ICM Hires Crisis PR Expert Ahead of LA Times Exposé of Workplace Culture (Exclusive)

Umberto Gonzalez
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Rubenstein’s Chris Giglio has been brought on board at a critical moment ICM Partners has hired Rubenstein Public Relations’ head of crisis PR Chris Giglio ahead of an expected Los Angeles Times report about the Hollywood talent agency’s workplace culture, according to an individual with knowledge of the agency. According to the insider, the Times is preparing to publish an investigative story based on interviews with several dozen past and present ICM employees, including former assistants, agents and executives, detailing accusations of abusive behavior by top agents. Giglio, as well as reps for the Times and ICM, did not respond to requests for comment. Giglio, the former president of HL Strategic Solutions who joined Rubenstein last November to lead the company’s crisis management business, has handled giant misconduct cases in the past, including Les Moonves’ fallout when the former CBS chairman was accused of sexual harassment (and subsequently exited the company). Earlier this year, EGOT-winning film and theater producer Scott Rudin also hired Rubenstein following accusations of abusive and violent behavior toward his staff. According to the agency insider, multiple assistants have told L.A. Times reporters that the agency’s human resources department either ignored or improperly handled complaints about bad...

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