ICM taps duo to run TV lit unit


Chris von Goetz and Kevin Crotty have been named co-heads of the television literary department at ICM.

ICM has been without a formal head of its TV lit department since the agency's merger last year with Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann, but von Goetz and Crotty quickly emerged as leaders in the department, said Chris Silbermann, co-president of ICM and co-head of the agency's worldwide television department.

"We wanted to formalize the way they've been able to step up and become leaders organically," Silbermann said.

Von Goetz and Crotty will report to worldwide television department co-head Ted Chervin along with ICM's other TV department heads -- Leigh Brillstein, who heads talent, and Greg Lipstone and Steve Wohl, who together run the international division.

Von Goetz and Crotty represent the two branches of the new ICM -- von Goetz was a rising star at BWCS, while Crotty had established himself at ICM before the two companies' 2006 merger.

There was nothing symbolic in tapping the two to head the TV lit department together, Silbermann said.

"These guys just distinguished themselves as leaders," he said. "We felt that it was a role that the agency needed to fill, and they were already doing it."

In its first TV development season after the merger, ICM has been on a roll with 34 scripted pilots, including such high-profile projects as Shonda Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff at ABC, the Stephen Dorff starrer "Skip Tracer" at CBS, David Shore's "Winters" on NBC, "Reaper" on the CW and the upcoming Showtime series "Californication" starring David Duchovny.

Crotty and von Goetz represent writers, producers and directors on such series as NBC's "The Office," "My Name Is Earl" and "Law & Order: SVU," CBS' "Without a Trace" and "Criminal Minds," Fox's "The Simpsons," HBO's "Big Love" and FX's "Rescue Me." The two also have brokered overall deals for their clients at 20th Television, ABC Television Studio and NBC Universal.

Von Goetz began as an assistant for Karey Burke at NBC Entertainment. When he went to work as an assistant to Jamie Tarses, who was then president of ABC Entertainment, he was invited by BWCS founding partner Bob Broder to join the agency. Von Goetz spent eight years as a television literary agent at BWCS before segueing to ICM after the 2006 merger.

Crotty began his career at CBS Entertainment before joining ICM in 1995. He quickly was promoted to agent in the books division and several months later moved to the TV department.