June 26, 2009 |
When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on CNN this week that he wouldn't seek the California Democratic gubernatorial nomination, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was attending a Bay Area event with First Ladies Michelle Obama and Maria Shriver. In less than an hour, Newsom -- the Dems' only declared candidate -- was in the car and working the phones, calling major Hollywood donors and activists who'd been waiting to see what the L.A. mayor would to do.
July 29, 2006 |
Industry watchers took note this month when talent agent Chris Silbermann showed up at investment banker Herbert Allen Jr.'s annual retreat for media and entertainment power players. Never before had an agent with boutique firm Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann, where the 38-year-old was then managing partner, been invited to the exclusive event in Sun Valley, Idaho. But suddenly, there Silbermann was, lunching by the duck pond with International Creative Management Inc. chief Jeff Berg.
May 23, 2012 |
Top agents at International Creative Management on Wednesday completed the buyout of the agency from longtime chairman and chief executive Jeff Berg and the private investment firm Rizvi Traverse Management -- ending the long-running management drama at one of Hollywood's leading talent agencies. Twenty-nine agents are now partners who will own and control the Century City-based talent agency, which has been renamed ICM Partners. Financial details were not disclosed.
March 5, 2013 |
Jeff Berg isn't the first veteran talent agent to start over. For one, his onetime arch nemesis, former Creative Artists Agency honcho Michael Ovitz, did it years ago. But at age 65, Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, is one of the first to launch a new agency in the current Hollywood landscape, which has been buffeted by shifting sands and an overall retrenchment in an economically challenged entertainment...
July 14, 2007 |
Longtime talent agent Ed Limato, whose clients include such stars as Denzel Washington and Mel Gibson, is on his way out of International Creative Management as part of a restructuring of the agency's ranks. Limato's lawyers were negotiating his departure on Friday in the wake of his demotion from co-president to agent in the agency's motion picture division. The agency has been undergoing major changes since the acquisition of literary agency Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann last year.
January 13, 2006 |
Marc Graboff was named Thursday as West Coast president of NBC Universal Television. The elevation of the veteran business affairs executive reinforces a trend among media companies to promote attorneys turned business executives ahead of creative executives as contract negotiations and deals become more complex. Other former attorneys in top executive posts include Bruce Rosenblum, Warner Bros. Television Group president; Mark Pedowitz, president of Walt Disney Co.'