Hitched, Hatched, Hired
DePalma-Sherman Wedding: Danielle DePalma, senior vp digital marketing at Lionsgate, wed William Morris Endeavor TV agent David Sherman on Sept. 4. The nuptials were held outdoors at Rancho Chiquita in Malibu for 150 guests. DePalma, who was on THR's Next Gen List in 2010, donned a Melissa Sweet gown for the secular ceremony. The L.A.-based couple, who have been together more than eight years, honeymooned in Bora Bora.
Singer Neil Diamond is engaged to his manager, Katie McNeil. He announced the engagement via Twitter Sept. 7, saying: "Good news coming from sunny LA/and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well." McNeil executive produced the 2009 documentary Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC. This will be the third marriage for Diamond.
Victoria Harvie Carlin, senior vp at ID PR, and husband Christopher Carlin, senior director at global development consultancy Gardiner & Theobald, welcomed son Callum Harvie on Aug. 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Dallas Sonnier, partner at Caliber Media Co., and wife Shannon Sonnier, a publicist at ID PR, welcomed son Joseph Albert V on Sept. 5 at Cedars-Sinai.
Magnolia Pictures promoted Dori Begley to senior vp acquisitions and Matt Cowal to senior vp marketing and publicity Sept. 7.
Doug Finberg joined MGM as executive vp marketing Sept. 6.
Cristina Mancini was promoted to senior vp worldwide marketing at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution on Sept. 8.
Starz Digital Media upped Mara Winokur to senior vp digital media, business development and strategy and David Katz to vp digital media Sept. 7.
Rick Faigin joined Paradigm as the new head of marketing Sept. 7.
BMI promoted Stuart Rosen to senior vp and general counsel Sept. 6.
Jamie French was named vp communications at the Style Network on Sept. 6.
AMC appointed Ari Mark director of unscripted original programming Sept. 6.
Maya International Distribution on Sept. 7 promoted Elias Axume to president and Jack Campbell to vp.
Dana Archer was elevated to executive vp of DDA Public Relations on Sept. 12.
All My Children's Mary Fickett died Sept. 8 at her Virginia home. Fickett who won an Emmy in 1973 for her work on the show was 83.
Andy Whitfield, the former star of the Starz drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, died Sept. 11 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney. He was 39.
Donald Taffner Sr., an entertainment executive who was responsible for bringing Three's Company, Too Close for Comfort and The Benny Hill Show to American TV audiences, died Sept. 6. He was 80.
Experimental filmmaker George Kuchar died Sept. 6 of prostate cancer. His films, including Hold Me While I'm Naked and The Devil's Cleavage, are said to have inspired John Waters and Andy Warhol. He was 69.
HUMANITAS HONOREE: Gary David Goldberg, Family Ties creator, is set to receive the group's Kieser Award
Gary David Goldberg, 67, has advice for new writers crafting sitcom scenes: "What you want are those laughs of recognition where the audience sees something of themselves in that moment," he says.In acknowledgement of his ability to "promote a greater appreciation for each member of the human family," the creator of '80s juggernaut Family Ties is being honored with the Kieser Award, named after the late Rev. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser, at the 37th annual Humanitas Prize gala Sept. 16 at the Montage Beverly Hills. Kieser founded the Humanitas Prize in 1974 to recognize film and TV scribes whose stories study the human condition. Says Humanitas president John Wells, "Gary sets a wonderful example for a generation of writers: Not only does commercial television not have to be devoid of moral and ethical values, successful shows only become more successful with the inclusion of our common humanity." -- Noela Hueso