BREAKING: In a move that gives the ICM Partners publishing division a foothold in D.C., the agency has established what it is calling a “strategic alliance” with Raphael Sagalyn’s The Sagalyn Agency. The D.C. outpost will now be called ICM/Sagalyn. The alliance melds Sagalyn’s strong non-fiction author list and ICM’s list dominated by fiction authors.
Sagalyn has long run a one-man shop in D.C., where he represents over 100 authors, journalists and business and political experts. His list includes National Book Award finalists Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Steve Olson, Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Wright and New York Times bestselling authors Dan Pink, Claire Shipman, Katty Kay, Franklin Foer, David Ignatius, Daniel Suarez, Howard Kurtz, David Simon, Ross Douthat, Del Quentin Wilber, Ian Bremmer, NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Vanity Fair editor Cullen Murphy, MIT economist Simon Johnson, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and Harvard professor Robert Putnam. READ MORE »
ICM Partners has signed Andrew Scott for representation. The Irish actor plays the villain Jim Moriarty on Sherlock. The BBC show, soon to head into a third season, is shown on PBS in the U.S. … Read More »
ICM Partners has hired Melissa Aouate as a junior television literary agent. She will join the Los Angeles office of the agency after Thanksgiving. This marks Aouate’s return to ICM where she started her career as an assistant in the motion picture literary department. Aouate recently was the director of development at Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, where she worked on the recently released feature, Flight, and was an executive on The Demonologist, The Charles Fort Prophecies, and How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack. Additionally, Aouate has been involved with ImageMovers’ Showtime drama The Borgias and developed a number of projects in the works at Fox TV Studios deal where ImageMovers is under an overall deal.Read More »
Kirk Ellis, writer/co-executive producer of the HBO miniseries John Adams, has signed with ICM Partners. He was with CAA. Ellis won an Emmy for writing the seven-part mini and shared in John Adams‘ award for best movie/miniseries. … Read More »
ICM Partners has made its first new partner hire since the agency was restructured as a partnership, bringing in top literary rep Bart Walker to boost ICM’s motion picture department. Veteran Walker comes from management/film financing and sales company Cinetic Media. Making the move to ICM Partners with Walker is his longtime colleague, Cinetic manager Christine Bazdekis. Their hefty client roster includes Sofia Coppola, John Turturro, Lisa Cholodenko, Tomas Alfredson, Jim Jarmusch, Lee Daniels, Tamara Jenkins, Mira Nair, Sally Potter, Thomas Vinterberg, Boaz Yakin, Luca Guadagnino, Dee Rees, Julian Schnabel, Zoe Cassavetes, Stacy Cochran, Maryam Keshavarz and Carter Smith. The majority of the clients are expected to join the duo at ICM, including Coppola, Turturro and Cholodenko.
This marks a return to the agency side for Walker, who began his career at ICM in the 1980s working in business affairs under the late Sam Cohn in New York. He eventually became head of the NY motion picture department before leaving for CAA in 2004. In 2007 he teamed with John Sloss at Cenetic, where the pair collaborated on deals for movies like Daniels’ Precious, Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right and Exit Through The Gift Shop. He and Bazdekis will join the New York office in the coming days. Read More »
2ND UPDATE: Whenever the exit of a major Hollywood player like Jeff Berg occurs late on a Friday, it is rarely by chance. I am hearing that the exit of Berg, and Carol Bodie for that matter, … Read More »
Eric Skinner is heading back to work with David Guillod at Intellectual Artist Management after just more than eight months as an agent, Deadline has learned. ICM Partners decided not to renew Skinner’s contract. Skinner and Guillod … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Neophyte scribes Annie Harnick and Nick Cion have made their first pitch sale to Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, for an untitled romantic comedy that is aimed at a young audience. The newcomers certainly know the terrain, as Harnick is a junior at Harvard and Cion is a junior at Princeton. Each is 20 years old, making them far younger than most of the scribes Deadline writes about.
They were repped in the deal by ICM Partners, and there is a back story here. Esther Newberg, the powerhouse ICM publishing agent, asked her West Coast counterparts to read a script by the duo, called The Valedictorian. She didn’t tell them who the writers were. And the agents swear that it wasn’t until after they sparked to the script and moved to sign the writers that Newberg admitted that Cion is her great nephew. The agents sent out their script, and got 21 positive responses to the 22 producers.
The scribes met with all the producers. In their meeting with SKE’s Sidney Kimmel and his production president Matt Berenson, they mentioned another project idea. That resulted in their first deal, and while Kimmel didn’t want to blow the concept by revealing it, it must have been good because it’s only the second pitch the company has bought in its history. While The Valedictorian didn’t sell in the first round of meetings, the agency will refocus the effort on the indie set. Read More »
Veteran writer-producer Walon Green has signed with ICM Partners. The Emmy winner spent 14 years on Law & Order and served as executive producer/showrunner on spinoff Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His series credits include ER, NYPD Blue, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has bagged a big one. The agency’s publishing department has signed Nelson DeMille, the author of 15 bestselling novels. He was repped forever by Nick Ellison, but I’m told they quietly parted ways awhile ago.
DeMille routinely sells millions of books with bestsellers By The Rivers OfBabylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word Of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, and The Lion. He also co-authored Mayday with Thomas Block.
DeMille is one of those authors who has made a ton of movie option deals, only to see most of them languish in development hell. The John Travolta-starrer The General’s Daughter was the one big feature (the 1999 film grossed $143 million worldwide). His books Mayday and Word Of Honor were turned into telepics. IPG’s Joel Gotler continues to rep DeMille for features. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori, whose thriller 7 Boxes premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The Paraguayan duo made their directing debut on the film. Before they, they created numerous telepics, miniseries and short films. Here is a look at the film’s trailer:
ICM Partners and Screenz, a joint venture between Keshet Broadcasting which is Israel’s leading broadcaster and The Box, an international content and advertising company, today announced a partnership. It’s supposed to “drive innovations in second screen and interactive entertainment … Read More »
ICM Partners has signed Dublin-born Irish actor Kevin Ryan, who co-stars in the new BBC America series Copper. He’s new to these shores, and signed with ICM’s David Unger and Mosaic’s Paul Nelson and Tory Howard and … Read More »
This marks an end of an era for the newly minted ICM Partners — one of the most respected TV lit agents in the business, Bob Broder, is leaving the agency to join longtime client Chuck Lorre at his Chuck Lorre Prods. Under his huge new deal at Warner Bros TV that Broder negotiated for his client, Lorre is beefing up his banner into a full-fledged production company. Broder will play a key role in the expansion, assisting in managing all operations of the company as Lorre continues to develop, write and produce comedy series and venture out into feature films, as well as dramatic and potential longform TV projects and stage plays. Lorre said he approached Broder with the idea of quitting “being one of the most successful literary agents in the history of the business” to help him run his company. “To my amazement, he said yes,” Lorre said. “I was only kidding, but it’s a little too late to tell him that, so I’m just going to say how grateful I am to have such an incredibly wise, experienced and vaguely ruthless guy at the helm of this thing.”
Broder, whose career as an agent spans more than four decades, represents some of ICM Partners’ biggest moneymakers including Lorre, director-producer Jimmy Burrows and Christopher Lloyd, creator of the hit comedy Modern Family. (Lorre is behind Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly.) All of them will stay with ICM, while Broder also will continue to be involved in their careers. Read More »