Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Inside the industry's celebrations and news.
LEVIN-LAPLACA WEDDING: Jerseylicious executive producer Blake Levin on July 7 married Jennifer LaPlaca, a producer on syndicated series The Doctors, in front of 150 guests, including Doctors hosts Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears and Lisa Masterson and fellow Jerseylicious exec producer Alex Duda. They honeymooned in Greece.
Natalie Portman married choreographer Benjamin Millepied during a Jewish ceremony at a home in Big Sur, Calif. The couple, who met on the set of Black Swan, became engaged in 2010. They have a 14-month-old son, Aleph.
CAA motion picture literary agent Matt Rosen and Kim Cavyan, a creative executive at Kurtzman/Orci, became engaged June 29 in Malibu.
Eric Schrier, executive vp at FX Productions and head of series development at FX Networks, and wife Amanda welcomed son Parker on July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Carter Bays, co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, and wife Denise welcomed daughter Georgina Starling on July 23 in Los Angeles.
Michael Moore, president of Raleigh Entertainment, joined NBCUniversal as president and GM of Universal Studios Operations on July 27.
Jeff Bader joined NBC Entertainment Group as president of program planning, strategy and research Aug. 1.
Neil Diamond, 40 years after the release of his legendary Hot August Night album (he's back at L.A.'s Greek Theatre to play four more nights starting Aug. 16), will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 10 in front of the Capitol Records Building.
Chavela Vargas, a ranchera singer who defied gender stereotypes to become a legendary performer in Mexico, died Aug. 5. She was 93.
Joan Stein, a Tony-winning producer who also partnered with Steve Martin in a TV production company, died Aug. 3 of appendix cancer. She was 59.
The Imagen Awards
The 27th Annual Imagen Awards take place Aug. 10 at the Beverly Hilton with host Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown). Imagen Foundation president Helen Hernandez notes that since 1985, the awards have honored positive images of Latinos in the industry -- or as True Blood's Kevin Alejandro, a supporting actor nominee, puts it, "We're no longer just your cholo anymore." Producer Moctesuma Esparza (The Milagro Beanfield War) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; expect such actors as Carlos Gomez (The Glades) and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) to attend. "I'm looking forward to seeing the nominees … and the spicy Imagen vibe," said Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza, a supporting actress nominee. "It's like I'm in a room with my relatives." -- Cynthia Ruiz
Katzenbergs, Bomer, Halls to be Honored
GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network -- which works to ensure safe schools for students -- will give DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, its Lifetime Achievement Award and White Collar star Matt Bomer and his partner, Slate PR's Simon Halls, its Inspiration Award at the group's Respect Awards on Oct. 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Says Katzenberg, whose company made a $250,000 donation to downtown L.A. arts-education nonprofit Inner-City Arts on July 30: "My wife was a grade-school teacher, and that's a big part of the reason why these programs are important to us. She has a great appreciation for what happens in classrooms. GLSEN is a remarkable organization that has been a pioneer in raising awareness about bias-based bullying and discrimination." -- Degen Pener