Hitched, Hatched, Hired

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

WEDDINGS: MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts wed Patrick Abner on Sept. 29 at the Gansevoort Park Hotel in New York. About 150 guests attended the ceremony, officiated by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The couple, who have been together for 12 years, will honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro.

Private Practice's Audra McDonald wed Broadway actor Will Swenson on Oct. 6 at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. The couple, together since 2007, became engaged in January.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress Amber Tamblyn and Arrested Development's David Cross were married Oct. 6. Yo La Tengo performed at the ceremony for the couple, who began dating in 2008.


Heather Olander, senior vp reality development at USA Network, and Tommy Johnagin, a stand-up comedian/writer, welcomed daughter Harper Grace on Sept. 21 at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

Matthew Brady, founder and CEO of MRB Productions, welcomed daughter Riley Eloise on Sept. 18 at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif.

Tanya Girmay, manager of exhibitor services at Warner Bros., and her husband, Fanuel, welcomed son Maddex Quinn on Oct. 3 in Burbank.


Gina Balian was named senior vp limited series at FX Networks and FX Productions on Oct. 2.

Current TV appointed Naomi Bulochnikov director of corporate communications Oct. 4.

DreamWorks Animation tapped Lincoln Wallen as chief technology officer Oct. 3.

ICM Partners promoted Randy Freedman to lawyer in the legal affairs department.

CORE Media Group tapped Jennifer O'Connell as head of U.S. television Oct. 4.

Mel Brooks will receive the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award on June 6 in Los Angeles.

Ari Emanuel joined the board of trustees of The Museum of Contemporary Art.


R.B. Greaves, who wrote and sang the memorable 1969 hit "Take a Letter Maria," died Sept. 27 of prostate cancer in Los Angeles. The singer, a nephew of Sam Cooke, was 68.