Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.

BABY: Elizabeth Banks, who co-stars on 30 Rock, and husband Max Handelman announced the birth of their son, Felix, born March 30 via gestational surrogate.

Bones actress Emily Deschanel and husband David Hornsby are expecting their first child. 

CONGRATS

Don Buckley was tapped as senior vp digital services at Showtime on April 4.

Lorrie Bartlett, Dar Rollins and Adam Schweitzer were made co-heads of talent at ICM on March 31.

Miramax appointed Joe Patrick senior vp, head of domestic television and digital sales March 28.

Tony To was named executive vp production at Walt Disney Studios on March 29.

Patricia Laucella was upped to executive vp legal affairs at Summit on March 30.

Jessica Rodriguez was tapped March 31 as senior vp at Univision Cable Networks.

CBS appointed Scott Koondel senior vp corporate licensing and distribution March 30.

Bravo Media tapped David Kaplan as vp ad sales research March 28.

Christa Zofcin was made executive vp business and legal affairs at River Road on March 28.

Comedy Central hired Walter Levitt as executive vp marketing March 29.

Julie Henderson was upped to senior vp corporate affairs and  communications at News Corp. on March 29.

FilmNation made Karen Lunder executive vp production March 29.

DEATHS

Farley Granger, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and Rope, died March 27 of natural causes in New York. He was 85.

James Roberts, a 35-year Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive, died March 28 of emphysema in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. He was 87.

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