Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Inside the industry's celebrations and news.
BIRTHS: Miranda Bailey, an actress who appears in the upcoming film Answers to Nothing and is a producer at Ambush Entertainment, gave birth to a girl, Golden Rose Lebovich, on Oct. 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. It's her second child with her husband, graphic designer Lexy Lebovich. Golden joins her brother, Wilder Bailey Lebovich.
CAA's Ricardo Viramontes and wife Jenny Tang welcomed daughter Tavia on Sept. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Paula Askanas was promoted to executive vp communications at Sony Pictures Television on Oct. 11.
John Greco was promoted to vp production at Bunim/Murray and Cara Goldberg joined as executive in charge of production Oct. 12.
Lindsay Guetschow was tapped as senior director of marketing and strategic alliances at Participant Media on Oct. 13.
Brian Lakamp was named president of Clear Channel Digital on Oct. 13.
USA upped Alex Sepiol to senior vp original scripted series programming Oct. 11.
Freddy Rolon was promoted to vp programming and business initiatives at ESPN Deportes on Oct. 11.
Jon Slusser on Oct. 11 was named senior vp sports and multiplatform programming at Spike TV.
Ed Adler joined RLM Finsbury as partner Oct. 11.
Lisa Levenson joined Cineflix on Oct. 14 as executive vp programming.
Peleton Entertainment hired Daniel Pine as an agent Oct. 17.
Attorney Rick Ross joined Eisner, Kahan & Gorry on Oct. 17.
Pete Rugolo, a Grammy and Emmy winner who produced Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool, worked with Benny Goodman and Mel Torme and wrote several TV themes, died Oct. 16. The former musical director for Capitol Records was 95.
Freddie Gruber died Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. The jazz drummer, who played with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and taught such rock drummers as Neil Peart of Rush and Jim Keltner, was 84.
Costume designer Ray Aghayan died Oct. 11 in his Los Angeles home. The three-time Oscar nominee, the personal and professional partner of Bob Mackie, won the first costume design Emmy (for Alice Through the Looking Glass in 1967), designed for TV shows like The Judy Garland Show and dressed such Hollywood notables as Lucille Ball, Julie Andrews and Carol Channing. He was 83.
WALK OF FAME HONOREES: BeBe & CeCe Winans
In recognition of their contributions to music and philanthropy, Grammy-winning gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans are getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Detroit-born brother-sister team have sold more than 5 million albums worldwide, won 13 Grammy Awards between them and were the first gospel artists to top the Billboard 200 chart (with the album Heaven in 1988). Their latest, 2009's Still, was released on their own B&C Records label. Beyond the hits, which include 1991's "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There" (featuring Mavis Staples), BeBe Winans has co-starred in Broadway's The Color Purple, in which he played Harpo; served as a judge on BET's Sunday Best (the gospel version of American Idol); and hosts The BeBe Experience on Sirius XM Radio. CeCe Winans is active in her charity for young people, Sharing the Vision. Ceremony details 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in front of the Music Box Theatre at 6126 Hollywood Blvd. -- Shirley Halperin
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