Partner/Head of Independent and International Film, ICM Partners
Jessica Lacy is a partner and head of the international and independent film department at ICM Partners. She leads her department in structuring and arranging financing, packaging, and securing distribution for independent films. She has brokered distribution deals for many of the most acclaimed films of the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca and the Toronto International Film Festival.
In the past year, Lacy negotiated a record-breaking deal for Sian Heder’s CODA, with Apple acquiring worldwide rights in the highest sale in Sundance history, and she represented Regina King’s feature directorial debut ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI in a history making deal with Amazon, who acquired worldwide rights. Other sales highlights include Ryusuke Hamaguchi Cannes winner DRIVE MY CAR based on Haruki Murakami’s short story which marks Japan’s official entry for the Academy Awards, Ry Russo-Young’s docuseries NUCLEAR FAMILY to HBO, SXSW winning documentary WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA to Sony Pictures Classics, Spike Lee’s David Byrne’s AMERICAN UTOPIA to HBO, Charlie McDowell’s latest film WINDFALL to Netflix, WORTH, starring Michael Keaton, which sold to Netflix, Clint Bentley’s drama JOCKEY, which sold out of Sundance to Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Bay’s SONGBIRD to STX, and Cooper Raiff’s SHITHOUSE, which took top prize at the 2020 SXSW festival and sold to IFC.
Lacy seeks to champion of underrepresented voices in film, and sold Sam Feder’s DISCLOSURE, executive produced and starring Laverne Cox, to Netflix. She set up at HBO EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES, client Raoul Peck’s follow up to his award-winning documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, and she represents filmmaker Dawn Porter, who recently released two documentaries in 2020: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE and THE WAY I SEE IT.
A longtime supporter of female directors, Lacy has put together and sold films a strong roster of dynamic women including Regina King (ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI), Dawn Porter (JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, THE WAY I SEE IT, APPLE/UNTITLED OPRAH WINFREY MENTAL HEALTH SERIES), Sofia Coppola (ON THE ROCKS), Liz Garbus (LOST GIRLS), Sara Colangelo (WORTH), Karyn Kusama (DESTROYER, THE INVITATION), Nicole Riegel (HOLLER), Mona Fastvold (THE WORLD TO COME), Eleanor Coppola (LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE), Sian Heder (CODA), Maya Forbes (THE GOOD HOUSE), Nancy Buirski (A CRIME ON THE BAYOU), Karen Cinorre (MAYDAY), Sally Potter (THE ROADS NOT TAKEN), Kate McLean (FREELAND), Vicky Wight (THE LOST HUSBAND), Halina Reijn (INSTINCT), Dana Nachman (DEAR SANTA), Sarah Sherman (THUNDERBOLT IN MINE EYE), Margaret Munster Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld (CHASING CHILDHOOD), Natalie Morales (LANGUAGE LESSONS), Taylor Garron (AS OF YET), Sarah Adina Smith (THE DROP), Indian Menzel (DEFYING GRAVITY), Jennifer Fox (THE TALE), Sarah and Emily Kunstler (WHO WE ARE), Ry Russo-Young (NUCLEAR FAMILY) and Susan Lacy (JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS).
Throughout her career, Lacy has worked with iconic filmmakers like Spike Lee, Brian DePalma, Peter Weir, Jim Jarmusch, Barry Levinson, John Turturro, David Mamet and Woody Allen, and lauded independent artists such as Sean Baker, the Zellner brothers, Nash Edgerton, Charlie McDowell and the Duplass Brothers.
Lacy has been featured on a number of influential lists and reports including The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 and 2020 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue as one of Hollywood’s 100 most powerful women as well as Variety’s Power of Women LA Impact Report 2016 and The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Class of 2013 for their annual 35 of the top executives 35 and under. She is also a Women In Film Mentor.