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ENGAGEMENT: Ryan Kavanaugh proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Britta Lazenga, on Feb. 6 in Dallas during halftime of Super Bowl XLV. The Los Angeles Ballet dancer, who is a Pittsburgh native and a huge Steelers fan, received a 3-carat diamond ring from the Relativity Media chief. A wedding date has not been set.


Fox vp digital marketing Jake Zim and wife Caterina Mercante, an associate director at Lineage Dance Company, welcomed twin boys, Massimo and Lorenzo, on Feb. 4 in Los Angeles.

Christine Batista, former MGM senior vp marketing and national promotions, and husband Dan Caldwell, vp business development, entertainment and partnerships at Allied Advertising, welcomed a daughter, Harlie Ree, on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. She is their first child.


Jeff Fager was appointed chairman of CBS News on Feb. 8. Additionally, David Rhodes was named president, and Sean McManus was promoted to chairman of CBS Sports.

MGM tapped Ken Schapiro as chief operating 0fficer Feb. 14.

Randy Irwin was appointed president of Skyscraper Entertainment Ventures on Feb. 10.

Liz Dickler joined A&E Network as vp drama programming Feb. 10.

Clay Spencer and Justin Levy were made co-heads of MTV’s scripted development Feb. 14.

Rainbow Media on Feb. 7 promoted Sharon Davis and Laura Sher to senior vps legal and business affairs. Additionally, Denyse Santoro was elevated to vp in the department.

Julie Boos and Trey Dunaway were made vps and owner-shareholders of management firm Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy on Feb. 7.

TruTV on Feb. 9 appointed Robyn Hutt senior vp original programming and Anthony Horn senior vp current programming and specials.

Evolution Media Capital and Foley & Lardner on Feb. 7 made Bob DuPuy a partner on Foley’s sports industry team and a senior adviser at EMC.


Elizabeth Taylor, 78, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for symptoms related to congestive heart failure.


The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea died Feb. 5 of congestive heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 89.

Disney animator Bill Justice died Feb. 10 in Santa Monica. Justice, whose credits include Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Bambi, was 97.

All in the Family and Laverne & Shirley actress Betty Garrett died Feb. 12 of an aortic aneurysm in Los Angeles. She was 91.

Jazz pianist/composer George Shearing died Feb. 14 of congestive heart failure in New York. The Grammy-winning Brit was 91.


Feb. 17: Michael Bay, Rene Russo
Feb. 18: John Travolta, Guy Ferland, Molly Ringwald
Feb. 19: Smokey Robinson
Feb. 20: Screenwriter Andrew Bergman, Sidney Poitier
Feb. 21: David Geffen, Kelsey Grammer
Feb. 22: Photographer Billy Name