EXCLUSIVE: Writer, director, and actress Iram Haq has signed with ICM Partners in a competitive pursuit. Haq made her feature debut with the 2013 Toronto Film Festival entry I Am Yours, which Norway selected as its Best Foreign Language Oscar submission. Pic follows a Pakistani-Norwegian single mother (Game Of Thrones‘ Amrita Acharia) who struggles with her love life and her disapproving, traditional mother. I Am Yours won Best Feature at the Lübeck Film Festival in Germany and will play the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival next month. Haq’s next film The Way Back will shoot at the end of 2015 with I Am Yours producers Mer Film. Her 2009 short film Little Miss Eye Flap premiered at Sundance, screened in competition at Venice, and won the Ellen Award at the 2010 Aspen Shortsfest. Have a look at the trailer for I Am Yours:
Good Day For Ed Oxenbould As ICM Partners Signs Title Character From ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Ed Oxenbould, the young thesp who just wrapped production opposite Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner on the Miguel Arteta-directed Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney …
This is the first elevation of agents to the partner level since ICM Partners completed its management buyout in 2012 and brings the number of partners to 38. The promotions come from both coasts and represent the departments of talent, motion picture literary, television, publishing, theater, concerts, global branded entertainment, and motion picture production. The new partners are co-head of motion picture literary Doug MacLaren, publishing agents Kris Dahl and Jennifer Joel, Hildy Gottlieb and Brian Mann from the agency’s talent department, theater head Patrick Herold, concerts’ Mark Siegel and Chris Smith, head of global branded entertainment Carol Goll, motion picture production’s Dan Baime, and international television and media’s Lori York.
ICM Partners has promoted two to agent. Patrick Feldman, who’s worked in the international TV department since 2010, has been promoted to agent in the same division. He’ll work out of the LA and London …
EXCLUSIVE: It was a good Toronto Film Festival for Finnish helmer Dome Karukoski. His Heart Of A Lion premiered earlier this month at the fest, and during the run of the event he was tapped to make his English-language debut on Tom Of Finland. All of that action got the major agencies interested, and he just inked with ICM Partners. Heart Of A Lion, written by Aleksi Bardy, centers on the head of a gang of racist skinheads who finds himself questioning his personal prejudices and values after falling for a waitress whose son is of African descent. It bows next month in Karukoski’s native Finland. Tom Of Finland is the biopic of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, who revolutionized the image of gay men, paved the way for greater tolerance and openness, and influenced designers like Tom Ford and Jean Paul Gaultier.
EXCLUSIVE: This would be considered a major loss for any agency as Mark Gordon is among the top nonwriting TV producers with several shows that have gone the distance, including ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Lifetime’s Army Wives. Gordon had been with Chris Silbermann for more than a decade, first at BWCS and then at ICM, and Silbermann guided the producer as he built his Mark Gordon Co. from scratch into a several-hundred-million-dollar pod. The timing of Gordon’s departure is surprising. It comes on the heels of the breakout success of his latest series, Ray Donovan, which broke ratings records for Showtime this summer. It also comes at the height of selling season and in the midst of the Mark Gordon Co.’s big four-year deal at ABC Studios, which has two more years on it.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer/director/producer Barry Levinson has returned to ICM Partners. Levinson, who produces his films through his Baltimore Pictures banner and teams with Tom Fontana for TV series through their Levinson/Fontana Company banner, hasn’t chosen his next feature directing outing. …
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has named Doug MacLaren and Harley Copen to co-head the agency’s Motion Picture Literary department. They will oversee a department that has writer/filmmakers and producers including Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Tom Hooper, David Mamet, Stephen Frears, Vanessa Taylor, Lisa Cholodenko, Vince Gilligan, Thomas Vinterberg, Peter Weir, Joseph Cedar, Tim Robbins, Jack Paglen and Deepa Mehta. The move is the second major one today for ICM Partners, after Emile Gladstone announced he would be leaving to partner with longtime client Chris Morgan in his Chris Morgan Productions shingle.
MacLaren, who joined the agency in 1995, is taking a second tour of duty as he was co-head of the department from 2006-2009. It’s the first time for Copen, who began his career at Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann in 2001 and was named partner at the agency last year. Before MacLaren became an agent, he was an investment banker at Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia in Hong Kong.
Longtime ICM Partners Agent Emile Gladstone Leaving To Run Client Chris Morgan’s TV And Film Shingle
EXCLUSIVE: After 18 years as a lit agent, Emile Gladstone is leaving ICM Partners to partner with client Chris Morgan in his Chris Morgan Productions banner. Gladstone is transitioning his clients within the agency–Morgan continues to be repped by ICM Partners–and he will begin running Morgan’s film and TV divisions in August.
CMP has a first look feature deal at Universal, where Morgan has written the last four films in The Fast And The Furious franchise, with another one in the works. He was also one of the writers on Wanted and the upcoming 47 Ronin. CMP has its first-look TV deal through 20th Television, where it has the series Gang Related slated for a mid-season slot. Morgan is exec producer. It will be Gladstone’s responsibility to help Morgan bolster the feature slate, and put series projects in development for 20th.
Agency Signings: ‘Have And Have Nots’ Tika Sumpter; ‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Stephen Graham, Ashley Hinshaw & ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Blake Berris
Tika Sumpter has signed with WME. Appearing in OWN’s freshman hit Tyler Perry drama series The Haves And Have Nots, Sumpter also has been on Gossip Girl and in the feature Sparkle. Sumpter has roles in a …