EXCLUSIVE: Mike Jelline, head of ICM’s TV Talent department, is leaving the agency. Word is Jelline didn’t want to run the department anymore, and the two sides couldn’t decide on another role for him at the agency. Additionally, Jelline, who joined ICM in 1997 and has spent his entire career there, reportedly wanted to see what else is out there. Jelline, who is still under contract, is being released early. He is currently exploring his options and is expected to join another major agency. ICM’s TV Talent department is coming off its strongest season ever, booking 70 actors in pilots and representing more than 100 series regulars. “Mike has made considerable contributions to our television talent department,” Ted Chervin, ICM’s Head of Worldwide Television, said in a statement. “We appreciate his hard work and wish him the best.” Since the busiest period for TV talent agents, pilot casting season, just wrapped, ICM is not in a hurry to name a replacement.
Jelline had been a rising star at ICM, taking over the TV talent department in 2008 at age 33. His clients include Vanessa Williams, Jason O’Mara, Aaron Paul, Paul Wesley, Jeremy Sisto, Morena Baccarin, Ali Larter, Jordana Spiro, Oliver Hudson and Natalie Zea.