Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Peter Lau

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDINGS: Cantone-Dixon: Sex and the City's Mario Cantone wed musical theater director Jerry Dixon on Oct. 5 in New York. Jamie Bakker, the pastor-son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, presided over the ceremony, which took place on the couple's downtown rooftop. Cantone's two sisters, two brothers and two best friends watched the duo walk down the aisle, in Calvin Klein tuxedos, to the Rufus song "In Love We Grow." A reception followed at Del Posto restaurant. The pair, together for 20 years, plan to honeymoon in Italy in the spring.

Abrams literary agent Peter Hagan and his partner, Ken Arthur, producing director of Theatreworks/USA, were blessed in an Episcopal ceremony at the Manhattan home of Pat Galloway, director of human resources at Gersh Agency N.Y., and stage director Peter Webb, on Oct. 9. About 70 friends and family members, including the pair's 13-year-old son, Jamie, attended the celebration. Hagan and Arthur, who first met as actors in Performing Arts Repertory Theatre, officially wed Oct. 3 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.


Dylan Tarason, senior vp production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and Cherie Hurwitz welcomed daughter Talia Lily Tarason on Oct. 18 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Jon Penn, president of media and entertainment at Penn, Schoen & Berland, and his wife, Renee, a head and neck surgeon at City of Hope Medical Center, welcomed son James Ellis on Oct. 20 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Dominic Pagone, head of media relations at FX, and his wife, Monica, welcomed daughter Lillian Rose Pagone Oct. 26 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance.


Sarah Eaton was tapped as director of media relations at Sundance Institute on Oct. 25.

Mirian Arias was named vp daytime communications Disney/ABC Television Group on Oct. 26.

Oxygen Media tapped Joel Savitt as vp production and operations Oct. 26.

ESPN hired Michael Bayle as senior vp and GM of ESPN Mobile on Oct. 25.

Spike TV named Alex Eastburg vp original series Oct. 27.

Kimberly Jaime and Robert Koch were elevated to firm partners at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein on Oct. 28.

Travel Channel named David Padrusch vp production and development, Bill Howard director programming and partnerships and Doug Bailey director production and development Oct. 25.

HBO appointed Pamela Levine executive vp marketing Oct. 31.

Robert Cort Productions promoted Maritza Berta to creative executive Oct. 31.

The Weinstein Co. promoted Adrian Lopez to vp business and legal affairs Oct. 31.

Military Channel and Planet Green tapped Kevin Bennett as senior vp programming and research Oct. 31.


Jimmy Savile, an influential British radio DJ, philanthropist and first host of TV's Top of the Pops, died Oct. 29 in London. He was 84.


One day before a star-studded tribute concert and dinner honors Shakira as the youngest ever Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year (she's also up for three awards, including Album of the Year for Sale el Sol), the artist will see her legacy marked in stone as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The dedication recognizes not just her impact professionally (the Colombia native is the second-most successful Latin singer of all time, behind Gloria Estefan, having sold 60 million-plus albums and charted nine Top 40 hits), but her charity work as well. Shakira's two foundations, Fundación Pies Descalzos and Barefoot Foundation, help thousands of disadvantaged children receive nutritious meals, education and support services. Taking her cause to the White House, the 34-year-old was recently appointed to President Obama's Advisory Commission for Hispanic Educational Excellence, commenting at the time, "The only road out of poverty is education." Ceremony Details: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in front of the W Hotel at 6270 Hollywood Blvd. – Shirley Halperin

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