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ICM Partners on Wednesday named Rich Green to head its media rights department and promoted four others to agent in the media rights and publishing departments. The announcement was made jointly by partners and board members Sloan Harris and Esther Newberg, who co-head the publishing department, and Kevin Crotty.
“Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats,” the agency said in a statement. “With Rich at the helm of our media rights department, we are poised to build on the strength of our publishing department, providing the best opportunities to expand the work of our clients.”
Some high-profile recent projects that came out of ICM’s media rights department, which also contains veteran agents Ron Bernstein and Josie Freedman, include Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life, which became FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Upcoming films and TV series include an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s American Assassin (with Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton), Jason Matthews’ Red Sparrow (with Jennifer Lawrence) and Jesse Burton’s The Miniaturist.
Green joined ICM in 2014. The list of authors he represents includes Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook), Nathaniel Philbrick (Heart of the Sea), Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches) and Janice Y.K. Lee (The Expatriates). His recent deals include John Sandford’s Saturn Run at Sony Television, Juman Malouf’s Trilogy of Two at Amblin and Joe Ide’s IQ at Alcon. Green began his career in 1987 working for agent Lynn Pleshette, rising to be named partner at what became Pleshette, Green & Sanders.
ICM partners also promoted four to agent. Lia Chan has been promoted to agent in media rights. In addition, agent Will Watkins has moved from motion picture literary to media rights.
In New York, Hillary Jacobson, Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler were all promoted to agent in the publications department. Sandler joined ICM in 2011 and was Esther Newburg’s assistant. Karpas joined ICM in 2012 and worked with Sloan Harris. Jacobson joined ICM in 2015. Sandler and Karpas both completed ICM’s agent trainee program.
ICM’s publishing department annually represents more than 100 New York Times best-sellers. Clients include Thomas L. Friedman, the estate of Dr. Seuss, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the literary estate of Michael Crichton, Michael Chabon, John Sandford, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, Anna Quindlen, Jennifer Egan and Steve Martin.
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