EXCLUSIVE… (UPDATED WITH FX RELEASE BELOW): I’ve learned that veteran ICM agent and partner Nicole Clemens is becoming a senior development executive at FX. She is joining as the network’s SVP Series Development beginning in August. A longtime head of ICM’s motion picture lit department, Clemens began in TV and one of her key clients is Kurt Sutter of the FX series’ Sons Of Anarchy, and she works on the film side with Emmy-nominated TV director Jason Winer, director Harald Zwart, Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood, and director Neil LaBute. Married to writer Vaun Wilmott, Clemens has said in interviews how she is particularly proud of transitioning clients from the small screen to the big screen and how TV now is cool without stigma. Internally at the agency, Clemens was an early supporter of Chris Silbermann in the behind-the-scenes battling for control at ICM and was instrumental in helping him get the film side on board the recent management buyout. In addition, Clemens over the years has worked closely with the Writers Guild and taken a stand to get film scripters better treatment regarding unpaid rewrites, bake-offs, and other tools of torture put in practice by the studios.
UPDATE: Here’s the FX announcement:
LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2012 – Veteran literary agent Nicole Clemens is joining FX as the network’s Senior Vice President of Series Development, it was announced by FX Executive Vice President of Original Series Nick Grad, and Eric Schrier, Head of Series Development, FX and Executive Vice President, FX Productions.
Clemens comes to FX from ICM Partners where she was partner and head of the motion picture literary department. She will begin her new role at the network in August.
In a joint statement Grad and Schrier said, “We feel very fortunate that Nicole has decided to make FX her home for the next chapter in her professional journey. We can’t wait for Nicole to bring her excellent taste and expertise to FX as we continue to grow our original programming brand.”
At FX, Clemens will work with the existing team in developing new shows for the network as it continues to expand its slate of original programming. She will report to both Grad and Schrier.
“The last fifteen years I have spent as an agent in the ICM family have been incredibly meaningful to me, and it was important to me to have been part of the team that returned ownership to the agency,” said Clemens. “I will miss my colleagues and clients, but I know that this new transition to ICM Partners will ensure their continued success. I’m honored to be joining such a phenomenal team at FX who have been responsible for the most audacious programming which inspires me every week. It’s an added bonus that I will be able to continue to work closely with my longtime friend Kurt Sutter.”
Said the ICM partners in a joint statement, “Nicole has been an integral part of the agency for many years. We are fully supportive of her transition and look forward to continuing to work with her in her new post at FX.”
Clemens joined ICM in 1997 and founded the agency’s life rights department, and later served as a book-to-film/television agent. She then transitioned into the motion picture literary department, where she presides over an impressive list of clients. Her client roster includes writers and directors such as Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid), Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral), Jason Winer (Modern Family, 1600 Penn), Angela Robinson (True Blood), Jennifer Celotta (The Office), and Academy Award winner Ronald Harwood (The Pianist). ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion picture, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media, is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Prior to her tenure at ICM Partners, Clemens ran Rod Holcomb Productions at NBC/WB and was a television executive at Spelling Television.