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Gary Hill, founding partner of New York-based entertainment public relations and marketing firm Falco Ink, died Nov. 7 in New York. He was 52.

Hill began his career as the assistant to director Brian De Palma, working on such films as "Scarface," "Blow Out" and "Dressed to Kill."

In January 1999, he was one of the founding partners of Falco, where he served as partner until 2005.

In 2006, Hill became one of the founding board members for the annual Berkshire International Film Festival in Great Barrington, Mass.



Sammy Gang, a former Hearst Entertainment veteran who spent four decades in the international TV sales business, died Nov. 1 of heart failure in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 89.

Gang retired as vp international sales at Hearst Entertainment in 1993.

He started his sales career in 1953, selling for National Telefilm Associates in Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He went to RKO, then ITC International, and he relocated to Mexico. He formed his own company, Global Television Enterprise, which functioned until 1972, when he joined King Features Entertainment. In 1982, that became Hearst.



Peter Shiels, a booking agent with a long tenure of service at WMA during the 1970's and '80s, died Oct. 30 of complications from a stroke. He was 61.
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