Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Inside the industry's celebrations and news.
WEDDING: Shelley Hoffmann, production coordinator at ABC-Disney's The Chew, married Scott Bendzlowicz on Nov. 3 in St. Simons Island, Ga. About 140 guests (a number reduced by Hurricane Sandy) feted the couple during the event at Musgrove Plantation. The couple, who met in 2009 in New York, will honeymoon in the spring in Italy.
Matt Johnson, partner at Ziffren Brittenham, and his wife, Yasmine, welcomed daughter Malalai Rumi on Nov. 1. Her name is a tribute to 15-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt Oct. 9.
THR senior film reporter Borys Kit and his wife, Stacy, welcomed son Alexander Adrian on Sept. 25 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
Susanne Daniels joined MTV as president of programming Nov. 12.
Warner Bros. executive vp and CFO Ed Romano was honored at the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation Black & White Gala on Nov. 8 for his work with the hospital's foundation.
UTA promoted Kassie Evashevski, its book department co-head, to partner Nov. 9.
CBS Corp. appointed Scott Koondel senior vp and chief corporate content licensing officer Nov. 8.
Keith Naftaly was promoted to executive vp and head of A&R at RCA Records on Nov. 9.
Comedy Central promoted Gary Mann to senior vp original programming and development Nov. 12.
Candace Carlo joined Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Klein on Nov. 9.
Bob Brunner, a writer-producer on the classic ABC sitcom Happy Days who named Henry Winkler's "Fonzie," died Oct. 28 of a heart attack near his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 78.
Henry Colman, a veteran TV producer, writer and executive best known for his work on The Love Boat and Green Acres, died Nov. 7. He was 89.
Richard Robbins, a two-time Oscar-nominated composer who scored most of Merchant Ivory's films for more than a quarter-century, died Nov. 7 of Parkinson's-related complications at his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. He was 71.
J.J. Abrams Supports Vet Initiative Got Your 6
Kicking off Veterans Day weekend, vet-supporting nonprofits Got Your 6 (which focuses on veteran reintegration and employment) and The Mission Continues teamed with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and Universal president Ron Meyer to put Hollywood -- and the vets -- to work. On Nov. 9, industry insiders and hundreds of veterans joined Meyer and Abrams in stuffing and delivering more than 5,000 backpacks for local food-insecure children. "Veterans get to work side by side with people in the industry in serving a sector of the community that really needs it," says Abrams. "Many of these people whose hearts were set on helping this country and serving others, they want to keep up that way of life. A lot of times, they return and don't have the relationships to continue to serve. We're thrilled to be working with veterans who are looking to be those kinds of leaders here at home." -- Sophie Schillaci
American Cinematheque to Honor Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller will receive the 26th American Cinematheque Award on Nov. 15 at the Beverly Hilton. The actor will be feted by such presenters as his wife, Christine Taylor, Jeffrey Katzenberg and his Along Came Polly co-star Jennifer Aniston. Each year, the gala honors an extraordinary artist committed to contributing to the art of motion pictures.