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ICM Partners Close To A Deal With WGA, Second Big 4 Agency To Sign Would Spell End Of Packaging

ICM Partners is finalizing an agreement with the WGA, sources tell Deadline. The pact, which would join a similar deal the guild reached with UTA last month, paves the way to eliminating the practice of packaging by 2022, which had been contingent on two of the so called “Big 4” agencies, CAA, WME, UTA and ICM, reaching agreements with the WGA.

Noone would comment but, according to sources, the terms in ICM’s deal are in the ballpark of the ones negotiated by UTA, which included 20% ownership in an adulate production entity and requirement of client consent for contract information sharing with the guild.

While rumors of talks between the WGA and WME continue, ICM Partners has been in a more advantageous position than its counterparts for a deal because it does not have an affiliated production company and also is not a party to the lawsuits against the guild launched by the other three major agencies late last spring.

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