Agent Eric Skinner Exits ICM

Former ICM Partners agent Eric Skinner has become the latest to join David Guillod’s literary management company which operates under the Intellectual Property Group’s banner, Backstage has confirmed. The two men worked together at UTA when Guillod headed Motion Picture Talent and was a partner there, according to Deadline. Skinner became an ICM agent eight months ago after coming through the firm’s agent-trainee program. Guillod’s division of Ipg, called Intellectual Artist Management, has been operational for about a year. He brought over manager Jeff Morrone, who became a partner, and former UTA agent Mike Carr, among others, when he launched the endeavor in October 2011. In addition to Morrone, Carr, Guillod, and Skinner, Iam’s eight-person staff includes managers Brad Pence, Mike Gillespie, and Brad Carlson.
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Dragons' Den: the worst inventions so far

From mysterious gardening implement The Thingy to edible greetings cards for dogs, entrepreneurs have suggested an endless stream of useless, comical products

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Dragons' Den returned to our screens last night for its eighth series. Despite the challenging economic times, the programme still seems able to draw from a bottomless pool of inventors, crackpots and entrepreneurs.

The format of the show doesn't seem to have changed since its launch in 2005 – Theo Paphitis gets to break something, Duncan Bannatyne gets to reveal some bizarre fact about his pre-business life (last night we learned that he spent his 20s as a beach bum in Jersey), Deborah Meaden all but breathes fire as she rebukes the specimens before her, James Caan purrs suggestively as he strokes his cash and Peter Jones manages to plug at least one of his success stories (he's the man behind the
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