ICM Signs Deal with Writers Guild in Next Major Agency Breakthrough

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Erik Hayden and Kim Masters on August 5, 2020.

As the Writers Guild of America aims to make gains with new franchise agreements amid its yearlong standoff with the major agencies, ICM Partners has signed a deal, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

“We are looking forward to getting back to work for our writer clients,” said ICM co-president Kevin Crotty. “The pandemic has caused tremendous hardship and every facet of our industry is greatly challenged because of it. It was time to bridge this gap and get back to helping our clients tell stories that entertain, enlighten, connect and comfort audiences everywhere.”

Century City-based ICM, led by CEO Chris Silbermann, employs more than 500 staffers, having recently laid off 40 support staff, and has additional offices in New York, London and Washington, D.C. In December, the agency took on its first private equity investor in recent years, selling a minority stake to New York-based Crestview Partners. …

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