Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Inside the industry's celebrations and news.
PETRIDIS-HAY-WEDDING: Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine presided over the July 31 wedding of filmmakers Elia Petridis and Maranatha Hay at the Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, Wash. Borgnine, who stars in the recently completed indie film The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez -- written and directed by Petridis -- was ordained online in preparation for the 70-person ceremony. "We honestly did not think he would marry us due to the fact that it was out of state and he's 94. Why would he travel?" says Petridis. "We asked him just to give it a shot and he was totally enthusiastic and happy to do it. We were very moved." Hay, a four-time Emmy winner for documentary filmmaking who now runs production company Tower Films, and Petridis became engaged last year after dating for three years.
Jason Insalaco, an executive producer at Clear Channel Radio, married Angie Rupert, a marketing exec and owner of Lucky Marketing Firm, on Aug. 21. The couple exchanged vows at the Catalina Verdugo Adobe in Glendale in a private ceremony. They plan to celebrate with a reception for family and friends at the Kansas home of Rupert's family in October. The newlyweds will honeymoon in Finland, Estonia and Sweden.
UTA agent Kevin Volchok and celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez are expecting their first child in early 2012. "Kevin and I are thrilled to have our first baby on the way! Boy or girl … we are waiting for the big day to find out," says Chavez.
Alicia Ramirez Wyld, senior vp field publicity at Paramount Pictures, and husband Simon Wyld, vp market research at BrainJuicer, welcomed twins Grace Antonia and Jack Flynn on Aug. 19 in Los Angeles.
Bumble Ward was named executive vp publicity at 20th Century Fox's domestic theatrical marketing department Aug. 29.
Jeb Brody was named president of production at Focus Features on Aug. 24.
New Regency on Sept. 1 tapped Brad Weston to run film production.
Relativity Media on Aug. 30 promoted Greg Forston to executive vp and general sales manager of theatrical distribution.
After nearly five years at FremantleMedia, the production company responsible for American Idol and The X Factor, Manfred Westphal will join APA this month in the newly created position of senior vp media. He'll oversee all marketing and communications strategies for the entertainment agency.
Veronica Smiley on Aug. 26 was promoted to vp national promotions, strategic partnerships and total experiences at Caesars Entertainment.
Attorney Robert Chapman joined Eisner Kahan & Gorry on Aug. 23 after 35 years at Greenberg Glusker.
David Pressman, an Emmy winner who directed the daytime drama One Life to Live for 28 years and Broadway shows including Roman Candle, died Aug. 29 of natural causes in New York. He was 97.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards, the last of the original Delta bluesmen, died Aug. 29 of congestive heart failure in Chicago. The singer-guitarist, who was in the house when Robert Johnson took his last drink of poisoned whiskey in 1938, was 96.
Patricia Hardy, who guest-starred on several TV shows during the 1950s and starred in the 1956 feature Don't Knock the Rock, died Aug. 20 of cancer in Brentwood. The actress, who was married to actor Richard Egan for 30 years, was 80.
Bernie Cohen, a former producer on ABC's World News Tonight and the network's primetime newsmagazine 20/20, died Aug. 27 in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He was 84.
- Sept. 7: Alex Kurtzman, Evan Rachel Wood
- Sept. 8: Kimberly Peirce, David Arquette, Lachlan Murdoch
- Sept. 9: Hugh Grant, Michelle Williams
- Sept. 10: Chris Columbus, Guy Ritchie, Colin Firth
- Sept. 11: Brian De Palma, Tony Gilroy, Taraji P. Henson
- Sept. 12: Hans Zimmer, Jason Statham, Jennifer Hudson
- Sept. 13: Frank Marshall, Tyler Perry