EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has named Doug MacLaren and Harley Copen to co-head the agency’s Motion Picture Literary department. They will oversee a department that has writer/filmmakers and producers including Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Tom Hooper, David Mamet, Stephen Frears, Vanessa Taylor, Lisa Cholodenko, Vince Gilligan, Thomas Vinterberg, Peter Weir, Joseph Cedar, Tim Robbins, Jack Paglen and Deepa Mehta. The move is the second major one today for ICM Partners, after Emile Gladstone announced he would be leaving to partner with longtime client Chris Morgan in his Chris Morgan Productions shingle.
MacLaren, who joined the agency in 1995, is taking a second tour of duty as he was co-head of the department from 2006-2009. It’s the first time for Copen, who began his career at Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann in 2001 and was named partner at the agency last year. Before MacLaren became an agent, he was an investment banker at Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia in Hong Kong.
In a joint statement, the partnership of ICM said: “Doug and Harley are respected agents in the film business and are ideal choices to continue to build and strengthen our motion picture literary business.”