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Michael Gough: 1916-2011
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Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.

Michael Gough, 1916-2011: The British actor, best known for playing butler Alfred Pennyworth in the films Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, died March 17 after being sick for the past year. Michael Keaton paid tribute to his Batman and Batman Returns co-star in a statement to THR, writing: “To Mick — my butler, my confidant, my friend, my Alfred. I love you. God bless.” Gough was 94.

BABIES

CNN’s Kyra Phillips and Fox News’ John Roberts welcomed fraternal twins March 15. Daughter Sage Ann and son Kellan Clay each weighed 5 lbs., 15 oz.

CONGRATS

MTV Networks Entertainment Group made Tanya Giles executive vp of insights and research March 21. 

Nigel Clark on March 15 was upped to head of international marketing at Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Robert Kessel was named senior vp production at Matt Tolmach Productions on March 15.

Discovery Communications elevated Michelina Gauthier to senior vp talent business and legal affairs March 15.

Former FCC chairman Michael Powell has been tapped as president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

GK Films hired Larry Angrisani as senior vp worldwide marketing and publicity March 21.

Lionsgate named Julie Fontaine executive vp theatrical publicity March 17. She starts April 1.

Bob Bowen was made senior vp music at Relativity Media LLC March 18.

AETN promoted Alexandra MacDowell to vp production management for A&E, History and Lifetime networks on March 16.

Mette Walter was made staff producer for Gravity March 21.

Megan Galizia was promoted to talent manager at Insight Entertainment on March 18.

Break Media hired Greg Siegel as senior vp entertainment development March 16.

DEATHS

Rapper Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel D. Hale) died March 15 at his home in Long Beach, Calif., of complications from strokes in 2007 and 2008. He was 41.

George Faber, whose 50 years at CBS and Viacom is the company record, died March 11 in his sleep at his Los Angeles home. He was 89.

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ferlin Husky died March 17 of heart disease in Nashville. The “Wings of a Dove” and “Gone” singer, whom Elvis Presley once opened for, was 85.

BIRTHDAYS

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March 23: Producer David Permut, Michelle Monaghan, Screenwriter Jim Uhls, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John
March 26: Composer Alan Silvestri, Keira Knightley
March 27: Michael York, Quentin Tarantino
March 28: Director Mike Newell
March 29: Comedian and composer Eric Idle, Amy Sedaris