ICM Partners Forms Alliance With Lit Agency Gelfman Schneider

The agency continues to expand its publishing arm with a pact with the New York-based firm.

In a move to bolster its growing presence in the publishing world, ICM Partners has formed a pact with New York-based Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.

The alliance brings noted authors including Jeffery Deaver, Tracy Chevalier, David Nicholls, David Rabe, Chris Bohjalian, Carolyn Hart and Meg Gardiner under ICM Partners' umbrella.

The lit agency, run by Jane Gelfman and Deborah Schneider, will now operate under the name Gelfman/Schneider/ICM Partners, and will keep its offices on Seventh Avenue. The deal allows agents from ICM Partners to co-sign authors and journalists with the new entity. ICM Partners’ media rights department will rep film,TV and media rights from the firm's library of titles.

Said Gelfman and Schneider in a joint statement: “Joining forces with an agency of ICM’s international stature gives us the power to stay competitive and more efficient in a changing marketplace and provides continuity for us and our clients long into the future."

Several titles repped by Gelfman Schneider have been adapted into film, TV and theater properties, including Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. The agency also reps the estate of author Dashiell Hammett. Warner Bros. is currently developing a remake of Hammett's The Thin Man.

In November 2012, ICM Partners formed an alliance with Washington, D.C.-based lit firm The Sagalyn Agency. Renamed ICM/Sagalyn, the group reps more than 100 award-winning and best-selling journalists, academics, business thinkers and novelists in the writing field.