In (Keyvan) Peymani, ICM is bringing in an exec with the kind of Silicon Valley ties necessary to sink deeper roots in a region poised to play a crucial role in Hollywood’s future. While (George) Ruiz built up a talent roster of familiar names to the YouTube generation, mining that subculture likely did little to boost ICM’s overall business given the small paydays currently on digital platforms. (via Variety)
I have been around in Silicon Valley for years. I have an extensive rolodex and know a lot of people in Silicon Valley. So when a magazine like Variety writes stuff like “Silicon Valley Ties” I can’t help but ask the question – who the hell is this guy? I mean his LinkedIn profile shows he was a consultant and ran content acquisition for Netflix. (I guess he didn’t do that good a job) for he bounced to work for Nettwerk Music Group. And then for Walt Disney Records. Whatever!