Licensing and publishing giant Samuel French has aligned with ICM Partners to jointly represent ICM’s foreign stage rights across the globe. The catalogue of writers includes Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, Sam Shepard, Kaufman and Hart, and more.
ICM’s Buddy Thomas will spearhead the partnership as Director of International Licensing at Samuel French. For 19 years, Thomas served as a theatrical agent at ICM, representing its international catalogue of writers, artists and premiere estates. Thomas is also the playwright of The Crumple Zone and Devil Boys from Beyond, both of which are licensed by Samuel French.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Samuel French family," Thomas said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing in this new relationship with ICM Partners and the many writers I have had the pleasure of representing through the years."
“ICM Partners is excited to enter this partnership with Samuel French," said Patrick Herold, the head of theatre at ICM Partners, in a statement. “Samuel French has a long and illustrious history, a vast library and perhaps unparalleled reach. With Buddy Thomas in his new position overseeing International Licensing at Samuel French, our two companies will jointly represent a growing catalog of some of the most important and celebrated works in dramatic literature worldwide, led by an experienced and expert hand. It is a remarkable opportunity for us to offer our clients both a broader marketplace and an expanded team, which I believe will result in new licenses and larger audiences.”