Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Brigitte Sire

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

GERSH-FRANKLIN WEDDING: Gersh talent agent Steven Gersh married Christina Franklin on May 29 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in front of 250 friends and family. Franklin wore a strapless gown designed by Augusta Jones, and the evening was put together by event planner Carleen Cappelletti. "It was an amazing day to complete an incredible weekend," Gersh, who plans to honeymoon in August in Bora Bora after  Franklin takes the California bar exam, tells THR.

WEDDING

Stephen Bender, director of finance and producer at Silver Pictures, married Lyndsey Saul, an editor at Break Media, at the Charles D. Miller estate in Pasadena on May 29.

BABY

Dark Horse Entertainment senior vp Keith Goldberg and his wife Annastasia welcomed a baby girl, Finley Gray, at UCLA hospital on May 29.

CONGRATS

Lucia Cottone was named senior vp development and current programming at Sony Pictures TV on June 1.

Matthew Singerman was named senior vp programming at ReelzChannel on May 31.

Universal tapped Nicholas Carpou as co-president of distribution May 31.

Beth Roberts was tapped as COO of Universal Cable Productions and executive vp business affairs at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios on June 1. Additionally, Scott Schiller was upped to executive vp digital media sales, Jay Bockhaus was named executive vp strategy and operations, and Jared DiPalma was tapped as senior vp finance.

Former NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller joined NBC News as chief digital officer June 2.

Alloy Entertainment appointed Sarah DuBois Miller director of licensing June 2.

Sonya McNair was upped to senior vp communications at CBS News on June 6. Additionally, Kelli Raftery was made vp of the department.

Erin Cristall and Rachel Speiser were promoted to senior vp and vp, respectively, at Bunim/Murray Productions on June 1.

Leah Holzer joined The Weinstein Company as vp of production June 6.

USA Network on June 8 named Andrea Shochet vp business development.

Nils Larsen was named CEO of Tribune Broadcasting at Tribune Co. on May 31.

Syfy named Scott Vila vp current scripted programming June 1. Additionally Jeff Li was made vp Syfy ventures, a newly created role, May 31.

Music Choice upped Bob Ellis to senior director of affiliate relations June 2.

ION Media Networks promoted Nicole Campoli to director of direct response May 31.

Paulist Productions appointed Marybeth Sprows director of development June 1.

Brian Berg was tapped as senior vp and director of human resources at ZenithOptimedia on May 31.

DEATHS

Gunsmoke actor James Arness, 88, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on TV for 20 seasons, died June 3.

The Cosby Show actress Clarice Taylor, who played Bill Cosby's TV mother on the show, died May 30 of heart failure. Taylor, who also appeared on Sesame Street for 14 years, was 93.

Special effects artist and producer Harry Redmond Jr. died May 23 at his Hollywood Hills home. Redmond, who worked on King Kong and The Stranger, was 101.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, who penned the Golden Girls theme song  "Thank You for Being a Friend," died June 3 of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 59.

BIRTHDAYS

  • June 8: Joan Rivers, Julianna Margulies
  • June 9: Composer James Newton Howard, Aaron Sorkin, Natalie Portman
  • June 10: Producer/director Steven Fischer
  • June 11: Gene Wilder, Hugh Laurie
  • June 12: Mozilla Firefox creator Blake Ross
  • June 13: Joe Roth, Stellan Skarsgard
  • June 14: Publicist Kelly Bush, Donald Trump
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