One man at the top of ICM int'l TV arm


Greg Lipstone is going solo as head of ICM's international television and media division.

Since the department's launch about a year ago, Lipstone had co-headed the unit with ICM veteran Steve Wohl.

Wohl is exiting the agency where he had been since 1987. The change represents a shift toward a team-based approach in running the unit.

Lipstone will spearhead ICM's efforts in scripted and reality television packaging and adaptation of foreign formats, new media and book properties for television.

Scripted foreign formats are all the rage at the broadcast nets this year, with ICM scoring five pilots, including Jerry Bruckheimer's "Eleventh Hour" and Mitch Hurwitz's "Sit Down, Shut Up."

ICM's international television and media division has been beefing up its ranks, recently adding Steven Grossman and Dana-Lee Schuman to bring the number of agents on its team to eight.

The unit handles such companies as BBC Worldwide Prods., LMNO and Granada America.

On Wednesday, it wasn't clear where Wohl was headed, but speculation was he might be bound for Paradigm. CAA also was said to be a possible destination.

Also unclear is if Wohl's clients, including Ken Mok and Rocket Science, would follow him. (partialdiff)