After a three-year stint at Paradigm, veteran talent agent Iris Grossman is leaving the company and segueing from agenting to management. Grossman, whose contract was up, is joining production/management company Echo Lake Entertainment as a talent manager. She starts Monday. A number of her longtime clients will stay with her in her new role, always a tricky transition as many actors already have managers. The list includes Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Frances Conroy and Craig Bierko.
Established in 1997 as an independent production/financing company by Doug Mankoff, Echo Lake is known primarily for its movie production portfolio, which includes Nebraska and Truth. Its first TV series, Syfy’s Van Helsing, is currently in production. The company launched a management division in 2006 led by Mike Marcus. It was film-focused at the beginning but a decision was made five years to diversify. The division has grown from one manager five years ago to 11 — seven lit and four talent — under Marcus today, and 60-40 TV vs. film business.
“My partners, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, and I are very happy with the state of the management company and were not looking for another manager,” Marcus said. “But I’ve known Iris over the years, and when the opportunity came, we all agreed that she was the right person at the right time.”
Before joining Paradigm, Grossman was a longtime talent agent at ICM and previously served as SVP Talent and Casting at TNT.