Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

DEATHS: Leo Kirch, 1926-2011: The German mogul, who built one of the world's largest media empires -- and then lost it -- died July 14 in Munich at age 84. In a half-century, his business model remained largely unchanged: With ever-increasing amounts of debt, he bought ever-larger libraries of rights -- including Formula One and soccer's World Cup -- which he sold to European TV. Before KirchGroup collapsed in 2002 under billions of euros of debt, he was mentioned in the same breath as Rupert Murdoch, Silvio Berlusconi and Sumner Redstone. But unlike his mogul peers, Kirch shunned the spotlight, giving only two interviews in his life.

WEDDINGS

Matthew Wallerstein, a lawyer at Los Angeles entertainment law firm Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman, wed Tamra Kraus, a design associate at clothing label Velvet,
on July 15.

Jennifer Sprague, a senior publicist at Fox Broadcasting Co., wed Thinkfactory Media executive producer and director Adam Reed on July 9 in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

BABY

Jennifer Minezaki, senior manager of media relations at Radio Disney, and husband Don Washington welcomed a girl, Akemi Malia Washington, on July 11 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.

CONGRATS

NBC named Jennifer Nicholson Salke entertainment presidentJuly 14.

Elizabeth Cole was named executive producer of Dateline NBC on July 14.

Bloomberg said July 12 that Daniel Doctoroff will add CEO to his existing title of president, effective Aug. 1.

HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg exited the network July 17 after 33 years.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing promoted Jimmy Asci to vp communications and project management July 12.

Lisa Porter, former deputy political director at ABC News, joined the Lippin Group on July 13 as vp.

Oxygen Media's bicoastal production and development team tapped Teri Kennedy as vp current production and David Gross as vp development July 18.

The Weather Channel promoted Bob Walker to executive vp and GM of networks and content July 11.

Dawn Taubin, former head of marketing at Warner Bros., was named professor of PR and advertising at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts on July 12.

ICM promoted Tyler Kroos to agent in international television and media, Lauren Panuela to talent agent and Andrew Kurland to talent department coordinator July 15.

Fuel TV named Lorey Zlotnick senior vp marketing and on-air promotion July 18.

DEATHS

Songwriter and producer Jerry Ragovoy died July 13 of stroke complications. The "Piece of My Heart" and "Time Is on My Side" writer was 80.

Jack Werner, a war hero and the father of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner, died July 17 in Encino. He was 93.

BIRTHDAYS

  • July 20: Carlos Santana, Norman Jewison, Justin Bartha
  • July 22: Albert Brooks, Alan Menken
  • July 23: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Radcliffe
  • July 24: Gus Van Sant, Doug Liman, Kristin Chenoweth
  • July 25: Matt LeBlanc
  • July 26: Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren
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