National Geographic Channel’s director of development JC Mills (pictured) is leaving the U.S. cable network to become an agent, joining ICM Partners.
Mills will be based in the agency’s New York office and will begin working as an agent this week, joining the agency’s International Television and Media Department, led by Greg Lipstone.
“In the past few years, we’ve had the great pleasure of working with JC in his role as a development executive,” said Lipstone, a partner at ICM Partners. “As we know first-hand, he cultivates strong relationships within the community and expertly shepherds projects from ideas to fully formed television series.
“Those characteristics will ensure a quick and smooth transition to the agency business. His international experience and creative background will make him a valuable asset to our team as the department continues to expand.”
Mills added: “It’s a little-known fact that I began my career with the intention of becoming an agent. I’ve been on a long and rewarding journey that will undoubtedly benefit me in my new role at ICM Partners.”
At National Geographic Channel, Mills oversaw the development of pilots, specials and series and served as the primary liaison for European producers and international formats.
While at the network, he exec produced the upcoming series None of the Above and the special Cycling High: Doping to Win. He joined the network in 2011 from Zodiak Rights.
Mills’ hire is the latest move in ICM Partners’ International Television and Media Department. The agency recently named Lori York a partner and promoted Patrick Feldman and Ryan Wackerman in London and Los Angeles respectively.