Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

DEATHS: Etta James, 1938-2012; Johnny Otis, 1921-2012: Etta James was just a kid in San Francisco when she got a call from famed bandleader Johnny Otis in 1955. He was sending a cab for her trio, Etta James and the Peaches, so they could audition for him. Soon, James was forging her mom's signature on a permission note and boarding Otis' tour bus with the Peaches for a recording session in Los Angeles. He wrote her first hit, the 1955 R&B chart-topper "The Wallflower" (aka "Roll With Me Henry"). James' feisty six-decade career included the lush 1961 ballad "At Last," a top-10 pop hit; Otis would write and record 1958's "Willie and the Hand Jive" and help popularize black music in California as a DJ on radio and TV. They died within three days and 50 miles of each other, Otis at age 90 on Jan. 17 and James at 73 on Jan. 20. – Mike Barnes

BABIES

The Help's Bryce Dallas Howard and her husband, actor Seth Gabel, welcomed daughter Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel on Jan. 19.

WME agent Alexis Garcia and wife Tracy welcomed son Ozi Marino Garcia on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles.

Boss star Kelsey Grammer and his wife, Kayte Walsh, are expecting twins. "I'm really looking forward to meeting these new arrivals," said the Golden Globe winner.

Vincent Scordino, director of acquisitions at Millennium Entertainment, and wife Stephanie Burton -- granddaughter of Samuel Goldwyn Jr. -- welcomed son Thomas James Scordino on Jan. 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He is Goldwyn's first great-grandchild.

CONGRATS

ReelzChannel appointed Roger Eman as COO on Jan. 18.

Dan Harrison was named executive vp scheduling at Fox Broadcasting on Jan. 19.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center hired Lesli Klainberg as managing director and Anne Chaisson as associate director of corporate sponsorships Jan. 19.

Lionsgate appointed Summit co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger as co-chairmen of its motion picture group Jan. 20 after Lionsgate acquired Summit.

Rob Reed was promoted to COO and CFO at AEG Facilities on Jan. 18.

Dan Limerick on Jan. 23 was upped to head of business affairs and Carlos Williams to senior vp at Warner Bros. TV, and Adam Glick was promoted to executive vp at Warner Horizon Television.

Alec Baldwin was named SAG Foundation Ambassador on Jan. 23.

BIRTHDAYS

  • Jan. 26: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Jan. 27: Frank Miller, producer Phil Rosenthal, Patton Oswalt, filmmaker Marc Forster
  • Jan. 28: Alan Alda, Frank Darabont, Elijah Wood
  • Jan. 29: Orpah Winfrey, Heather Graham
  • Jan. 30: Gene Hackman, Vanessa Redgrave, Steven Zaillian, Christian Bale
  • Jan. 31: Carol Channing, producer Oren Koules, Portia de Rossi, Kerry Washington, Justin Timberlake
  • Feb. 1: Michael C. Hall, Heather Morris

 

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