EXCLUSIVE: Talent and literary agency ICM Partners, and theatrical publishing and licensing company Samuel French Inc. have formed a new strategic partnership to co-represent ICM’s foreign stage rights in all languages worldwide. To head up the move, 19-year veteran agent Buddy Thomas will move from ICM to the new position of Director of International Licensing at Samuel French. Thomas previously represented ICM’s international catalogue of writers, artists and premiere estates. The deal includes the works of such theater luminaries as Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Sam Shepard, and George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
“ICM Partners is excited to enter this partnership with Samuel French,” said Patrick Herold, the head of theater at ICM. French, he added, “has a long and illustrious history, a vast library and perhaps unparalleled reach. With Buddy Thomas in his new position overseeing international licensing at Samuel French, our two companies will jointly represent a growing catalog of some of the most important and celebrated works in dramatic literature worldwide, led by an experienced and expert hand.”
The move, Herold says, will offer ICM clients a broader marketplace and an expanded team to license productions around the world. Samuel French’s President Nate Collins said that Thomas “brings tremendous experience and more importantly, the conscientiousness and positive attitude that we look for in our teammates and partners.”
Thomas, in addition to his work as a writers’ representative, is himself a produced playwright, notably of The Crumple Zone and Devil Boys From Beyond, both published by French.
“I look forward to continuing in this new relationship with ICM Partners and the many writers I have had the pleasure of representing through the years,” Thomas said.