Youthful infusion on the way to ICM

Agency hires Lorrie Bartlett and Chuck James

In a move to strengthen its motion picture talent department, ICM has hired Gersh agents Lorrie Bartlett and Chuck James.

The two will join ICM as senior agents Wednesday and report to Toni Howard, the agency's head of motion picture talent. Bartlett and James have long-standing relationships with Howard; James even started his career at ICM.

Bartlett and James bring with them such clients as Megan Fox, Djimon Hounsou, Zoe Saldana, Eliza Dushku, Elisha Cuthbert, Mena Suvari, Dennis Haysbert, Kelly Macdonald, Rodrigo Santoro, Jordana Spiro, Regina King and Omar Epps.

The additions are intended to bring vitality to the talent roster, which has thinned in the past couple of years with the defections of Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Craig Ferguson and Tyra Banks.

ICM recently acquired the Marsha Vlasic Organization, which brought to its music division such acts as the Strokes, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Moby, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, Regina Spektor and Van Morrison.

"We are doing a lot of expansion on the agency, especially our motion picture side," ICM president Chris Silbermann said. "It's not easy to find good agents out there. What I like about Lorrie and Chuck is that they are respected around town and they fit well with our culture. They have a list of clients that are on the cusp, a generation of talent who are in a growth spurt in their careers."

At Gersh, Bartlett was senior partner and James was a partner.