About Town: Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.
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Don Kirshner: 1934-2011: “He was the king of Tin Pan Alley; there never was a better song plugger,” Neil Diamond tells THR of songwriter-producer Don Kirshner, who died Jan. 17 in Boca Raton, Fla., at 76. “The Man With the Golden Ear” managed his buddy Bobby Darin, produced and hosted the groundbreaking 1973-81 TV series Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, worked with such acts as Prince and Kansas and created the made-for-TV Monkees. “I’ll always be grateful to him for pairing ‘I’m a Believer’ and other songs of mine with the Monkees,” Diamond says.

BABIES

The Apprentice co-host Ivanka Trump announced Jan. 21 via Twitter that she is expecting a baby with husband Jared Kushner (owner of the New York Observer). This will be the pair’s first child.

Underground manager Oly Obst and wife Julia, an events coordinator, welcomed their second child, a girl, Marlowe Blake, on Jan. 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Marlowe, who was 8 lbs. 4 oz., joins her 3½-year-old sister, Sunny.

ICM agent Brian Bunnin and wife Cathy, associate director of domestic promotions at Fox, welcomed their first child, Maxwell, on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles. He weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz.

CONGRATS

Google co-founder Larry Page will take over day-to-day operations of the Internet giant as CEO after Eric Schmidt said Jan. 20 that he is stepping down (Schmidt will continue as executive chairman). Page’s new gig begins April 4.

Kim Rosenblum was promoted to executive vp marketing and creative at TV Land on Jan. 24.

Univision hired Randy Falco as COO and executive vp Jan. 18. He was COO of NBC Universal Television Group and AOL chairman and CEO.

Mark Rodriguez was promoted to vp U.S. cable sales at Sony Pictures Television on Jan. 20.

MGM television exec Jim Packer will join Lionsgate to head its worldwide TV distribution and digital operations.

Robin Radin was appointed executive producer of TV Guide Network’s Hollywood 411 on Jan. 18. She was executive producer of E! News.

Current Media on Jan. 20 appointed Jeanne Meyer to executive vp corporate communications, a new position.

Live-entertainment promoter Nederlander Concerts upped Alex Hodges to CEO on Jan. 18. He had been COO since 2007.

Joe Matukewicz was named senior vp acquisitions at Relativity Media on Jan. 19. He had held the same post at Paramount.

Marco Bresaz was named vp original programming and development at Sundance Channel on Jan. 18.

WEtv and Wedding Central hired Deirdre O’Hearn as vp development and talent Jan. 18.

DEATHS

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who created the first TV workout program, died Jan. 23 of respiratory failure resulting from pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, Calif. He was 96.

Max B. Miller, a longtime Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, took his own life Jan. 17. He was 73.

The Untouchables actor Paul Picerni died Jan. 12 at Palmdale (Calif.) Regional Medical Center after a heart attack. He was 88.

BIRTHDAYS

Jan. 26: Director Henry Jaglom; Ellen DeGeneres
Jan. 28: Filmmaker Frank Darabont; Elijah Wood
Jan. 29: Oprah Winfrey; Edward Burns
Jan. 30: Christian Bale
Jan. 31: Composer Philip Glass;  Portia de Rossi; Justin Timberlake