The Transition begins for ICS’s actors

24 May, 2013 by Don Groves

At least two actors formerly represented by International Casting Services (ICS), the talent agency that is closing down after 52 years, have signed with other agents.

It’s expected that a number of other actors on ICS’s books will cross to Lisa Mann Creative Management (LMCM), a process which will play out over the next week.


Melina McKenna, a senior agent at ICS, is joining LMCM on June 4. The decision to close ICS was sparked by the retirement of veteran agent Pauline Lee, IF believes.

Lisa Mann told IF that the question of which ICS actors would transfer to her agency is still in discussion. She said, “When Melina was offered senior agent position here at LMCM we had no way of knowing that ICS’s doors were about to close, so the shock was as great to us as it was to her, the industry at large and to all of those wonderful actors and creative clients.

“I understand however that a number of ADA member agencies, including LMCM, have made contact with ICS in an effort to secure meetings with a number of their former clients.”

That’s right. Abe Forsythe has signed with United Management and John Batchelor has moved to RGM. Forsythe’s TV credits include playing John Cornell in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and roles in Laid and Rescue Special Ops. Batchelor has appeared in Red Dog and TV’s Devil's Dust, Home and Away, Underbelly and Sea Patrol.

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