Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Briana Lane

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WARREN-REESER BABY: Autumn Reeser, who appears on HBO's Entourage, and her husband, Jesse Warren, writer-director of The Bannen Way, welcomed their first child, a son, Finneus James Warren, at 10:53 a.m. May 10. "Our son is here!" the actress tweeted of the 6 lb., 11 oz. baby the next day. And the tweeting didn't stop there: An account was created for Finn. The first tweet read, "Here I am, world!"

BABIES

Jenna Fischer and her husband, screenwriter Lee Kirk, said May 13 that they are  expecting their first child.

Mike Myers and wife Kelly Tisdale said May 13 that they are expecting a child. It is the first for both.

WEDDING

Gersh agent Greg Pedicin married Ashley Evans on May 7 in Dana Point, Calif. They honeymooned in Hawaii.

CONGRATS

Time Warner on May 12 tapped Michael Benson as its chief creative officer of its Global Media Group and promoted Kristen O'Hara to chief marketing officer.

Bravo Media tapped Holly Tang as CFO on May 10.

Comcast on May 11 hired outgoing FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, whose term ends June 30, as senior vp government affairs at NBCUniversal. Also, Catherine Dunleavy was named executive vp and CFO at NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, and Cheryl Rosenbloom was upped to senior vp human resources.

Millennium Media appointed Keith Leopard vp business development May 10.

Alex Mahon was announced as the interim president of Shine International after Chris Grant's decision to step down May 10.

Nancy Valle was tapped as vp postproduction at Anchor Bay Films on May 10.

Kary McHoul was named president of Big Red 2 Entertainment on May 10.

Epix hired Douglas Lee as executive vp programming, acquisitions, strategy and enterprises May 12.

Debmar-Mercury on May 12 named Darren Doyle and Jim Kramer senior vps sales on the east and west coasts, respectively.

Rick Kaplan will return to ABC News as executive producer of This Week With Christiane Amanpour after leaving his post as executive producer of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Patricia Shevlin was tapped as his replacement for the new CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley, effective June 6.

Nolan Baynes was named director of marketing at Music Choice on May 11.

Fox Hispanic Media on May 11 promoted Juan Vallejo to vp sales and Eddie Espinal to account executive.

Joe Pichirallo has been named chair of the undergrad film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Mitch Elven was named CEO of the Movie and Theater Corp. on May 10.

HOSPITALIZED

Mary Tyler Moore said May 12 that she will undergo brain surgery to remove a meningioma, a benign tumor in the brain tissue.

DEATHS

Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show, died May 12 at her home in Brea, Calif. The singer, who also worked with Frank Sinatra, was 87.

TV industry veteran Jeff Gralnick died May 9 at his home in Connecticut. The NBC News consultant, who also worked at CBS, ABC and CNN, was 72.

Jail Bait and Glen or Glenda star Dolores Fuller died May 9 in Las Vegas. The cult-film actress, who once dated director Ed Wood, was 88.

Road Trip actress Mia Amber Davis died at 36 on May 11, a day after undergoing routine knee surgery in Los Angeles.

Former CNN chief Burt Reinhardt died May 10 in Georgia of complications after a series of strokes. Reinhardt, who helped create the 24-hour news cycle, was 91.

BIRTHDAYS

  • May 18: Composer Albert Hammond, Nancy Juvonen, Tina Fey
  • May 19: Nora Ephron, Jim Lehrer
  • May 20: Robert Morton, Cher
  • May 21: Sarah Ramos
  • May 22: Ginnifer Goodwin
  • May 23: Drew Carey
  • May 24: Bob Dylan, Kristin Scott-Thomas

 

 
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