Q&A: Chris Silberman
The ICM president is mum on the firestorm around agency client Chick Lorre but opens up about the new network chiefs, Netflix's impact and a 'very interesting' pilot season.
ICM president Chris Silbermann is a fan of both boxing and yoga, which might help explain his success fighting for his clients and calmly running a talent agency. Silbermann, 43, assumed his current post in 2007, a year after ICM acquired his former firm, Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency, a TV powerhouse where he was a managing partner. Since then, the New York native, who was raised in Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley, has led ICM through a period of sometimes-bumpy change -- for the agency and the entertainment business at large. The year before he joined, ICM received a $100 million equity infusion, which mostly came from Rizvi Traverse Management, now a major shareholder. The 150-agent company is said to be interested in shaking up its ownership structure, perhaps offering equity in the company to agents. But Silbermann's duties extend beyond managing the agency, whose client roster includes such writers and producers as Mark Gordon and Vince Gilligan and talent ranging from Jodie Foster and Jon Hamm to Eminem. The married father of two young boys and a girl won't talk about Chuck Lorre's woes with Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, but he recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter in his modern Century City office to discuss how ICM has changed since it acquired his former company, the importance of young talent and his thoughts on pilot season.
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