Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Inside the industry's celebrations and news.
JACKSON-ROTH WEDDING: Richie Jackson, executive producer of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, and Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, were married Sept. 8 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York. The couple, who met at the 2003 Tony Awards, were wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony in front of 600 guests. The reception was held at Roseland Ballroom, where the couple was feted by such attendees as Barbara Walters, Tyra Banks, Bryant Gumbel, David Geffen, and Leslie Moonves and wife Julie Chen. At the end of the evening, Melissa Etheridge serenaded the newlyweds with a song she wrote in their honor.
Matthew Middleton, an entertainment lawyer at New York-based law firm Sweeney, Johnson & Scates, and Nicole George wed Sept. 15 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, N.J., in front of 350 guests. The couple, who became engaged on Christmas Eve 2011, will honeymoon in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath wed Carin Kingsland on Sept. 24 in Santa Barbara in front of 60 guests. The pair, who became engaged in 2009, are parents to 2-year-old twins Lydon and Hartley.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. welcomed a son in Los Angeles. They also have a 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte Grace.
HBO elevated Richard Plepler to CEO, Eric Kessler to president and COO and Michael Lombardo to president of programming. Current CEO Bill Nelson will retire at the end of 2012.
NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution named Cynthia Klar vp sales Sept. 19.
Atlas Entertainment upped Andy Horwitz and Jake Kurily to vp, promoted Curt Kanemoto to production executive and tapped Rebecca Roven and Dan Wiedenhaupt as creative executives Sept. 19.
National Geographic Channels hired Noel Siegel as senior vp production and development at network headquarters in Washington, D.C., and promoted Lynn Sadofsky to vp production and development in NGC's New York office Sept. 20.
Jo Sharon was promoted to senior vp development at production company Magical Elves on Sept. 18.
E! News Division on Sept. 21 promoted Melanie Bromley to senior managing correspondent.
Mark Harmon will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. 1. Leslie Moonves will be a guest speaker.
Viacom International named Fernando Gaston brand manager of Tr3s and tapped Federico Cuervo as brand manager of Comedy Central Latin America on Sept. 24.
Univision Communications Inc. named Richard Pacheco senior vp enterprise development Sept. 22.
Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films and the son of its founder, died Sept. 18 of brain cancer in Moorestown, N.J., two weeks before his 70th birthday.
Stephen Dunham, an actor who starred in the sitcoms Oh, Grow Up and Hot Properties, died Sept. 14 at Providence St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank days after suffering a heart attack in his home. He died on his 48th birthday.
MS Society Fetes Warners' Robinov
Warner Bros. put some hefty effort into the MS Society's Dinner of Champions on Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza that brought in $2.1 million and honored studio president Jeff Robinov. "They pulled out all the stops," said Tom Sherak, who, after 20 years and raising $47 million, has announced that this was the last dinner he would co-chair. The studio was represented by a slew of execs ranging from CEO Barry Meyer to Time Warner chairman Jeff Bewkes, plus talent including Christopher Nolan and Ben Affleck. The award presentation was made by Nolan, who, with wife Emma Thomas, jokingly thanked the MS Society "for the chance to make Jeff uncomfortable," before showing a stunning reel of clips from films made during Robinov's tenure ("If you hang around long enough, you get credit for everything," said the honoree) and clever congrats from everyone from Clint Eastwood to Tim Burton. -- Bill HIggins
Rob Moore Fulfillment Fund Honor
The Fulfillment Fund -- which is dedicated to making college a viable opportunity for low-income Los Angeles students -- will honor Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore with its Stars 2012 Award at an Oct. 24 gala in Beverly Hills. Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt (Young Adult) will emcee.
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