013 Sundance pic We Are What We Are. He is managed by Sweet 180 Management.
Spencer Boldman has inked with UTA. The star of Disney XD’s Lab Rats next appears in in the rodeo-themed DTV feature Dakota’s Summer. His credits also include I’m In The Band, iCarly and the telefilms Billion Dollar Freshman and Jack And Janet Save The Planet. He is additionally repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and Millennium Artists.
EXCLUSIVE: This seems to be the season for client migration. In a day where several agencies saw prominent players move, filmmakers David Siegel and Scott McGehee have just signed with ICM Partners. The duo most recently helmed What Maisie Knew, the film that premiered in Toronto and was released by Millennium Entertainment, with Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgard and Onata Aprile starring. They also helmed the Richard Gere-Juliette Binoche starrer Bee Season, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt starrer Uncertainty and their breakout film was the dark Tilda Swinton starrer The Deep End. The duo most recently was repped by WME.
The Parenthood star has signed with ICM Partners. Monica Potter snagged a Golden Globe nom for her role as a soccer mom battling an illness on the NBC drama. She also was a regular on TNT’s 2009 drama Trust Me and recurred on Boston Legal. Her big-screen credits include The Last House On The Left, Saw, Along Came A Spider and Patch Adams. Potter also is represented by The Schiff Company and Felker Toczek. ICM last week signed Spike Lee; David Zellner and Nathan Zellner, the filmmakers behind Sundance Jury Prize winner Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter; and actor Pierre Boulanger of Sundance pic God Help The Girl.
EMMYS Q&A: Monica Potter
Sundance: ICM Signs ‘Kumiko’ Duo & ‘God Help The Girl’ Actor