Entertainment ICM Hires Crisis PR Expert Ahead of LA Times Exposé of Workplace Culture (Exclusive)
Helen Mirren to Star as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Biopic
Helen Mirren will star in a new biopic called "Golda" as Israel's legendary and only female Prime Minister, Golda Meir. Guy Nattiv, an Israeli director and Oscar winner for the short film "Skin," will direct the film from a screenplay by "Florence Foster Jenkins" writer Nicholas Martin, who will also produce alongside Michael Kuhn. "Golda" focuses on the intensely dramatic and high-stake responsibilities and decisions that Meir – also known as the "Iron Lady of Israel" – faced during the Yom Kippur War.
ICM Partners has hired Rubenstein Public Relations' head of crisis PR Chris Giglio ahead of an expected Los Angeles Times report about the Hollywood talent agency's workplace culture, according to an individual with knowledge of the agency.
According to the insider, the Times is preparing to publish an investigative story based on interviews with several dozen past and present ICM employees, including former assistants, agents and executives, detailing accusations of abusive behavior by top agents.
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Giglio, as well as reps for the Times and ICM, did not respond to requests for comment.
Giglio, the former president of HL Strategic Solutions who joined Rubenstein last November to lead the company's crisis management business, has handled giant misconduct cases in the past, including Les Moonves' fallout when the former CBS chairman was accused of sexual harassment (and subsequently exited the company). Earlier this year, EGOT-winning film and theater producer Scott Rudin also hired Rubenstein following accusations of abusive and violent behavior toward his staff.
According to the agency insider, multiple assistants have told L.A. Times reporters that the agency's human resources department either ignored or improperly handled complaints about bad behavior — which led to compensation packages and nondisclosure agreements.
Hank Azaria Apologizes For Voicing Apu On ‘The Simpsons’, Calls For More Authentic Representation In Animation
On Monday’s episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria apologized for participating in “structural racism,” via his longtime portrayal of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. While the Emmy winner continues to voice other parts on the Fox comedy, including Moe Szyslak, and gave voice to Apu from his first appearance on the show in 1990, he announced in February of last year that he would no longer be playing the role. The decision emerged as part of a broad cultural shift in animation, as the industry came to the belief that characters of color should not be voiced by white actors, with other Simpsons roles also being recast.
The Times piece is also expected to touch on the agency's track record in diversity and inclusion under longtime CEO Chris Silbermann. Earlier this year,that it had hit its 2017 goal of 50-50 gender parity among staff and leadership roles by 2020. The agency has about 300 agents and executives and more than 500 employees, though it declined to provide a breakdown of its agent and executive ranks.
By the end of 2019, ICM reported that female employees outnumbered men company-wide, though it declined to provide figures. The agency also said 15 of its 23 departments are run or co-run by women — more than 65%.
‘Outer Banks’ Star Madelyn Cline Inks With ICM Partners .
EXCLUSIVE: Madelyn Cline, known for her breakout role in the hit Netflix series Outer Banks, has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas. South Carolina-born Cline stars as Sarah Cameron in Outer Banks, which quickly became of the most popular shows on Netflix following its premiere last year, staying on the streamer’s daily Top 10 list for a month and a half following its release.