Variety Staff

Betty A. Geffen


Betty A. Geffen, a longtime personal manager, died Jan. 28 of natural causes in New York. She was 88. Geffen hailed from Montreal, where she began as a legal secretary and soon became one of the…

Sig Mickelson


Sig Mickelson, who helped build CBS News during the early days of television and helped make Walter Cronkite a national news figure, died March 24 of natural causes in San Diego. He was 86…

Ari Sloane


Ari Sloane, who served as the associate producer of “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” died Jan. 26 in Los Angeles from AIDS complications. He was 36. In 1996, Sloane served as associate producer for the…

  • Film

Inside Moves


Sandra Bullock is in early talks with Universal Pictures to topline Kevin Williamson’s romantic comedy “Her Leading Man.” Universal struck the original deal for the project two years ago when it…

World Briefs


UNITED KINGDOM United Artists Films has picked up international rights outside North America to Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher,” which won the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film…

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