Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

Lieberman Baby: CAA's Josh Lieberman and wife Maryam Lieberman, former talent advertising director at THR, welcomed son Aaron Charles on March 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Says Josh Lieberman, "Mother and child are resting well; father is exhausted."

BABIES

Hilary Duff and hockey-player husband Mike Comrie welcomed a son, Luca Cruz Comrie, on March 20. Tweeted Duff: "We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world. He is surrounded by so much love!!"

Scott Sherr, executive vp marketing and distribution at Sony Pictures Releasing, and Jayne Polousky, manager of integrated marketing and synergy at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, welcomed twins Jacob Ian Sherr and Avery Katherine Sherr on March 5 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Anthony Storm, executive producer at A. Smith & Co. Productions, and wife Julia welcomed son Sidney Finn on March 17 in Los Angeles.

CONGRATS

Debbie Miller will join 20th Century Fox on April 23 as executive vp marketing, and Kevin Yoder was tapped as executive vp research and strategy March 19.

Emil Elmer joined Focus Features as senior vp international sales March 19.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment named Kim Overall senior vp Northern Europe on March 22 and Jim Underwood executive vp worldwide digital and commercial strategy March 20.

Dan Menzel was promoted to senior vp cable sales at Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution on March 22.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, formerly the pop star Vitamin C, was named vp music at Nickelodeon Group on March 21.

Jeffrey Katzenberg presented DreamWorks chief marketing officer Anne Globe with The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles' Excellence in Mentoring Award on March 23.

DEATHS

Tony-nominated stage director Ulu Grosbard, whose credits also include two Dustin Hoffman films, died overnight March 18 or 19 at NYU Langone Medical Center. He was 83.

Tonino Guerra, an Italian screenwriter who worked with Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni on such films as Amarcord, L'avventura and Blow-Up, died March 21 at his home in northern Italy. He was 92.

Deneuve Gets Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award

The French continue to have a good year in terms of honors from American film organizations. In the wake of The Artist winning the best picture Oscar, on April 2 the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present its Chaplin Award to Catherine Deneuve, 68, whose career began in Paris during the 1950s and includes roles in more than 100 films. She gained the attention of U.S. audiences in Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965) and Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour (1967). She received an Academy Award nomination for 1992's Indochine. Her latest film, The Beloved, premiered in London on March 21. -- Bill Higgins

 

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