Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDINGS: ICM agent Eric Skinner married Jamie Harhay, a publicist at Image Management PR, on Aug. 25 at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course in Laguna Beach, Calif. The couple, who became engaged Christmas Day 2011, honeymooned on Catalina Island.

Green Lantern co-stars Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds wed Sept. 9 at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The couple of nearly a year celebrated with about 60 guests under a tent on the grounds. Singer Florence Welch, a Lively pal, performed three songs.

How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders married Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam on Sept. 8 at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, Calif. The newlyweds, who have a 3-year-old daughter, announced their engagement in July 2009. Smulders' co-stars Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris were on hand to fete the pair.

Susan Kesser, executive director at Warner Bros. Television, wed Robert Benvenisti on Sept. 2 at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.


Dean Devlin, an executive producer and director on TNT's Leverage, and his wife, actress Lisa Brenner, welcomed daughter Penelope Violet on Aug. 27 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Jeff Elefterion, executive vp creative advertising at The Weinstein Co., and wife Nicki, senior director of global agency development at Yahoo, welcomed son Charlie Jagger on July 24 at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.


Wendy and Leonard Goldberg will receive the first Hollywood Icon Award at the 55th Anniversary Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Gala on Nov. 13 at the Beverly Wilshire.

Brand sponsorship executive Rafael McDonnell joined CAA on Sept. 5.

Joe Tamanini was promoted to president of brand-management agency Studio City on Sept. 6.

Jay Levine was upped to senior vp business and strategic planning at Warner Bros. Television Group on Sept. 4.


Jake Eberts, a producer and film financier whose movies, including Chariots of Fire, Gandhi and Dances With Wolves, captured 37 Oscars, died Sept. 6 in his hometown of Montreal following a brief illness. He was 71.

Bob Lambert, chief technical strategist at Disney for 25 years and a guiding force in the movie industry's ongoing transition from film to digital cinema, died suddenly at his home in Glendale on Sept. 7. He was 55.

Marketing Exec Geoffrey Ammer, 1950-2012: Geoffrey Ammer, whose film industry career dates to 1980, when he worked in Fox's advertising department (he had been a concert promoter), died Sept. 9 after a heart attack. He was 62. Ammer also worked in marketing at Cinergi, Disney, Revolution, Sony, Marvel and Relativity before becoming, in 2010, CEO of Clarius Entertainment, a domestic marketing and film distribution firm. Its first release on 2,500 screens, Dino Time, is set for Dec. 7. "Geoff's talent was being a hard-nosed, fair executive who got things done," says Tom Sherak, who worked with Ammer at Fox and Revolution. "He was as loyal as anybody I've met in my life. He was like a younger brother -- like the brother I never had." Ammer is survived by his wife, Mia; son Geoffrey George, 7; and daughter Annie Grace, 5. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

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