ICM Partners Taps Julia Johnson as General Counsel

Julia Johnson
Courtesy of Myles Lam

She comes over to the talent agency from APA and gets ICM to gender parity in its leadership ranks.

ICM Partners has named Julia Johnson as its new general counsel and executive vp, head of business and legal affairs to get to gender parity overall among the Hollywood agency's leadership ranks.

Johnson comes to ICM from APA, where she was a partner, executive vp, head of global business and legal affairs and general counsel.  She is expected to join ICM in November, with her appointment unveiled by Sloan Harris and Kevin Crotty, co-presidents of ICM Partners on Monday.

Johnson's hire at ICM marks another female department head named at the talent agency, which gets ICM to over 50 percent of all departments now run or co-run by women. That trend includes Courtney Kelley named this year as head of human resources, Jennifer Joel tapped last year as head of the publications department, joining Esther Newberg, and Kathleen Remington named to lead the Motion Picture Literary division.

ICM pledged to reach 50-50 gender parity by the year 2020, with an emphasis on the leadership ranks, in Dec. 2017. Johnson replaces longtime ICM general counsel Rick Levy, who announced earlier this year he would be leaving the agency by the end of the year.

“We did a long and thorough search to fill this vitally important position within our agency and Julia’s experience, credentials, winning reputation and personality make her a perfect fit for ICM Partners. We could not be happier or prouder to have her join our senior executive team,” Harris and Crotty said in a joint statement.

While at APA, Johnson oversaw legal issues and helped launch APA Elevate; APA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force; APA’s Anonymous HR Hotline; and APA's Leadership Program.

“I’m excited to be part of ICM’s trajectory, tremendous growth and working closely with the team to create bold new opportunities for the agency and its clients in this ever-changing landscape. What also really speaks to me is that the agency has been a cultural leader on issues hugely important to me such as fulfilling their industry leading 50/50BY2020 gender equity pledge, while making strong commitments to their Her/ICM, InQlusion, Diversify ICM and ICM Politics initiatives, all of which really resonate with me and my values," Johnson said in her own statement.

During her career, Johnson has had senior business and legal executive roles at major studios and networks, including ABC Studios, Fox21 and Universal Television, where she was head of business and legal affairs, as well as at Lifetime Television networks and BBC Worldwide Productions overseeing all deal making inside and outside the U.S.

Johnson is a guest professor and lecturer at UCLA School of Law, Loyola Law School and Cal State Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA and the NYU School of Law, and is a member of the Law Review and an American Jurisprudence Award recipient.