After serving as the head of Tribune Publishing in Chicago, Justin Dearborn moved to Hollywood where he now serves at the chief operating officer at ICM Partners. While Justin Dearborn was at Tribune Publishing, he was a key player in the sale of the company’s flagship newspaper and the LA times to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Dr. Siong is a well-known billionaire.
Mr. Dearborn made the transition in February of 2019. He oversees the company’s day-to-day operations and reports to Chris Silbermann, managing director of the company. He is responsible for areas in finance, technology, acquisitions, and mergers.
According to Silbermann, Mr. Dearborn is an essential part of managing a clear path for significant internal growth. Mr. Silbermann also feels that Dearborn helps the company maintain close strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Mr. Dearborn succeeded the company’s President, Mr. Timothy Knight. David Dreier took over as chairman. He is a former United States congressman.
At ICM, he works with Cindy Ballard, who is also a former employee of Tribune Publishing. Ms. Ballard serves as head of human resources at ICM. Ms. Ballard also served as the chief executive officer at Merge Healthcare, which is a top technology provider.
Mr. Dearborn’s Background
Justin Dearborn has a bachelor of arts degree from Illinois State University and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University. He is a Certified Public Account in Illinois and is also a member of the Illinois Bar Association.
Mr. Dearborn served as the president and chief executive officer at Merge Healthcare, and he was also the chief executive officer at Merge DNA. He also worked at Merrick Ventures, LLC. During his time with this company, he was the managing director and general counsel for the company. Mr. Dearborn was also vice president of human resources and corporate legal affairs at Huron Technologies, Inc.
ICM is located in Century City and has an estimated 600 employee across the world, but most of its employees are residents of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. The firm also has locations in New York, London, and Washington D.C.
ICM chose Mr. Dearborn because of his proven track record in dealing with integrations, team-building, strategic planning, corporate development, integrations, and M&A. The company is adjusting to the rapidly developing market for film and television in Hollywood. The changes mean that agencies will need to become more diverse, and Mr. Dearborn has helped ICM prepare for these developments in the industry.
According to Mr. Dearborn, ICM is a company that is poised for profitability and sustainable growth with a strategy that puts the client first. At ICM, Mr. Dearborn and the team are dedicated to providing exceptional representation to content creators, artists, authors, journalists, and artisans.
Justin Dearborn continues to help the company maintain a high satisfaction rate. The agency has provided services to a number of well-known producers. It has helped with shows that include Grey’s Anatomy, Sons of Anarchy, Cheers, Sex and the City, Two and a Half Men, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more.