Albrecht parts ways with IMG


Chris Albrecht has left global talent agency and TV producer IMG after a year.

When the former HBO boss was hired as head of IMG Global Media in September, IMG Worldwide CEO Ted Forstmann said he was launching a $250 million media and entertainment content investment fund for Albrecht to work with in expanding IMG's media and entertainment business.

"However, market conditions intervened to frustrate that goal," Forstmann and Albrecht said in a joint statement Tuesday. "The parties are separating on an amicable basis, regretful that the association was unable to work."

Recently, IMG came close to buying half of Mark Burnett's production company for $250 million, but a deal didn't go through.

Under Albrecht, IMG made several smaller TV pacts, including one with Glassman Media to partner on producing and distributing unscripted television series. He also orchestrated the sale of the British series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," produced by IMG-owned Tiger Aspect, to Showtime, which ordered two more seasons.

Albrecht said he will return to Foresee Entertainment, the independent production and distribution company he formed before joining IMG. (partialdiff)