Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDING: Colin Geddes-Katarina Gligorijevic: Colin Geddes, international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and festival director of ActionFest, wed Katarina Gligorijevic, festivals manager for Reel Canada, on Jan. 14 at the Dovercourt House in Toronto. The civil ceremony was conducted in front of 160 guests including TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey and TIFF Bell Lightbox artistic director Noah Cowan. The entrance music for the bridal party was from Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love, and Gligorijevic's theme was inspired by Twin Peaks. The newlyweds honeymooned in Cuba.

BABIES

Jim Hansen, director of operations at United Talent Agency, and his wife, Meghan, welcomed son Jude Christopher Hansen on Jan. 23 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Sherlock Holmes producer Susan Levin, welcomed a second son, Exton Elias Downey, on Feb. 7 in L.A.

CONGRATS

Sony Corp. promoted Kazuo Hirai to CEO and president. The former head of Sony's game unit takes his post April 1.

Leftfield Pictures hired Ed Simpson as head of business development Feb. 6.

Left/Right productions tapped Nina L. Diaz as senior vp current production, promoted Anneka Jones to senior vp development and hired Angie Day as vp development and current production Feb. 2.

Digital Domain named David Lipman vp features visual effects production Jan. 31.

Ronald K. Sittler joined Blank Rome's Los Angeles office as partner in the corporate litigation group Feb. 2.

A2E2 tapped Harish Seth as CFO and Mary Moore Kean as licensing director Feb. 1.

MPRM Communications promoted Leif Helland to director, Guido Gotz to account supervisor and Caitlin McGee to senior account executive Feb. 1.

Asia TV USA named Timothy Boell group head of distribution Feb. 2.

Legendary Entertainment upped Ty Warren to executive vp physical production Feb. 1.

Matt Brown was named executive vp worldwide commercial for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 31.

WWE appointed Eric Pankowski senior vp creative and development Feb. 1.

Bemis Balkind's digital team named Elisabeth Lucas creative director, digital, and Adele Martin senior project manager, digital, Feb. 6.

Bob Simone was named vp and general manager of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV on Feb. 6.

DEATHS

Bruce Howard, a TV writer who worked on Good Times, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, died of natural causes in Studio City on Jan. 30. Howard, who received an Emmy nomination for his work on 1951-71's The Red Skelton Hour, was 86.

Patricia Disney, the first wife of Roy Disney, the former vice chairman of the Walt Disney Co., died Feb. 3 of Alzheimer's disease. She was 77.

Ben Gazzara, the gritty actor who was a member of John Cassavetes' independent troupe after attaining TV fame for starring in the 1960s NBC series Run for Your Life, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 3 at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was 81. The actor, noted for his naturalistic performances, played in three Cassavetes films in a seven-year span in the 1970s: Husbands, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night. He also appeared in 1998's The Big Lebowski.

Zalman King, who directed and co-wrote 1990's Wild Orchid and produced 1986's 9-1/2 Weeks, died Feb. 3 of cancer in Los Angeles. King, also a direct0r, writer and producer on Showtime's 1990s drama Red Shoe Diaries, was 69.

BIRTHDAYS

  • Feb. 9: Charlie Day, Mia Farrow, Joe Pesci
  • Feb. 10: Laura Dern, Vince Gillivan, Elizabeth Banks, Alexander Payne
  • Feb. 11: Taylor Lautner, Jennifer Aniston
  • Feb. 12: Christina Ricci, Ben Sherwood, Darren Aranofsky, Josh Brolin
  • Feb. 13: Mena Suvari
  • Feb. 14: Simon Pegg, screenwriter Josh Senter, Steve Tisch
  • Feb. 15: Jane Seymour, Matt Groening
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