Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

ENGAGEMENT: Emmy-winning producers Colleen Conway, vp reality and alternative programming at Lifetime Networks, and Sharp Entertainment's Jeff Grogan, co-executive producer on A&E's Intervention, became engaged Feb. 4. They met while working on the show.

BIRTHS

Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka, welcomed daughter Maple Sylvie Bateman on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Maple joins big sister Francesca Nora, 5.

Susie Romano, a marketing executive at Tennis Channel, and husband Randy Steinberg, principal at corporate communications and public-affairs firm The Valence Group, welcomed their second child, son Adam Joseph, on Feb. 7 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Emily Ziff, a producer at Cooper's Town Productions, and her husband, Nicholas Griffin, welcomed daughter Wren Rowley Ziff Griffin on Jan. 20 at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Kevin Berson, vp strategic partnerships at Technicolor, and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed son Jack Dylan Berson on Feb. 10 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center.

CONGRATS

ICM on Feb. 14 tapped Jessica Lacy to head its international and independent film department and promoted to agents the agent trainees Jeff Barry, Remington Franklin, Andrew Kurland and Eric Skinner (talent); Bryan Diperstein and Laura Haas (motion picture literary); Howie Tanenbaum (television literary); and Ann Murphy (motion picture production, below-the-line).

Showtime hired Shari Kaufman as vp talent relations and special events and upped Kate Meyer to vp awards and film festivals Feb. 14.

Women at NBCU, a content partner that connects brands to women, added Procter & Gamble's Julie Eddleman, Starbucks' Annie Young-Scrivner, Nielsen's Susan Whiting, The Weinstein Co.'s Sarah Greenberg Roberts, HSN's Mindy Grossman and JetBlue's Fiona Morrisson to its advisory board Feb. 14.

Janelle Rodriguez was promoted to vp programming at CNN/U.S on Feb. 15.

The Gurin Co. hired Javier Winnik as head of production and Ashleigh Di Tonto as manager of development Feb. 14.

Glenn Curtis was tapped as president and CFO of Starz on Feb. 15.

AMC Networks promoted Meg Bogdan and Madhu Goel Southworth to vp legal and business affairs and Aileen Brophy to vp legal, affiliate sales Feb. 16.

Laurie Luh was appointed vp human resources at Participant Media on Feb. 16.

DEATHS

Zina Bethune, a choreographer, dancer and actress who starred in Martin Scorsese's 1967 film Who's That Knocking at My Door, died Feb. 12 in a traffic accident after stopping to help a wounded animal in the road. Bethune, whose numerous TV credits include Guiding Light, Route 66, Emergency! and Party of Five, was 66.

Dory Previn, a songwriter who earned three Oscar nominations and wrote songs for such 1960s films as The Sterile Cuckoo and Valley of the Dolls, died Feb. 14 at her home in Southfield, Mass. She was 86.

Elyse Knox, a 1940s film actress and mother of NCIS star Mark Harmon, died Feb. 16 at her L.A. home. Knox, who was famously kidnapped and carried off by Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1942 horror classic The Mummy's Tomb, was 94.

Laurie Main, the Australia-born actor best known as the kindly host and narrator of Welcome to Pooh Corner, Disney Channel's first program, died Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. He was 89.

BIRTHDAYS

  • Feb. 23: Niecy Nash, Peter Fonda, Aziz Ansari, Emily Blunt
  • Feb. 24: Terry Semel, Edward James Olmos, Paula Zahn
  • Feb. 25: Tea Leoni, publicist John Murphy, Chelsea Handler, Rashida Jones, Tea Leono
  • Feb. 26: Dante Ferretti, Teresa Palmer
  • Feb. 27: Director James Wan, Josh Groban, Kate Mara
  • Feb. 28: Mike Figgis, John Tuturro
  • Feb. 29: Dennis Farina

 

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