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Lash lifts ICM indies

Former IFC Films veep hired as agent in Gotham office

As it continues to expand its presence in the indie and international film worlds, ICM has hired Sarah Lash, former IFC Films veep of acquisitions and co-productions, as an agent in its New York office.

Lash begins her new assignment on May 1, reporting to Hal Sadoff, ICM’s head of independent and international film.

“A lot of independent films get made in New York, and a lot of independent financing comes out of the city, especially with all of the new private equity and hedge fund money available, so it’s important to have someone in this area in New York,” Sadoff told Daily Variety. ICM has been getting more heavily into the independent film financing and distribution biz with pics such as “Flyboys,” starring Jean Reno and produced by Dean Devlin; “Penelope,” starring Christina Ricci and produced by Reese Witherspoon; and “It’s a Boy Girl Thing,” starring Kevin Zegers and Samaire Armstrong and produced by Elton John and David Furnish.

At IFC Films, Lash played a key role in the acquisition of “Y tu mama tambien”; Susanne Bier’s “Brothers”; Jim Toback’s “When Will I Be Loved”; and docs “Metallica,” “Dust to Glory” and “Wordplay.” She also secured international sales partners for IFC productions, such as Celluloid Dreams for “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” Pathe for “American Gun” and Renaissance for “The Baxter.”