Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDINGS: Bridesmaids' Ellie Kemper married writer Michael Koman (Late Night With Conan O'Brien) on July 7 in New York. The couple, who announced their engagement on TBS' Conan in December, wed in front of The Office's Mindy Kaling and Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig, who was accompanied by The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, also owner and editor in chief of The New Republic, married longtime boyfriend Sean Eldridge on June 30 at their home in Garrison, N.Y. Guests included Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and Gayle King.

Grey's Anatomy's Sara Ramirez wed Ryan Debolt on July 4 in an intimate ceremony in New York. The couple got engaged in Paris last summer.

BABIES

Deborah Schoeneman, executive story editor on HBO's Girls, and husband Joshua Groban, senior adviser to California Gov. Jerry Brown, welcomed son Max Isadore on June 27 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

UTA agent Sarah Clossey and husband Mark Armstrong, a manager at Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, welcomed daughter Reece Boyd on June 13 at Cedars-Sinai.

Amelia Stewart, vp media relations and communications at E! and G4, and husband Adam Stewart, industry director of media and entertainment at Google, welcomed daughter Lila Fairchild on June 5 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

Producer-director Gil Cates Jr. and wife Elizabeth Lee Lacey welcomed daughter Gemma Elizabeth Cates on June 16 at Cedars-Sinai.

Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick welcomed daughter Penelope Scotland on July 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She joins brother Mason, 2.

CONGRATS

Dena Kaplan was appointed chief marketing officer at The Hub on July 2.

DEATHS

Julian Goodman, who as president of NBC sparred with the Nixon administration and oversaw a record-setting deal to keep Johnny Carson on the network, died July 2 at his home in Juno Beach, Fla., of kidney failure. He was 90.

Norman Felton, co-creator of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. who also was an executive producer on the TV version of Dr. Kildare, died June 25 in Santa Barbara. He was 99.

ANDY GRIFFITH: Always an Actor With Character

In more than five decades in show business, Andy Griffith dispensed simple North Carolina wisdom and inspiration on television, in films, from the stage and even on record (his 1996 gospel collection, I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, won a Grammy and sold a half-million albums). His death, on July 3 at age 86 of a heart attack, left many feeling as if their favorite uncle had died. "It wasn't just Andy's rural background but his understanding of the frailties and foibles of our lives," says Jeffrey Hayden, who directed a handful of episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, the CBS sitcom that ran from 1960 to 1968 in primetime, spawned spinoffs, boosted ratings at local stations and fledgling cable networks like TBS -- and still airs today. "He spoke to small towns, to big cities and everything in between." Griffith, who studied to be a preacher, was genuine as a country bumpkin in No Time for Sergeants and brought Southern savvy decades later as an attorney on Matlock. The role that put him on the map, however, was very different. In Elia Kazan's chilling 1957 classic A Face in the Crowd, his character's lack of scruples is shocking to those who later knew him best as Opie's principled pop. -- MIke Barnes

 

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