ICM's Shapiro exits, partners with Greene


Veteran ICM talent agent Risa Shapiro is leaving the agency to launch a management/ production company with talent manager Melanie Greene.

The move has been facilitated by ICM, which is expected to continue to rep some of Shapiro's clients. Shapiro also is expected to continue to work with most of her clients in her new capacity.

Shapiro's client roster at ICM includes David Duchovny, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Zegers, Natasha McElhone and Amber Valletta.

Following Shapiro's exit from ICM, Connelly signed with CAA, but will be managed by Shapiro.

As an agent, Shapiro has shared clients with Greene, including Duchovny, who is managed by Greene.

"I am excited about my new business venture with my dear friend, Melanie, and, after 17 incredible years, I look forward to working with my colleagues at ICM in a new capacity," Shapiro said.

Greene has headed her own company, Melanie Greene Management and Prods. The name of her new venture with Shapiro, which will be housed in Greene's Los Angeles offices, is yet to be determined.

Shapiro joined ICM in 1991 as a motion picture talent agent. She was instrumental in developing the careers of Connelly, Duchovny and former longtime client Rosie O'Donnell.

"This is an exciting opportunity for her, and we all look forward to working with Risa and Melanie in their new partnership," said Toni Howard, head of ICM's motion picture talent department.