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ICM Partners forms alliance with Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents

June 18, 2013|By Dawn C. Chmielewski
  • ICM Partners forms an alliance with Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, whose clients include author Jeffrey Deaver.
ICM Partners forms an alliance with Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents,… (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles…)

ICM Partners has struck an alliance with New York-based Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, in a deal designed to strengthen the talent agency's presence in the publishing world.

Gelfman Schneider represents such authors as Jeffrey Deaver, the mystery writer whose books include "The Kill Room," novelist Tracy Chevalier, author of "The Last Runaway," and Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe. 

Under terms of the arrangement, the literary agency will operate under a new name, Gelfman/Schneider/ICM Partners, and ICM will seek film, television and theatrical adaptations for the authors' works. New York-based agents from ICM will co-sign authors and journalists to this new entity.

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The partnership is intended to position both agencies to grow in a period of tremendous change in the publishing world.

"Joining forces with an agency of ICM's international stature gives us the power to stay competitive and more efficient in a changing marketplace and provides continuity for us and our clients long into the future," Jane Gelfman and Deborah Schneider said in a joint statement.

ICM Partners already represents a range of writers, including authors of bestselling fiction and nonfiction books, as well as journalists who write for prominent newspapers and magazines. Its clients include New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; Walter Isaacson, author of the Steve Jobs biography; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose work informed the movie "Lincoln"; and novelist Toni Morrison, whose works include "Beloved." 

ICM Partners has successfully brokered the film and television rights to projects such as "Lincoln," "No Country for Old Men" and "Steve Jobs." A number of titles represented by Gelfman Schneider similarly have been adapted into film, TV and theater properties, including Deaver's "The Bone Collector" and Chevalier's "Girl With a Pearl Earring."

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