Archive for August 20th, 2008

ICM Settle Writers’ Case

20th August 2008

The L.A. Times reports that American talent agency International Creative Management Inc. has settled a 2002 lawsuit that was brought against them by over 150 television writers who claimed they were victims of age discrimination.

“The settlement agreement with ICM provides these talented television writers with a fair resolution to their claims,” said attorney Steve Sprenger, who is representing the writers. “However, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”

ICM declined to comment.

The agency and insurers agreed to put $4.5 million into a settlement fund against which eligible writers would be able to make claims. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the agency also agreed to establish an independent task force to examine its representation practices.

It also will participate in a job relief program — if one is sanctioned by the court — that would promote the work of older television writers who would be selected by a neutral panel of qualified experts based on the quality of their writing.