ICM Partners announced Friday the promotions of seven executives in their Business and Legal affairs groups.
Alexandra Kopp was promoted to vice president, Business Affairs; Amanda Kowal and Olivia Trikilis were promoted to senior manager business affairs posts.
Nada Bariche, Christine Krikorian and Amy Mellman were promoted to business affairs executives, and Hope Driskill joins the legal affairs team as an attorney who also will handle business and corporate affairs duties.
All but Mellman, who is based in New York, will work from ICM’s Los Angeles headquarters.
The promotions and expansion of the Business and Legal Affairs groups reflect ICM’s growth in all sectors of the business. Each of the newly promoted executives will work across multiple disciplines, rather than the only one specific area as agency business affairs executives traditionally have done. This broadening of core areas of competency reflects trends in the business requiring talent representatives to be fluent in multi-hyphenate disciplines.
Kowal will expand her responsibilities in motion picture production to include television production as well, and Trikilis will support not only the television packaging department but also continue to assist the unscripted and talent departments. Mellman will support her New York colleagues senior vice president, Business Affairs Maarten Kooij (to whom she will report) and senior theatre business affairs executive Steven David in theatre, talent and literary, while Bariche and Krikorian will bolster the business affairs teams in Los Angeles in television packaging, unscripted television, branded entertainment, media rights and talent.
Driskill, who trained under ICM’s associate general counsel, Joe Trofino, will continue to report to him on corporate related matters, as well as support the Concerts Department in business affairs. Kopp will expand her current business affairs work in Concerts, Digital and high-level talent deals in Branding to include talent deals in Motion Pictures as well.
“Alexandra’s business acumen, deal-making skills, and strategic vision have been instrumental in supporting the success of our Global Branded Entertainment, Digital and Concerts business lines,” said Rick Levy, a founding partner and ICM Partners’ general counsel. “She is a consummate professional who is always one step ahead on how new business models can work to enhance our clients’ business and we are pleased to expand her purview with this promotion.”
Kopp joined ICM Partners in August 2014 as an attorney in Business and Legal Affairs and was named senior director in July 2016, overseeing Business Affairs for both Concerts, Digital and Global Branded Entertainment.
“All of these talented women have proven themselves to be exactly the type of top caliber legal and business affairs executives we have long been fortunate to count as colleagues in these departments, and we are pleased to recognize their contributions with these promotions,” said Levy.
Bariche joined the agency in 2016 as an assistant to Robyn Goldman, senior vice president of TV Business Affairs to whom she will continue to report.
Driskill joined ICM Partners in September 2017 as a legal affairs assistant after interning for the Business and Legal Affairs departments during law school.
Kowal joined ICM Partners in July of 2015 as an assistant to Tybalt Whitney, then head of Television Business Affairs. She was promoted to a business affairs executive in 2016 reporting to vice president, Business Affairs Michael Runnels.
Krikorian joined ICM Partners in October 2017 as an assistant to Nicole Riley, Vice President of TV Business Affairs to whom she will continue to report.
Mellman joined ICM Partners in February 2016 as an assistant to Steven David and Maarten Kooij, after interning for ICM business affairs executive Heather Bushong during law school.
Trikilis joined the Television Business Affairs department in February 2016 as an assistant to Nicole Riley, and later worked for Tybalt Whitney. She was promoted to a business affairs executive in 2017 reporting to Robyn Goldman and head of business affairs, scripted packaging Nicole Riley, to whom she will continue to report.