Warner Bros.' Courtney Simmons Weds, 'CSI:NY' Actor A.J. Buckley Engaged: Hitched, Hatched, Hired
Producer Roger Birnbaum also is engaged, Dark Horse Entertainment senior vp Keith Goldberg welcomes a baby girl, Jeff Berman is appointed BermanBraun president and more.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Courtney Simmons, senior vp publicity at Warner Bros.' DC Entertainment, married contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya on Dec. 31 at Haiku Mill in Maui, Hawaii. The couple, who met on the Today show during a live segment in 2003, booked the entire 25-room, six-acre Lumeria resort for their wedding party during the five-day event. Simmons, who wore an Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija dress, and Sawaya became engaged in December 2011 during a vacation in Sunriver, Ore. They honeymooned in Bora Bora.
Hugh Hefner married model Crystal Harris on Dec. 31 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. The ceremony took place in front of the mansion's grand staircase. Hefner and Harris, who wore a pale pink Romona Keveza gown, were set to marry in a June 2011 ceremony, but that was called off when the couple split. They reunited a year later.
NBC Entertainment publicity senior director Tracy St. Pierre married Charlie Farrell on Dec. 15 at St. Monica Church in Santa Monica. Guests including The Tonight Show host Jay Leno and executive producer Debbie Vickers feted the couple during the nearby reception at The Victorian on Main Street. The newlyweds' first dance, to the song "Yours to Keep," was performed live by Kim DiVine.
George Lucas became engaged to DreamWorks Animation chairman Mellody Hobson. The Star Wars writer-director and Hobson have been dating since 2006.
CSI: NY actor A.J. Buckley became engaged to Abigail Ochse on Dec. 31. He proposed under a tree near Napili's Turtle Bay in Maui, Hawaii. Buckley scattered the ashes of his father, who died in 2011, on that spot.
Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson became engaged to the NBA team's executive vp Jeanie Buss during the Christmas holiday. The couple has been dating for 12 years.
Producer Roger Birnbaum became engaged to Bouchon VIP guest-relations manager Leslie Lopez in Napa Valley, Calif., on Dec. 15.
Keith Goldberg, senior vp at Dark Horse Entertainment, and his wife, Annastasia, welcomed daughter Maxine Genevieve on Nov. 26 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Jeff Berman was appointed president of BermanBraun on Jan. 7.
The Motion Picture Licensing Corp. tapped Peter "P.J." Kuyper Jr. as CEO and president Jan. 1.
Scott Sterling, the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found dead Jan. 1 in Malibu. He was 32.
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, a longtime collaborator of Peter Jackson, died after a Dec. 30 rafting accident in New Zealand. He was 53.
British composer Richard Rodney Bennett died Dec. 24 in New York. The three-time Oscar nominee, known for his film and TV scores for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Murder on the Orient Express and Doctor Who, was 76.
Jim Murray, a longtime agent who during the 1970s ran ICM's offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, died Dec. 16 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 85.
Don Medford, a prolific TV director who helmed the final installment of the landmark 1960s ABC drama The Fugitive, died Dec. 12 at West Hills (Calif.) Hospital & Medical Center. He was 95.
Huell Howser, host of the popular PBS series California's Gold and six other travelogues about his adopted state including Visiting, Road Trip and Downtown, died Jan. 6 of natural causes at his home in Palm Springs. He was 67.
Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis died Jan. 7 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 60.
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