CNN's Isha Sesay and Leif Coorlim Wed, Access Hollywood's Ryan Patterson Welcomes a Girl: Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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CNN anchor Isha Sesay wed Leif Coorlim, executive editor of "The CNN Freedom Project."

Interior designer Kristopher Dukes also marries, actress Soleil Moon Frye is expecting a baby and more.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 


CNN anchor Isha Sesay wed Leif Coorlim, executive editor of The CNN Freedom Project, on Aug. 17 at the Mandarin Oriental in Buckhead, Ga., in front of 120 guests. Sesay wore a strapless, custom Amsale gown. The couple has been together for two years. "I asked him out for a drink, and he kissed me while we were waiting for the valet," she says about their first date. "But we'd been friends for a long time before that."

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Interior designer Kristopher Dukes wed Matthew Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook, Aug. 8 at the Beverly Hills Courthouse.

Todd Handelsman, director of brand marketing and communications at PMK*BNC, wed actress Miranda Kent at Elysian in Los Angeles on Aug. 3. They honeymooned in New York.

Anonymous Content's Alex Goldstone married David Blacker, creative director at dw+h, on Aug. 18. Maxwell, the couple's 2-year-old son, served as best man.

Clare Anne Darragh, co-owner of Frank PR, wed finance exec Michael Anastasi on July 27 at the Villanova Chapel in Philadelphia.


Actress Soleil Moon Frye and husband Jason Goldberg, a TV and film producer, are expecting their third child.


The Exes' Donald Faison and his wife, CaCee Cobb, welcomed a son Aug. 15.

Jason Gann, the creator, producer and star of FX's Wilfred, and wife Alejandra Varela Gann welcomed a son, Xano William Varela Gann, Aug. 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.

Access Hollywood supervising producer Ryan Patterson and husband Richard Plotkin, the show's director, welcomed daughter Jasper Everly Patterson on July 13.

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Comcast Corp. on Aug. 16 extended the contract of NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke through August 2018.

Tim Pastore was named executive vp programming and development for National Geographic Television on Aug. 14.

Universal Pictures promoted Abhijay Prakash to executive vp business development and strategic planning Aug. 14.

FishBowl Worldwide Media promoted Beth Greenwald to current affairs president, upped Paul Lapointe to executive vp and COO and tapped Kelly Nash as vp development on Aug. 13.

Greg Economou was named executive vp and chief revenue officer for Dick Clark Productions on Aug. 20.

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Larry A. Thompson will receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the 12th annual Seymour Heller Awards Sept. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

NBCUniversal International Television Production named Deborah Oppenheimer executive vp of Carnival Films on Aug. 14.

Dan Lieberman joined the Fusion network Aug. 14 as a dayside anchor, correspondent and producer.

Elise Pearlstein was named senior vp documentary films at Participant Media on Aug. 15.

Gary Knell was appointed president and CEO of the National Geographic Society on Aug. 19.

Starz upped Michael Thornton to chief revenue officer Aug. 16.

Hillary Povar joined TVGN as director of communications and media relations Aug. 19.

Shed Media appointed Dan Snook senior vp development Aug. 16 and named Dave Kuba vp development.

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Lee Thompson Young, of Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson and TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, died Aug. 19 from an apparent suicide in his North Hollywood home. He was 29.

Brett Dicker, who spent almost a quarter-century in marketing at Disney before retiring in 2010, died Aug. 13 of heart failure at his home in Woodland Hills. He was 63.

Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, died Aug. 14 at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility. She was 43.