Former chairman of ICM Jeff Berg, who left the company last fall after a protracted battle with other executives, will launch a new agency, Resolution, this week. Deadline reports the new agency has set up a Los Angeles office and will grow "to an anticipated staffing level of 35 agents plus support staff in LA, 25 agents in NYC, and 10 agents in Nashville" over the next six months. Among those set to join Resolution are book-to-film agents Rich Green, moving over after 9 years with CAA, and Shari Smiley, who operated her own outfit for the past year after 19 years with CAA. Resolution received more than $200 million in seed money from Najafi Cos., which owns Direct Brands (and in 2011, sought to buy Borders out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.)
From today's Publisher's Lunch email.