Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

ROBERT B. SHERMAN (1925-2012): The two-time Oscar-winning songwriter, who co-wrote such Disney classics as "It's a Small World (After All)," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee," died March 5 at 86. He and his brother, Richard, who survives him, were among the most successful songwriting teams in history, penning ditties for dozens of films including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Said Alan Menken, who followed in the Shermans' footsteps as a top Disney artist: "The Sherman brothers' legacy goes far beyond the craft of songwriting. There is a magic in their songs and in the films they breathed life into." Disney CEO Bob Iger called Sherman "one of the world's greatest songwriters and a true Disney legend."

BABY

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner welcomed son Samuel Garner Affleck on Feb. 27 in Santa Monica. He joins sisters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3.

CONGRATS

ABC News named James Goldston senior vp content and development and Tom Cibrowski senior executive producer of Good Morning America on March 1.

Susan Sprung was appointed associate national executive director for the Producers Guild of America on March 5.

Anjelica Cohn joined CAA on March 1 as a television agent.

NBCUniversal's integrated media unit named Hilary Smith senior vp communications and integrated media marketing Feb. 29 and promoted Bari Komitee to vp marketing and events, Lenore Moritz to vp communications for integrated media and iVillage and Craig Coleman to vp partnership marketing.

DreamWorks Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and Channing Dungey, senior vp drama development at ABC Entertainment, on March 4 received the 2012 Dream Keeper Award from the "I Have a Dream" Foundation -- Los Angeles.

Fox Searchlight chief Nancy Utley and producer Lauren Shuler Donner were named to the Lupus LA board March 1.

Sam Grossman joined CollegeHumor Media as senior vp development Feb. 29.

USA Network promoted Jesse Redniss to senior vp digital March 2.

The Verve agency on March 2 hired veteran lit agent Aaron Hart.

The Weather Channel Cos. tapped Chris Walters as COO on March 2.

DEATHS

Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created the look of several Star Wars worlds and such characters as Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3PO, died March 3 in Berkeley, Calif., of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 82. McQuarrie also worked on TV's Battlestar Galactica and such films as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He shared a visual effects Oscar for Cocoon in 1986.

Bruce Surtees, an Oscar-nominated cinematographer who worked on such films as Dirty Harry, Lenny, The Shootist and Beverly Hills Cop, died Feb. 23 in Carmel, Calif., of complications from diabetes. He was 74.

BIRTHDAYS

  • March 8: Juliette Binoche, Brittany Snow
  • March 9: Screenwriter Thomas Bezucha
  • March 10: Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Sharon Stone, Paul Haggis
  • March 11: Peter Berg, Johnny Knoxville, Terrence Howard, Jerry Zucker
  • March 12: Aaron Eckhart, director Rob Cohen, Liza Minelli
  • March 13: Dana Delany, William H. Macy
  • March 14: Quincy Jones, Jamie Bell, screenwriter Kevin Williamson, Billy Crystal
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