Kagan will run spearhead ICM’s unscripted and international television operations, including reality TV packaging, format adaptations and new media. He’ll work closely with the scripted department and the talent department in developing unscripted opportunities for clients.
Kagan’s promotion fills the void to be left soon by the departure of Greg Lipstone, who was named CEO of All3Media America, a longtime ICM client. There have been rumblings of other shuffling in ICM’s TV ranks in recent weeks. Kagan’s promotion comes as another longtime partner, Kevin Crotty, has taken the reins of overseeing scripted packaging. Both work under the direction of Ted Chervin, who remains the big-picture leader of all TV operations.
Kagan has been with ICM since 2003, starting out in the mailroom before the current management regime came into the picture with the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann acquisition in 2006. He was upped to partner in 2013, after ICM’s reorganization into a partner-owned entity. He is ICM’s youngest partner, and today’s promotion coincides with his 34th birthday.
“Michael was identified early in his career as a future leader of the agency. His passion for his clients and for television is infectious and his demonstrated commitment to growing this area of our business makes him the ideal candidate to lead our international television and media department,” ICM Partners’ board said in a statement.
Kagan has been active in dealmaking on behalf of such clients as “American’s Next Top Model’s” 10×10, Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment, Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and All3Media America. He also reps writers and showrunners.