Hitched, Hatched, Hired

3:11 PM PST 02/10/2011 by THR staff
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Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.

MARIA SCHNEIDER, 1950-2011: French actress Maria Schneider, best known for starring opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris (1972) at age 19, died Feb. 3 in Paris after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

WEDDING

ESPN senior coordinating producer Michael Leber wed Denise Choquette, vp and senior legal counsel at Gilbane Building Co., on Jan. 29 at Brown University’s Manning Chapel in Providence, R.I.

BIRTHS

Craig Ferguson and wife Megan welcomed their first child together, son Liam James, on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. Ferguson has another son, Milo, 9, from a previous marriage.

Colin Hanks and wife Samantha Bryant welcomed their first child, daughter Olivia Jane, on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles.

Christina Applegate and her fiance, musician Martyn LeNoble, welcomed daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles.

CONGRATS

Irving Azoff was tapped as chairman of Live Nation on Feb. 7, and Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei is taking John Malone’s board seat.

Heidi Clements was named co-executive producer of Entertainment Tonight on Feb. 7.

Peter Chernin and Barry McCarthy were named to Pandora’s board of directors Feb. 3.

Former Spyglass chief Jonathan Glickman was named president of MGM’s motion picture group Feb. 2.

TLC named Amy Winter GM and executive vp and Edward Sabin group COO of Discovery and TLC Networks on Feb. 1.

NBC Sports Group announced its new leadership team: NBC Sports Cable Group president Mark Lazarus, Versus and SportsNet president Jon Litner, Golf Channel president Mike McCarley, NBC Sports and Versus president of programming Jon Miller and NBC Sports and Versus executive producer Sam Flood.

Michael Kyser was named the first president of black music at Atlantic Records Group on Feb. 3.

Spike TV upped Tim Duffy to senior vp original programming Feb. 2.

Heather Olander joined USA Network as senior vp alternative programming Feb. 2.

Steve Gigliotti was promoted to president of national advertising sales and marketing at Scripps Networks Interactive on Feb. 1.

Rachel Sandler was promoted to senior vp corporate communications at TV Land on Feb. 1.

Josh Klemme and Chris Nilsson were appointed vps artist management East and West coast, respectively, at Tenth Street Entertainment.

DEATHS

Gary Moore, a rock and blues guitarist who played with Thin Lizzy during its heyday and recorded 20 solo albums, was found dead Feb. 6 in Estepona, Spain. He was 58.

Ron Baird, former head of CAA’s Nashville office who repped Shania Twain, died Feb. 3 of Parkinson’s complications. He was 60.

Stefanie Kowal, former head of movies and miniseries at Universal TV, died Jan. 26 of cancer at 69.

BIRTHDAYS

Feb. 9: Disney animator Bill Justice, Mia Farrow
Feb. 10: Robert Iger, Elizabeth Banks
Feb. 11: Screenwriter Wesley Strick, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Lautner
Feb. 12: Darren Aronofsky
Feb. 13: Stockard Channing
Feb. 14: Screenwriter Josh Senter

 

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