Hitched, Hatched, Hired

 David Khinda

ENGAGEMENTS: Drew Barrymore-Will Kopelman: Drew Barrymore became engaged to art consultant Will Kopelman in Sun Valley, Idaho, during a 10-day holiday vacation. The two have been dating for nearly a year.

Rani Raad, senior vp at Turner International, and Reme Al-Saiegh, director of CNN International ad sales, became engaged Dec. 29 in New York. The surprise evening proposal happened in Central Park via flash mob as 100 strangers sang Bruno Mars' "Marry You," which was recast as "Reme, Marry You." The London-based couple plan to wed in Lebanon in late summer or early fall.

WEDDINGS

Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau (Boardwalk Empire, Too Big to Fail) wed marketing specialist Tracy Fleischman Dec. 18 in L.A. The couple exchanged vows in front of 150 guests at downtown's Vibiana in a traditional Jewish ceremony. The newly­weds honeymooned in Indonesia.

The Good Wife star Alan Cumming wed longtime partner Grant Shaffer Jan. 7 at New York's Soho Grand Hotel. It was the fifth anniversary of the couple's civil union in London.

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott married Love and Theft drummer Chris Tyrrell Jan. 7 in upstate New York.

BIRTHS

Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Jan. 7 in New York.

Felicity alum Keri Russell and husband Shane Deary welcomed daughter Willa Lou Deary on Dec. 27 in New York. The couple have a 4-year-old son, River.

CONGRATS

Yahoo tapped Scott Thompson as CEO on Jan. 4.

UTA promoted television literary agent David Park to partner Jan. 5.

Discovery Communications named Andrew Warren senior executive vp and CFO on Jan. 9.

Dave Beanes on Jan. 9 was appointed executive vp and GM of Universal Operations Group.

NBCUniversal appointed Adam Stotsky GM of G4 on Jan. 5.

A&E Network named Drew Tappon as vp nonfiction and alternative programming, Brad Holcman senior director nonfiction and alternative programming and Nicole Reed director of nonfiction and alternative programming Jan. 5.

FremantleMedia promoted Rob Clark to the newly created position of director of global entertainment development Jan. 9 and officially named Trish Kinane president of worldwide entertainment.

Ovation named Brad Samuels executive vp distribution and promoted Chad Gutstein to COO on Jan. 9.

TLC promoted Mariana Flynn to vp West Coast development and appointed Amy Savitsky vp East Coast development Jan. 9.

Syfy named Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Wayne Sampson and Colin Whelan alternative programming vps and Tori Socha and Andrew Whitney directors of alternative programming Jan. 9.

Jori Petersen was tapped as vp of ABC Family Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group, on Jan. 9.

DEATHS

Photographer Eve Arnold, renowned for her bold and diverse images of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and of the nonfamous found in locations from a South African shantytown to a Havana brothel, died Jan. 4 in London. Arnold, a photographer on 40 movie sets, was 99.

Frederica Sagor Maas, a pioneering female screenwriter who scored her first big success with The Plastic Age, a smash hit for "It" girl Clara Bow in 1925, died Jan. 5 in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa, Calif. She was 111.

Richard Alf, a bookstore owner and a co-founder of San Diego's Comic-Con convention, died Jan. 4 of pancreatic cancer. He was 59.

BIRTHDAYS

  • Jan. 12: Christiane Amanpour, Heff Bezos, John Lasseter, Howard Stern
  • Jan. 13: Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Shonde Rhimes
  • Jan. 14: Jason Bateman, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Soderbergh
  • Jan. 15: Regina King
  • Jan. 16: John Carpenter, Atticus Ross, Jeff Skoll
  • Jan. 17: Jim Carrey, D.J. Caruso, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Harvey, Betty White
  • Jan. 18: Jason Segel

 

 
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