Agent to join client Julia Roberts in producing films
ICM’s Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas will ankle the tenpercentery to head up production at Revolution Studios’ Gotham offices.
Goldsmith-Thomas will also produce films for Revolution in partnership with longtime client Julia Roberts and Deb Schindler, recently named head of Roberts’ Shoelace shingle. She assumes her new post on Oct. 15.
Goldsmith-Thomas had repped Roberts for 13 years along with ICM chairman and CEO Jeff Berg. Berg will continue to rep Roberts.
In addition to Roberts, Goldsmith-Thomas was the primary agent for Tim Robbins and co-repped such thesps as Jennifer Lopez, Darren Star, Rupert Everett, Matt Dillon and Ralph Macchio, among others. All of these clients will remain at ICM.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” Goldsmith-Thomas told Daily Variety, “and the natural next step. These are fantastic people. Being able to work with Joe Roth and Todd Garner and Rob Moore, and all the creative people Joe is assembling, is too good to pass up.”
Goldsmith-Thomas will look for material for Revolution to produce solo or in co-production with other companies. She will produce along with Revolutions’ Roth, Garner and Moore and/or with Roberts.
Goldsmith-Thomas had been senior veep of ICM, a position she held since 1991. Prior to that, she served as an agent at the William Morris Agency, where she began her career in 1985.
Roth said, “I have worked with Elaine over the past decade and found her to be a brilliant, passionate person with terrific taste who’ll make an invaluable addition to Revolution Studios. She’ll be a lightning rod for material and talent for us in New York and a great producing partner with Julia and Deb Schindler.”
Added Roberts: “Elaine and I have worked together for over 13 years. She’s a creative force whose story and marketing instincts have helped in the success of my films. This seemed like the natural next step for all of us. As both partner and friend, I can think of no one better qualified to join Joe and I at Revolution Studios.”
Jeff Berg said: “Elaine was an outstanding agent who advanced the idea of equal pay for women in our industry. While it’s a tremendous loss, we have great respect for her talent and look forward to expanding our relationship in her new role.”