ICM Partners

ICM Partners is a talent and literary agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and London.[1] ICM (International Creative Management) Partners represents clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, music, publishing, live performance, branded entertainment and new media. Its corporate headquarters are in Constellation Place in Century City, Los Angeles.[2][3][4]

ICM Partners
TypePrivate
FoundedCentury City, Los Angeles, California, US (1975)
HeadquartersConstellation Place
Century City, Los Angeles, California, US
Websitewww.icmpartners.com
Constellation Place, the headquarters of the agency, overlooking Westfield Century City.

History

ICM was formed in 1975 through the merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Agency. In 2005, the company raised a financing round of $75 million from Rizvi Traverse.[5]

In 2006, ICM acquired the literary agency Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann.[6]

In 2012, the agency completed a management buyout and formed a partnership with the new name, ICM Partners.[7]

In March 2018, ICM acquired the Just For Laughs comedy festival, as part of a partnership with Howie Mandel.[8][9] A 51% majority was later sold to Bell Media and Groupe CH to maintain a primarily-Canadian ownership.[10] In June that year, ICM formed a partnership with esports-focused talent agency Evolved.[11][12]

In December 2019, ICM Partners sold a one-third equity stake in the company to Crestview Partners, with the expressed goal to grow the company within the representation business with an emphasis on International growth.[13]

In March 2020, ICM partnered with Primary Talent International, a London based music touring agency with over 700 touring clients.[14] In August, they bought a significant minority interest in Albatros, a literary agency based in Stockholm and moved partner Pete Stone to Sweden to run ICM Europe.[15] In October, the agency purchased Stellar Group, the largest football/soccer agency in the world and rebranded it ICM Stellar Sports.[16]

Stellar Group CEO Jonathan Barnett was listed by Forbes as the #1 sports agent in the world by Forbes magazine in 2019.[17]

In July 2021, ICM Partners and ICM Stellar Sports purchased one of the leading NFL representation agencies, Select Sports Group, a Texas based company headed up by Jeff Nalley and Erik Burkhardt.[18]

In September 2021, it was announced that ICM would be bought by CAA. However, the sale price is yet undisclosed and the sale is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.[19]

Departments

Television and movies

ICM Partners' television and motion picture departments represent film actors, actresses, directors and writers. The departments also features a division dedicated to production professionals such as cinematographers, editors, 2nd unit directors, composers, production designers, costume designers and visual effects supervisors. The television department also represents on-air and creative talent.[20][21]

Publishing

ICM Partners represents writers and editors including Patricia Cornwell,[22] Thomas Friedman,[23] Anna Quindlen, E.L. Doctorow, Walter Isaacson, Carl Hiaasen, Tom Bissell,[24] Anthony Swofford, Chris Cleave, Candace Bushnell, John Feinstein,[25] Ann Patchett, Carol Higgins Clark and Steve Martin. In addition, the agency represents the estates of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Arthur Miller,[26] E.B. White, and Tennessee Williams, among others.

Music, comedy, and lectures

ICM Partners' concert and live appearances department represents artists in music and comedy as well as lecturers.[citation needed] ICM Partners acquired New York City speakers agency, Royce Carlton, Inc., in 2017. From the acquisition until late 2019, the lecture division still went by the Royce Carlton name. On October 16, 2019, the division rebranded to ICM Speakers and relocated to the Washington, DC office. ICM Speakers' division services include the management and representation of professional public speakers. A few notable clients include author Mitch Albom, author Jon Meacham, TV host Karamo Brown, and activist Nadia Murad.[citation needed]

Branded entertainment

ICM Partners' global branded entertainment division's services range from celebrity endorsements, product placement and music tour sponsorship[27] to brand integration, such as the creation and packaging of original branded films and television shows.[28] The agency's celebrity endorsements department services all ICM Partners' film and television talent for on-camera, print and voiceover commercial work as well as for paid media campaigns.[29]

References

  1. ^ "ICM International Creative Management - Concerts". Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Nash, James. "Lights, camera, Katrina: rebuilding of Louisiana will affect production in L.A." Los Angeles Business Journal at AllBusiness. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "[...] ICM Partners, the Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency."
  3. ^ Vincent, Roger. "Energy cells help power Century City skyscraper." Los Angeles Times. February 5, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Miller, Daniel (June 4, 2012). "ICM Partners Forms Digital Strategy Division, Hires Group Head".
  5. ^ "ICM Finalizes Management Buyout; Partnership Excludes Former Chairman Jeff Berg". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  6. ^ Hoffman, Claire (2006-07-29). "From Boutique Agency to ICM Brass". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  7. ^ Miller, Daniel (May 23, 2012). "ICM Finalizes Management Buyout; Partnership Excludes Former Chairman Jeff Berg".
  8. ^ "Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel and American company". CBC News. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  9. ^ "'Montreal is the mecca': Howie Mandel joins JFL bid, will keep HQ here". Montreal Gazette. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  10. ^ "Bell Media, Groupe CH among group that has acquired Just For Laughs". Montreal Gazette. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  11. ^ Fogel, Stefanie (2018-06-14). "ICM Partners Teams Up With Esports Talent Agency Evolved". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  12. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2018-06-14). "ICM Partners Inks Partnership With Esports Talent Agency Evolved". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  13. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 16, 2019). "ICM Partners Sells One-Third Stake to Crestview Partners for $150 Million".
  14. ^ "ICM Partners Acquires U.K. Music Agency Primary Talent International". Billboard.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 12, 2020). "ICM Partners Acquires Stake In Swedish Lit Agency Albatros; Pete Stone Will Relocate To Stockholm To Spearhead Joint Efforts". Deadline.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "ICM Partners buys Stellar Group, with 800 athlete clients". Los Angeles Times. October 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Belzer, Jason. "The World's Most Powerful Sports Agents 2019: Soccer's Jonathan Barnett Takes Over At No. 1". Forbes.
  18. ^ "ICM Stellar Sports sees Select acquisition as first major growth step". www.sportsbusinessjournal.com.
  19. ^ "CAA to Buy ICM Partners in Blockbuster Agency Deal". 27 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  20. ^ Adalian, Josef. "A Worldly View of Things : In Depth : TVWeek - Television Industry news, TV ratings, analysis, celebrity event photos". TVWeek. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 10, 2012). "Bob Broder Leaving ICM Partners To Run Chuck Lorre's Company". Deadline.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "Angelina Jolie teams with Fox 2000 - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  23. ^ "Toni Morrison - Biography". Nobelprize.org. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  24. ^ "ICM Agent Heather Schroder Assures Authors: 'Things Are Bad, But the Sky is Not Falling'". Archived from the original on December 5, 2008.
  25. ^ "John Feinstein - Authors". Random House. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  26. ^ "VQR » A Portrait of Arthur Miller". Vqronline.org. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  27. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop Briefs: Beyonce, Freddie Hubbard, Will Downing". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  28. ^ "Entertainment A-List No. 5: Carol Goll". Ad Age. May 23, 2011.
  29. ^ Garfield, Bob (2005-09-27). "Taking Cadillac from Stodgy to Sexy: Kate Walsh - Advertising Age - Ad Review". Adage.com. Retrieved 2010-08-24.

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