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ICM Adds The Atlantic to its Roster

ICM, the agency that represents talent in a wide variety of fields, has signed The Atlantic as a new client. ICM already has a host of New York based clients, including The New York Times and more recently, New York magazine. reports that as with the other clients, ICM will be looking to turn The Atlantic’s articles into movies or TV shows.

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Robert Ludlum Ent. Takes Over Its Own Production Series With A Hollywood Insider

bensmith.jpgRobert Ludlum Entertainment got a little more Hollywood nabbing ICM agent Ben Smith to run the lucrative franchise that is set to exploit more than 25 additional Ludlum titles following the fourth entry into the Bourne series, according to Variety.

Smith, who handled the agent for the Ludlum estate, will be a necessary ingredient for the Ludlum team as it has been run by Jeffrey Weiner, Ludlum’s Long Island-based longtime accountant.

Weiner had been Ludlum’s accountant for 16 years before the author died and made him gatekeeper to the estate and the CEO of a holding company that manages movie productions, books and videogames from Ludlum titles.

Trade Round-Up: August 17, 2007

stewart_8116.jpeg“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” jumps into the serious news fray a bit with a report next week from Iraq-based correspondent Rob Riggle, reports THR. Though Riggle and crew had contact with a USO-Multi National Corps comedy sketch tour, the story says the team was primarily with troops under “military protection.”

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes about the end of agency-gate 2007 with veteran ICM agent Ed Limato taking his act – and his A-list Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Steve Martin – along with him to rival agency WMA.

It was a topsy turvy day for MGM/UA with the studio losing financing deal with Goldman Sachs for MGM while gaining a $500 million fund with Merrill Lynch for specialty label UA. Obviously the Variety story was good news for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner who co-own the UA label following a bitter split with Paramount Pictures last year.

Scarlett Johansson proves in THR that she’s the workhorse of the starlet set, signing on to star in three new movies including the big-screen version of the “Sex and the City” cultural phenom, “He’s Just Not Into You.”

REVIEWS: THR takes on “High School Musical 2″ (calling it a soon-to-be smash) while Variety says “Superbad” is actually verygood, dubbing it another “ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy” from Judd Apatow.


LAT in 90: Fast Foods, Fast Talkers


How About Fries and Two-picture Deal?

ICM and CAA dealmakers and flesh peddlers now convene at the Century City mall food court, at least until Craft opens.

Mo’ Bettah Burger
Junk foodies can enter Steve Lopez’s “guess the nutritional content of LA’s favorite foods” contest. Winner gets free lunch with Steve. Insert obvious joke here.

Hello, He Lied.

Clive Cussler fibbed about his sales numbers. He said 100 million, but the audit turned up less than half that number.

LAT in 90 Seconds

grey.jpgNo Gold For Brad: Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey lost his bid to be recognized by the Producers Guild of America as one of the producers of The Departed — even though he was instrumental in getting the picture made. Brad is unlikely to appeal the decision because that would seem unseemly. And Brad never gets tangled up in stuff that’s unseemly.

jumpship.jpgNothing Lasts Forever: A shake-up at ICM gives Endeavor a big boost in the way of 17-year veteran Robert Newman. TV literary head Matt Solo also left for Endeavor, the agency founded 12 years ago by Ari Emanuel. This is big news at the Grill. Around here, though, it just makes us really, really miss Entourage.

reelzloggo.gifGet Reelz: Former DirectTV pioneers want to create the movie-centric version of the Food Network, but ReelzChannel is proving to be a very, very expensive beast. We have a suggestion: Merge the two and call it the “Dinner and a Movie Network.” We don’t know how that will go over with potential investors, but that combination always got our suitors lucky.