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Lacy to replace departing Sadoff at ICM

ICM has named Jessica Lacy to take over from the departing Hal Sadoff as head of the agency’s international and independent film department.

International Creative Management (ICM) has named Jessica Lacy to take over from the departing Hal Sadoff as head of the Hollywood agency’s international and independent film department.

The appointment came a day after news broke that finance expert Sadoff would be leaving ICM. Literary agent Lacy has been working in the department with Sadoff and agent Peter Trinh since 2007.

Sadoff confirmed the news of his departure to Screen in Berlin, where he is attending the European Film Market, but there was no word regarding his future plans. He will reportedly stay with the agency long enough to hand over current business to other agents.

ICM’s international and independent department structures financing, packages and secures distribution for independent projects. At Sundance it brokered distribution deals for films including Robot and Frank, Safety Not Guaranteed and Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.

Sadoff’s move comes a few months after top management, led by chairman Jeff Berg and president Chris Silbermann, agreed to buy ICM out from private equity company Rizvi Traverse Management.

Sadoff joined ICM seven years ago after a spell heading the Los Angeles office of financing and international sales operation Cobalt Media Group, which he co-founded. Before that he spent more than a decade with National Westminster Bank, heading the British bank’s Hollywood entertainment finance group.

Commenting on Lacy’s appointment, Silbermann said: “Jessica has grown tremendously in her role and she is the ideal choice to lead and build this division, as we look to deepen our relationships in the creative and financial sectors and bring the best opportunities to our clients.”

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