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ICM Partners Recruits Cinetic's Bart Walker in Boost to Film Group

Walker, who joins with partner Christina Bazdekis, represents Sofia Coppola, Lisa Cholodenko, Jim Jarmusch and others.

Literary representatives Bart Walker and Christina Bazdekis of entertainment advisory company Cinetic Media are joining ICM Partners and will work out of the Century City-based agency's New York office.

Walker is joining the agency as a partner, boosting ICM's film group. He and Bazdekis are expected to begin working at ICM in the next week. Both reps previously had stints at the agency.

Together they represent Sofia Coppola, John Turturro, Lisa Cholodenko, Jim Jarmusch, Lee Daniels and Julian Schnabel, among others. 

Walker has been a principal and partner at Cinetic with founder John Sloss; he also co-founded Producers Distribution Agency in 2010. The company handles theatrical distribution of films. Walker had a stint at ICM in the 1980s and another from 1991 until 2004, when he departed for CAA. He joined Cinetic in 2007.  

Bazdekis has served as a manager at Cinetic. She previously worked at ICM from 1996 until 2004, when she departed for CAA. She joined Cinetic in 2007.

"Bart and Christina are known for their ability to identify and cultivate the careers of artists and their expertise in the financing and packaging of films," the agency's partners said in a joint statement. "They are fantastic additions not only to our motion picture department but also to our New York office, which is gaining a foothold as one of the leading agency outposts on the East Coast.”

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