Grossman had been with ICM for more than 20 years, though her tenure was broken up by a stint in the 1990s as a casting exec at TNT. She’s also president emeritus of Women in Film and chair of the org’s Crystal + Lucy Awards.
At Paradigm, she’ll work with talent department chief Andrew Ruf. Grossman has repped a slew of TV stars over the course of her career, including Jon Hamm, Mandy Patinkin and Ed O’Neill. There’s no word yet on whether any existing clients will follow her to Paradigm.
“As an agent with exquisite taste, deep relationships in the community and an impeccable reputation, Iris will continue to fortify our senior talent agent ranks while also serving as a mentor and role model for our outstanding young agents,” Ruf said.
Grossman added: “The
The Overture sister company has picked up all rights in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand to the Tribeca Film Festival breakout from writer-director Raymond De Felitta.
Paradigm packaged and repped rights to the pic, which stars Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies and Emily Mortimer in a dramedy about a family on the quiet island off the New York coast.
The movie centers on a repressed corrections officer (Garcia) who harbors acting dreams but who gets caught in a series of misunderstandings when he brings home his secret adult son from a previous marriage to live with his family. The film's centerpiece is a riff from Garcia in which he auditions for a role in a Martin Scorsese movie.
Drawing the tag of a New York "Little Miss Sunshine" from media at Tribeca, "Island" was a crowd-pleaser at the festival,
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- There's a new paradigm emerging at the Dubai International Film Festival -- and an American talent agency, aptly named Paradigm, is trying to play a key role in the development.
The Beverly Hills-based agency already vaunts a close relationship with the festival hierarchy and is using the fourth edition of the event to facilitate connections between American and Arab filmmakers -- and the moneymen on both sides of the world who can help get projects made.
The talent agency reps have been coming to Dubai for the past three years and originally discovered the Palestinian movie "Paradise Now" here, going on to represent the two key Mideast actors in that foreign-language Oscar-nominated film.
That Paradigm rather than the other Hollywood heavyweight talent agencies is front and center here may also be inspired by the fact that company president and CEO Sam Gores is of Israeli origin, speaks fluent Arabic and has often returned to the region.
This year Gores left it to his motion picture financing agents Norm Aladjem and Andrew Ruf to do the honors. They sponsored a lunch Wednesday in the main festival complex to bring together regional helmers and producers as well as a sprinkling of Arab-American filmmakers with projects or finished films in the various sections of the fest.
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