Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDINGS: Ben Weiss, head of completed film sales within the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group, married interior designer Amy Gores (daughter of Paradigm chairman Sam Gores) on Sept. 24. The intimate ceremony for close family and friends was held at the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards. The couple, who have been together for six years, are honeymooning in Bora Bora.

BIRTHS

Jenna Fischer and her husband, screenwriter/director Lee Kirk, welcomed their first child, son Weston Lee, on Sept. 24.

CAA agent Ian White and his wife, Erika, a corporate attorney, welcomed son Brandon Joel on Aug. 16 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

CONGRATS

llumination Entertainment named Brooke Breton as senior production executive and Kit Giordano director of development and promoted Kristin Wong-Ward to creative executive on Sept. 27.

Relativity Media promoted Tucker Tooley to co-president and Robbie Brenner to president of production on Sept. 30.

Dave Pietrycha was named senior vp and CFO at NBC News on Oct. 3.

Steven Spielberg joined the board of the Jacob Burns Film Center on Oct. 3.

Rita Wilson was tapped as editor at large of Huff/Post 50. The baby boomer vertical of the news site launched Oct. 3.

Live Nation on Sept. 28 promoted Jodi Goodman to president of its Northern California operations.

DEATHS

David Zelag Goodman, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who teamed with Sam Peckinpah on the original Straw Dogs, died Sept. 26 in Oakland, Calif., after battling a brain disorder. He was 81.

Singer and record exec Sylvia Robinson died Sept. 29. She was the founder and CEO of hip-hop label Sugar Hill Records, which released the first national rap hit, the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," in 1979. The "mother of hip-hop" was 76.

Gaspar Henaine Perez, the Mexican comic known as Capulina, died Sept. 30 in Mexico City. The actor, who was featured in dozens of films and appeared in kids' TV shows, was 85.

BIRTHDAYS

Oct. 6: Jeremy Sisto, Elisabeth Shue

Oct. 7: Joy Behar, Simon Cowell, composer Marco Beltrami, director Ben Younger

Oct. 8: Chevy Chase, Edward Zwick, Matt Damon

Oct. 9: Brian Lamb, Guillermo del Toro, Sharon Osbourne

Oct. 10: Producer Mark Gordon

Oct. 11: Charles Shyer, Jane Krakowski, Stephen Moyer

Oct. 12: Hugh Jackman

 

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