Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry’s celebrations and news.

DAVIES BABY: Michael Davies, president of production company Embassy Row (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire), got a unique present on his birthday, March 3. Davies and his wife, Claude, a documentary producer, welcomed their first son, George MacIntyre, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. George, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, joins Davies’ three other children: Brea, 19 (Michael’s from a previous relationship), Justine, 6, and Ingrid, 5.


Judy Chang-Merrick, senior publicist at Block-Korenbrot PR, and her husband of two years, Jonathan Merrick, a teacher at a Soledad Enrichment Action charter school, welcomed their first child together, a daughter, Camden Sandy, on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.

Brad Holcman, director of creative affairs at Fox 21, and wife Samantha welcomed their first child, Charlotte Ava, on Feb. 3 in L.A.


Former Universal Music Group head Doug Morris will become CEO of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1. He will replace Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, whose tenure ends March 31.

Ann Boyd was promoted to senior vp global communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment on March 2.

Disney on March 7 promoted Ken Caldwell to senior vp theatrical sales, North America, and Jeff Forman to senior vp theatrical sales, international.

A&E Network made Lily Neumeyer vp nonfiction and alternative programming March 2.

Syco Entertainment on March 4 tapped Charles Garland as COO, Simon Jones as COO of Syco Television USA and George Levendis as Syco TV’s head of international.

Nicholas Lehman was named president of digital for NBCUniversal’s entertainment and digital networks and integrated-media unit March 3.

Eric Doctorow joined Miramax as executive vp overseeing worldwide home entertainment and distribution March 7.

CBS News tapped Sonya McNair as head of communications March 3; additionally, Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews was upped to vp news.

Comcast promoted Kathy Zachem and Melissa Maxfield to senior vp posts March 7.


Mike DeStefano, a Last Comic Standing finalist last season, died March 6 of a massive heart attack. He was 44.

Edward Stephenson died Feb. 28 at his home in Hollywood Hills. The Emmy-winning producer and art director had pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 94.

British film and television director Charles Jarrott died March 4 of prostate cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills. Jarrott, best known for the costume dramas Anne of the Thousand Days and Mary, Queen of Scots, was 83.


March 10: Paul Haggis, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde
March 11: David Guggenheim, Peter Berg, Jerry Zucker
March 12: Liza Minelli, James Taylor, Rob Cohen
March 13: William H. Macy
March 14: Quincy Jones, Kevin Williamson, Wolfgang Petersen
March 15: Producer Marco Pennette, Eva Longoria