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This story first appeared in the June 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Sundance Institute Benefit Honors Roger Ebert
Sundance Institute hosted the third annual Celebrate Sundance Institute Los Angeles Benefit, recognizing artistry and visionary leadership in independent film, at The Lot in West Hollywood on June 5. Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford presented the Vanguard Leadership Award in memoriam to journalist and film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert’s wife, Chaz, was scheduled to accept the award.
Kimberly Smith, vp national publicity at FilmDistrict, wed Adam Weinstein, motion picture literary agent at Verve, in a civil ceremony in Los Angeles on May 20, followed by a dual-faith religious ceremony May 25 at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico. Smith, who wore a Monique Lhuillier gown, and Weinstein were joined by 120 guests during their wedding weekend. They became engaged in Paris in 2012 in front of Notre Dame. The newlyweds honeymooned in South Africa.
Andrew Haag, a producer at CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, wed Kristina Rohall on May 10 in front of 61 guests at Bermuda’s The Reefs Resort. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.
American Idol season-five finalist Ace Young wed season-three runner-up Diana DeGarmo on June 1 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in front of 230 guests.
Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who wed in 2009, welcomed their first child, daughter Everly, in London on May 30.
Producer-director Neil Mandt became engaged to marketing executive Lauren Dixon in India on May 25.
Chris Linn was tapped head of programming at truTV on May 28.
Former Disney exec Russell Hampton joins NBCUniversal as executive vp franchise management and global consumer products for the Media Innovation and Cross Company Initiatives Group, reporting to NBCU executive vp Lauren Zalaznick.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center will bestow its Humanitarian Award upon Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos on June 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
A&E Networks named Bob DeBitetto president of brand strategy and business development at newly launched A+E Studios; Dirk Hoogstra, David McKillop and Rob Sharenow as executive vps and general managers of History/H2, A&E and Lifetime, respectively; and Jana Bennett as president of Bio and LMN on June 3.
David Shane joined Relativity as executive vp corporate communications May 31, and Stacey Mooradian was named executive vp publicity June 3.
Authentic Talent & Literary Management hired agent Sean Elliott and manager Stuart Wrede May 30.
Participant Media named Jennifer Garnick vp public relations for Pivot and for Participant’s digital publishing arm, TakePart, on May 30.
Steve Plinio joined law firm Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder May 30.
Denise Greenawalt, a longtime publicity executive for Walt Disney Studios, died in her sleep following a long illness May 22 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. She was 52.
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