Veteran agent Bob Broder is departing ICM Partners to run longtime client Chuck Lorre’s production company.
As part of the new position, the highly respected agent will help manage all operations of the company as Lorre continues to develop, write and produce comedy series as well as expand into films and dramatic and potential longform TV projects. The news comes mere days after the Two and a Half Men producer announced a new four-year overall deal, which Broder brokered with Warner Bros. Television.
“I recently told Bob Broder that I wanted to start a production company that made all forms of television as well as feature films and stage plays,” said Lorre, whose other current credits include The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. “I said he should quit being one of the most successful literary agents in the history of the business and help me run it. To my amazement, he said yes.
“I was only kidding, but it’s a little too late to tell him that,” Lorre added, “so I’m just going to say how grateful I am to have such an incredibly wise, experienced and vaguely ruthless guy at the helm of this thing.”
In a joint statement, the partnership said: “Bob has served as a mentor for so many of us at ICM Partners, making enormous contributions to our agency and the Hollywood community at large. Most recently, he helped guide and execute the historic management buyout that brought ownership of ICM Partners to the agents of the company. Bob forever will be part of our family, and we look forward to continue working closely with him.”
Broder was a founding partner of The Broder Kurland Agency, which added Elliot Webb, Beth Uffner, Ted Chervin and Chris Silbermann as partners and later was acquired by ICM. Among his top-tier clients are Modern Family co-creator Chris Lloyd and sitcom legend James Burrows, both of whom will remain at the agency. During his decades-long tenure, Broder served as mentor to his colleagues while representing and packaging such series as The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Cheers, Frasier, Dharma & Greg and The X-Files, among others. He will continue to be engaged in the careers of some of his longtime clients.
In May, ICM finalized its deal to buy out controlling owner Rizvi Traverse Management and convert the agency to a partnership. The 150-agent company was renamed ICM Partners, and Broder was named one of 29 members of the partnership. The veteran agent had been part of a small group of top ICM executives — including Silbermann and Chervin — who had long been working to buy out the private equity firm, which had purchased a controlling interest in ICM in 2005. (Rizvi Traverse’s investment in ICM helped the agency acquire Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann in July 2006 for about $70 million.)
Daniel Miller contributed to this report.