ICM's Lipstone, Wohl head unit
EmptyICM has promoted TV agents Greg Lipstone and Steve Wohl to head a newly created division encompassing international television and media-related activities.
Lipstone and Wohl will oversee ICM's reality TV packaging and international format sales activities in addition to new-media projects and books and other literary source materials adapted for television. London-based ICM agent Pippa Lambert will work closely with Lipstone and Wohl in managing the division's European business.
"Greg and Steve have a keen understanding of the entertainment marketplace," said ICM co-president Chris Silbermann, who emphasized that the goal in creating the new unit is to develop "new opportunities for our clients in the U.S. and abroad."
Lipstone and Wohl noted the importance of finding new ways to create business opportunities for their clients on a global scale, pointing to the presence of European formats in the U.S. as well as the impact of U.S. programming on the rest of the world.
"We wanted to figure out ways of supporting our clients in different distribution platforms, and that means taking a more global approach to our business," Lipstone said.
Added Wohl: "Whether you're seeing it in terms of television here or the world, it's really about the media business."
Lipstone and Wohl have packaged such reality hits as ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and the CW's "America's Next Top Model." ICM is a player in the format licensing business through its representation of BBC Worldwide Prods.
After scoring with ABC's "Dancing," BBC Worldwide is branching out this year into licensing of scripted series, including the CBS pilot "Viva Laughlin!" -- based on the BBC series "Viva Blackpool!" -- and the ABC comedy pilot "The Thick of It," based on the British show of the same name. Other ICM-repped production companies active in the format-driven and unscripted realm include LMNO Prods., Rocket Science Laboratories, Nash Entertainment, Nippon Television, Granada America, All 3 Media, Zodiac and Cineflex International.
Lipstone joined ICM in June 2005 after a 21-year run as a TV agent at WMA. Wohl has been with ICM since 1987, most recently serving as senior vp and head of alternative programming.