After a 17-year absence, Hildy Gottlieb has returned to the motion picture talent department of ICM.
In her first 10-year tour of duty at ICM, Gottlieb repped the likes of Eddie Murphy, Keanu Reeves, Helen Mirren, Christopher Guest and Bill Paxton. She recalls putting Murphy into “48 Hrs.” and signing Reeves when he’d made one movie in Canada.
Gottlieb left agenting to work in production and to be a mother. She ran Alec Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures banner for several years, and then moved to Paramount with her husband, Walter Hill, to oversee development of projects for the writer-director.
“I’ve got one daughter in college and another applying, and I began to feel itchy, like I wanted to get back to doing something every day,” Gottlieb said. “I adored agenting, and discovering talent. It’s nice to come back.”
Gottlieb was courted by Toni Howard, who heads ICM’s motion picture talent department and who began at ICM just after Gottlieb left.
“I worked really hard to get her,” Howard said. “It’s all about having an eye for talent and the energy to put into building careers.”