About Town: Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.

BESSER WEDDINGBryan Besser, founding partner of talent and literary agency Verve, married Paige Van Trigt, a first-grade teacher at Turning Point School in Culver City, on Dec. 3. The pair said their vows at Annaberg Ruins, site of a former sugar mill, on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. “We wanted to share this magical place with our friends and family,” said Besser, who hosted 80 guests with his bride during a more than weeklong celebration that included a Thanksgiving feast.

ENGAGEMENT

TalentWorks’ August Kammer proposed to fellow agent Marion Campbell in Paso Robles, Calif. The pair, who met while working together at the agency, have been dating for five years and plan to say “I do” sometime in 2011.

BIRTH

British media mogul Simon Fuller and his wife of two years, Natalie, welcomed their first child, Grace, at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in Los Angeles. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

SPLIT

Dexter stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter announced Dec. 13 that they have split after being separated for “some time” The pair were wed Dec. 31, 2008.

Writer-director Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson finalized their divorce Dec. 8. They were married 24 years but separated June 2008.

CONGRATS

Karel Och will take over Jan. 1 as artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Amit Desai was promoted Dec. 3 to senior vp franchise management at Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment.

Barry Weiss, chairman of Sony Music’s RCA/Jive label group, announced his move to Universal Music Group on Dec. 7.

MTV Networks tapped Jeff Lucas as head of sales for its music and entertainment groups on Dec. 7.

Michael Howe was appointed vp A&R at EMI’s Capitol & Virgin label group on Dec. 6.

Keiren Fisher was promoted to senior vp West Coast series production at Nickelodeon on Dec. 6. Additionally, Dina Buteyn was named vp animation production, Dean Hoff is now vp CG production, and Jason Stiff was promoted to vp postproduction Dec. 13.

David Wells became Netflix’s CFO after Barry McCarthy stepped down Dec. 10.

ARREST

Nicholas Brooks, son of Oscar-winning “You Light Up My Life” songwriter Joseph Brooks, was charged with attempted murder and strangulation Dec. 10 after his girlfriend, fashion designer Sylvie Cachay, was found dead Dec. 9 at SoHo House in New York.

ILLNESS

Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery the week of Dec. 6. 

DEATHS

The Fugitive series producer Alan A. Armer died Dec. 5 at 88. The Emmy winner also produced Cannon and The Untouchables.

Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died Dec. 9 of pancreatic cancer in San Diego. The musician was 85.

Lawrence Dolin, owner of Cleveland theaters the Front Row and Playhouse Square, died Dec. 6 of cancer. Dolin, 67, booked the likes of Jay Leno, Bob Newhart and Johnny Mathis.

BIRTHDAYS

December 16

  • Writer-producer Steven Bochco
  • ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons

December 17

  • Peter Farrelly

December 18

  • Katie Holmes 
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Brad Pitt

December 19

  • Jake Gyllenhaal 

December 20

  • Dick Wolf

December 21

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg   
  • Songwriter Bruce Roberts

December 22

  • Diane Sawyer
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