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Taking the podium
Lindsay Samakow has joined ICM Partners as a senior agent in the lectures unit, now branded under the Royce Carlton banner following the ICM’s acquisition of the storied speakers agency last month. The Penn State grad previously spent six years at Virginia-based Keppler Speakers, where after two years she became its youngest-ever vp. At Keppler, Samakow recruited Laverne Cox and Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte and also was known for developing the company’s college and university division, a key part of its business. “Lindsay’s relationships with many facets of the business and entertainment community, her stop-at-nothing approach, her humor and her ability to see lectures clients through all stages of their careers make her uniquely suited to help expand ICM Partners’ lectures department,” Jonathan Perelman, who heads the Royce Carlton unit with Carlton Sedgeley, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have her on the team with us as we build out a best-in-class department.”
Rule of three
Abrams has hired three agents to its Los Angeles office:
Michael Brooks has joined the personal appearance department, where he will report directly to agency founder and CEO Harry Abrams. Brooks will integrate and lead personal appearance services across all of Abrams’ departments in Los Angeles and New York. He was previously at AKA Talent, and has more than 15 years of experience as an agent in the space.
Derek Blum has joined the alternative and digital media department, where he will report to senior vp Alec Shankman, who heads that department. He was previously an agent at APA.
Ryan Levee has joined the literary department, where he will report to vice presidents Brad Rosenfeld and Paul Weitzman, who head that department. He also was previously an agent at APA.
“All of us at AAA are thrilled to welcome Derek, Ryan and Michael to the agency fold,” Abrams said in a statement. “They each have unique skills and relationships within the industry that will continue our growth not only in their specific departments, but also across the entire spectrum of the agency in Los Angeles and New York. Their hiring continues to define the agency’s expansion in serving clients in their career development and trajectories.”
The Gonzaga University athletics department has signed a new 10-year exclusive multimedia rights extension with IMG to remain with the agency through 2028. IMG has represented the school’s multimedia rights since 2008 and its licensing rights since 1999 (IMG College Licensing inked an eight-year extension with Gonzaga last year).
“We continue to have a fantastic relationship with the IMG team and are eager to work with them to grow our brand locally and nationally,” Gonzaga athletics director Mike Roth said in a statement.
The deal extension includes third-tier TV rights for games that are not broadcast under the West Coast Conference’s broadcast agreement. IMG also will broker deals for the new digital signage in the school’s basketball stadium.
“We have an outstanding relationship at Gonzaga University, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership for years to come,” IMG College President Tim Pernetti said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with Gonzaga to build their powerful and unique brand on a national and local level while providing opportunities that bolster Zags Athletics, the Gonzaga community and its student-athletes.”
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