Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

BABIES: Giancarlo Negovetti, director of national sales at Emmis Communications, and wife Regina, manager of sales promotions at NCC Media, welcomed their first child, Sofia Marie, on April 1 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. Sofia weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz.

Producer Eric Eisner (Hamlet 2) and his wife, alice + olivia clothing designer Stacey Bendet, welcomed their second child, a daughter, Scarlet Haven, born April 8. Scarlet, who joins 2-year-old sister Eloise Breckenridge, weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz.

Benicio del Toro and Kimberly Stewart (daughter of rocker Rod Stewart) are expecting a baby together, it was announced April 11. This will be the first child for the pair, who are not currently in a relationship.

CONGRATS

Stephen Friedman was promoted to president of MTV on April 6.

Relativity Media appointed Terry Curtin president of theatrical marketing April 6.

Roy Restivo was named vp programming research and sales strategy at NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution on April 5.

John Fox exited his vp of production position at 20th Century Fox to run production at Davis Entertainment it was announced Aprill 11.

AEG hired Jay Marciano, formerly Madison Square Garden Entertainment president, to lead European operations April 6.

BMI promoted Camellia Petty to vp product and application development April 11.

Enrique Gonzalez Macho was elected president of the Spanish Film Academy April 10.

The NHL tapped Emmy winner Ivan Gottesfeld as vp broadcasting April 8.

DEATHS

Bill Varney, who won back-to-back best sound Oscars for The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, died April 2 of congestive heart failure in Fairhope, Ala. The former president of the Cinema Audio Society was 77.

Gil Robbins, a member of folk band the Highwaymen, died April 5 of prostate cancer. The singer, whose son is actor-director Tim Robbins, was 80.

Gene Shefrin, a longtime publicist who represented Tony Bennett, Don Rickles, Guy Lombardo, Peter Falk and others, died April 6 in Encinitas, Calif., after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90.

Wayne Robson died at his home April 4. The actor appeared in many films and TV shows including the long-running Canadian sketch/sitcom hybrid The Red Green Show and the upcoming Servitude. He was 64.

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