Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Courtesy of Studio Finch

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDING: Weeds writer and co-producer Brendan Kelly and Ann Tierney, a PR and communications manager, were married Feb. 11 in front of 135 guests at Assumption Catholic Church in Chicago. "It was the best day of our lives, no question" Kelly tells THR. "So maybe we didn't need to take pictures on the lakefront in 5-degree weather.  Maybe a hypothermic bride is not ideal. But I'm pretty sure our grandchildren will appreciate those shots in decades to come. And we're both Irish, so it gave us an excuse to get to the whiskey sooner." They plan to honeymoon in South America or Scandinavia in the fall.

New Inductees: TV Hall of Fame

Who would have ever thought a little cable show about seven strangers living together would have ever led to this? It's amazing," said The Real World and Road Rules co-creator Jonathan Murray of being inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, adding that his late Bunim/Murray co-founder and co-inductee Mary-Ellis Bunim would have been thrilled. Adds former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who also is being inducted: "Not sure it's appropriate, but I'm honored. And the best thing is that I'm not being honored posthumously." Joining the trio are Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre, Emmy-winning lighting designer Bill Klages, Sabado Gigante host Mario "Don Francisco" Kreutzberger and the late I Love Lucy co-stars William Frawley and Vivian Vance. The group will be feted March 1 during a ceremony hosted by Men's Jon Cryer at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

BABY

Uma Thurman is expecting her first child with financier Arpad Busson. She has a daughter and son with former husband Ethan Hawke.

CONGRATS

Adam Lewinson was promoted to senior vp programming and production at Fox Movie Channel and FX Movie Channel on Feb. 22.

Scott Barton was promoted to vp digital and on-demand programming at Starz Entertainment on Feb. 22.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia tapped Karen Schuchardt as senior vp digital media sales Feb. 27 and named Kerry Tucker senior vp partner marketing and Gael Towey as chief integration and creative director Feb. 23.

Karen Brodkin was promoted to executive vp business and legal affairs at Fox Sports Media Group on Feb. 24. 

KCRW's The Business, hosted by THR's Kim Masters, won a Gracie Award for outstanding entertainment/information talk show in the local, online and public radio category.

Women in Film announced four honorees for its Crystal + Lucy Awards: Viola Davis (excellence in film), Bonnie Hammer (excellence in television), Chloe Moretz (Max Mara "Face of the Future") and Christina Applegate (Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award). The ceremony will be June 12.

CNBC appointed Rick Beispel senior vp strategic client development Feb. 24.

DEATHS

Erland Josephson, a Swedish actor and longtime collaborator of Ingmar Bergman, died Feb. 25 in Stockholm. The star of Scenes From a Marriage and Fanny and Alexander was 88.

Jan Berenstain, co-writer and illustrator of the Berenstain Bears children's books that spawned a PBS TV series, died Feb. 24 after a stroke. She was 88.

Mike Melvoin, a pianist and composer who served as national president of the Recording Academy, died Feb. 22 of cancer at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. Melvoin, who worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and The Beach Boys, was 74.

Howard Kissel, a theater critic for nearly four decades, including a 20-year stint at the New York Daily News, died Feb. 24 at his home in Manhattan of complications from an April 2010 liver transplant. He was 69.

Guitarist Billy Strange, who arranged Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," died Feb. 22 in Nashville. The musician, who also played on records by Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys, was 81.

Bill DeCinces, who spent more than a half-century at Universal Studios -- starting as a ditch digger and eventually running operations at its famed backlot -- died Feb. 10 in Tarzana of Parkinson's complications. He was 84.

BIRTHDAYS

  • March 1: Ron Howard, Zach Snyder, Javier Bardem
  • March 2: Peter Guber, Daniel Craig, Bryce Dallas Howard
  • March 3: Jessica Biel, Julie Bowen, producer George Miller
  • March 4: Director Scott Hicks, Paul W.S. Anderson, Les Wiseman
  • March 5: Producer Scott Mosier, Eva Mendes
  • March 6: Rob Reiner, Connie Britton
  • March 7: Michael Eisner, Bryan Cranston, Rachel Weisz

 

 

 
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