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Talent Agent Nathalie Didier Joins Paradigm

Talent agent Nathalie Didier is joining Paradigm Talent Agency. Didier, who is based out of Los Angeles, joins the agency from ICM Partners, where she spent the past decade working in the motion picture and television talent with clients that include Rupert Grint, Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline, Haunting of Hill House actress Kate Siegel […]

ICM Partners Signs Labor Activist Ai-jen Poo (Exclusive)

Labor activist Ai-jen Poo has signed with ICM Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The agency will represent Poo personally as well as the nonprofit she co-founded, the National Domestic Workers Alliance. As an individual client, Poo joins a roster that includes gun control advocate and retired congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Black Lives Matter […]

Jordan Firstman Signs With WME, IMG Models (Exclusive)

Writer, director and actor Jordan Firstman has signed with IMG Models and WME, having come to the Hollywood talent agency from rival ICM. WME will build Firstman’s business across film, TV and all ancillary revenue streams, while IMG Models will focus on his work in fashion, whether through strategic editorial opportunities or nabbing global fashion, […]

Marvin Josephson, Founder of ICM, Dies at 95

Marvin Josephson, who took a small personal management company with Captain Kangaroo as its client and through several acquisitions built the business into the powerhouse Hollywood talent agency ICM, died Tuesday in New York, it was announced. He was 95. In 1968, his Marvin Josephson Associates made a big move when it acquired Ashley Famous […]

CAA’s ICM Buy Suffers Deal Fatigue as Agents Defect While Feds Take Long Look

“Never leave a deal open” is a phrase agents know too well. The longer it stays open, the more it invites scrutiny, and the more chances there are for it to go sideways or south. The CAA acquisition of rival agency ICM Partners has now been open since September, when the mega agency first unveiled […]

ICM Agent Christina Bazdekis Exits to Join UTA (Exclusive)

Longtime representative Christina Bazdekis has joined UTA as an agent in the motion picture division. Bazdekis is making the move from ICM Partners, which acted as her home base since November 2012. Her boarding rival UTA comes at a time when ICM is facing agents jumping ship as the company’s acquisition by CAA drags on […]

CAA Acquires Full Ownership of CAA-GBG Global Brand Management Group

CAA is doubling down on licensing and brand marketing, acquiring full ownership of CAA-GBG Global Brand Management Group, and renaming it CAA Brand Management. The deal will give CAA a direct role in managing brand extension and licensing programs for CAA-GBG’s clients, which include Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Netflix, Playboy, and Formula One. Perry Wolfman and Noah […]

Talent Agent Phoebe Burnham Joins APA (Exclusive)

APA has hired talent agent Phoebe Burnham. The daughter of veteran Hollywood talent agent John Burnham began her career in 2015 working in the mailroom at ICM. Burnham was promoted to assistant, first for talent agent Andrew Rogers and then TV talent agent Craig Shapiro. She was then promoted to talent agent in 2019, before […]

Agencies Look to Cash in on Podcasts’ IP Gold Rush

As Hollywood fully buys into podcasting, multimillion-dollar deals are the norm for the crème de la crème of shows, while a growing audio advertising marketplace has allowed more podcasters to make a good living off their work as the industry is expected to exceed $2 billion in ad revenue next year. The major talent agencies […]

CAA to Relocate to New Century City Headquarters in 2026

In the wake of its planned ICM Partners purchase, CAA is looking to expand its headquarters. The agency announced Wednesday that it will relocate to a new Century City location in 2026, moving into JMB Realty’s 37-story, state-of the-art commercial tower across Constellation Boulevard from CAA’s current offices. Designed by Johnson Fain, the building will […]

CAA-ICM Merger Pushed to Q2 Amid Justice Dept. Scrutiny

The U.S. Department of Justice is scrutinizing CAA’s acquisition of ICM, digging into the major agencies’ proposed merger and its impact on the entertainment industry, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell The Hollywood Reporter. The acquisition, unveiled in September, initially planned to close by the end of 2021, but is now targeting Q2 2022, […]

Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel Says “No” to Buying UTA

Ari Emanuel says that, despite CAA’s blockbuster acquisition of ICM, Endeavor isn’t necessarily looking to join the buying spree in the space. Interviewed by Kara Swisher at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, the Endeavor CEO was asked directly whether he would pursue UTA in the wake of the CAA-ICM deal. “No, we don’t need […]