ICM Reveals 2018 New Partner Class

Courtesy of ICM Partners
Clockwise from top left: Adam Ginivisian, Ayala Cohen, Hrishi Desai, Scott Mantell, Kathleen Remington, Lara Sackett

The six new partners consist of three women and three men, in line with its 5050by2020 gender parity pledge.

ICM Partners has named six agents to its 2018 new partner class, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

It’s just the third new partner class since the agency’s founding partnership of 29 in 2012. ICM added another 11 partners a year later, and then nine more in 2016. With this third wave, the partnership now stands at 54.

The six new partners are:

Comedy agent Ayala Cohen, who was a talent executive/producer at Saturday Night Live before becoming an agent in 2012. Her clients include Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, Chris Redd and Cecily Strong, as well as Fortune Feimster, Amy Landecker and Jay Pharoah.

Literary agent Hrishi Desai, whose roster includes The Handmaid’s Tale creator and showrunner Bruce Miller and Happy! co-creator Grant Morrison, as well as writers for The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Empire, Lethal Weapon, The Gifted, Power, American Dad, Suits, 13 Reasons Why and Luke Cage.

Comedy/concerts agent Adam Ginivisian, who is now the agency’s youngest partner, having begun his career in the mailroom in 2007. He became agent just two years later, and his clients include Pharoah, Redd, Feimster, Rob Schneider, Aisha Tyler, Desus & Mero, Anthony Atamanuik, Mikey Day, Southern Momma, Roseanne Barr, Michael Kosta and Orny Adams. He also pays it forward by co-leading ICM’s trainee program in Los Angeles.

Concerts agent Scott Mantell, who serves as head of international touring. Mantell spent just a year as an assistant in 2003 before being promoted to agent. His artists include Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, D’Angelo, Jon Bellion, Cyndi Lauper, Jill Scott and Postmodern Jukebox, and he also books shows outside North America for ICM artists including J. Cole, Machine Gun Kelly and Melanie Martinez.

Lit agent Kathleen Remington, who was named to THR’s Next Gen class last year. After entering the agency as an intern in 2003, she now represents screenwriter/producer Gary Dauberman (It, Annabelle: Creation) as well as Fast and Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan.

Physical production agent Lara Sackett, whose decorated clients include Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (Argo; he also was nominated for Zero Dark Thirty that same year), production designer Jack Fisk (The Revenant), commercial and feature editor Hank Corwin (The Big Short), Emmy-nominated cinematographer Adriano Goldman (The Crown), Oscar-nominated editor Tatiana Riegel (I, Tonya), double Oscar-nominated production designer Sarah Greenwood (Darkest Hour, Beauty and the Beast) and The Last Jedi editor Bob Ducsay.

Cohen is based in New York, while the others are based in L.A. The new partnership class is in line with ICM Partners’ 5050by2020 commitment. The agency was the first company in Hollywood to publicly take the gender parity pledge.

“We are proud to welcome these outstanding agents into our partnership,” the agency said in a statement. “Each has earned their ascension through a passion for advancing the careers of our clients, dedication to teamwork and great taste. They each make a unique and important contribution to our culture, which is a major factor in their elevation to partner.”

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