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ICM names TV lit heads

Crotty, von Goetz to coordinate writers, producers

ICM has tapped Kevin Crotty and Chris von Goetz to head up TV lit for the tenpercentery.

As co-heads of the department, Crotty and von Goetz will play a key role in coordinating ICM’s roster of scribes and producers. Their promotion was announced Wednesday by ICM co-prexy Chris Silbermann and worldwide TV department co-head Ted Chervin; Crotty and von Goetz will report to Chervin.

Between the two of them, von Goetz and Crotty rep writers, producers and helmers from skeins such as “The Office,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Simpsons,” “Rescue Me,” “Criminal Minds” and “My Name is Earl.”

ICM had operated without a head of TV lit since the departure of Matt Solo, who ankled a few months after ICM acquired the now-defunct BWCS Agency. But Silbermann said this job differs from Solo’s.

“It didn’t exist at Broder and it didn’t really exist here,” he said. “We created it for these guys.”

Silbermann said Crotty and von Goetz rose to the leadership challenge and were “poised to maintain the status of our department as an industry leader.

“It’s about how you galvanize everybody and get the team working toward the end goal,” he said. “These guys just stepped up. In an agency environment, the cream does rise to the top.”

Silbermann said it was initially accidental that the two leaders came from two seperate sides of the ICM/BWCS merger. Crotty hailed from the old ICM, while von Goetz joined from BWCS.

“In retrospect, it makes a lot of sense,” Silbermann said. “I wish I could tell you that was the grand plan. But these are the guys who have the leadership qualities right now and are doing the job. Kevin here knew the lay of the land here, and Chris knew our guys so well.”

A former assistant to webhead-turned-producer Jamie Tarses, von Goetz jumped into agenting after beeing wooed by BWCS. He spent eight years at the agency, moving to ICM when it acquired BWCS last year.

Crotty has been at ICM since 1995, joining the tenpercentery from CBS. He began in the agency’s books division, negotiating film and TV rights. He later moved to the TV division.

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