Cinetic Media principal Bart Walker has joined ICM Partners as a partner, bringing along clients Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch and John Turturro, the agency announced on Thursday.
Cinetic's Christina Bazdekis is also joining the agency.
Walker, who began his career at ICM and has also worked at CAA, is the first partner brought in since ICM turned into a partnership this May. The news comes less than a week after ICM Partners announced longtime Chairman and CEO Jeff Berg and talent agent Carol Bodie were leaving the company.
Walker and Bazdekis will work out of ICM Partners' New York office.
"Bringing Bart and Christina to the agency is an important step in growing our partnership and strengthening our motion picture department," the partners said in a statement. "Bart and Christina are known for their ability to identify and cultivate the careers of artists and their expertise in the financing and packaging of films. They are fantastic additions not only to our motion picture department but also to our New York office, which is gaining a foothold as one of the leading agency outposts on the east coast."
Among the other clients joining the agency are "Precious" director Lee Daniels, Mira Nair, Sally Potter, Thomas Vinterberg, Boaz Yakin and Julian Schnabel.
Walker worked as both a manager and a sales agent at Cinetic, helping John Sloss build out the New York-based shop. He and Bazdekis are the latest in a steady dose of changes at ICM Partners.
More to come...