Chuck Lorre is bringing aboard a new boss at Chuck Lorre Productions as the company adjusts to its newly expanded deal with Warner Bros. TV. Joining the company is Bob Broder — the agent who negotiated the Warner Bros. deal for Lorre — who is leaving ICM Partners, Deadline.com reports.
“Lorre is beefing up his banner into a full-fledged production company," the story reports. "Broder will play a key role in the expansion, assisting in managing all operations of the company as Lorre continues to develop, write and produce comedy series and venture out into feature films, as well as dramatic and potential longform TV projects and stage plays.”
The report adds: “Lorre said he approached Broder with the idea of quitting ‘being one of the most successful literary agents in the history of the business’ to help him run his company. ‘To my amazement, he said yes,’ Lorre said. ‘I was only kidding, but it’s a little too late to tell him that, so I’m just going to say how grateful I am to have such an incredibly wise, experienced and vaguely ruthless guy at the helm of this thing.’”
Broder’s client list at ICM includes a number of big moneymakers besides Lorre, such as director-producer Jim Burrows and “Modern Family” creator Christopher Lloyd, the story notes. “All of them will stay with ICM, while Broder also will continue to be involved in their careers,” the piece adds.
The story adds: “Broder’s institutional knowledge has made him indispensable in complex negotiations. He had a hand in most major deals for ICM TV clients, including Ellen DeGeneres’ mega pact with Warner Bros. Additionally, Broder has been involved in grooming next generations of agents, going back to the Broder Kurland Agency, which he co-founded in 1978.”