Theodore Ripp, 78, father of rock 'n' roll music pioneer Artie Ripp, died Dec. 21 in North Hollywood of respiratory complications.
Louis Mattioli, 38, publicist for the Arts & Entertainment Network as well as a writer, director and performer, died Dec. 1 in Manhattan following a sudden illness.
Dr. Jennifer Patterson and Howard Stringer, an adopted boy, David Ridley Stringer, Dec. 26. Father is prexy CBS/Broadcast Group; mother is non-pro.
Blues guitarist Albert King, 69, died Dec. 21 after a heart attack. King influenced Eric Clapton and other rock greats and saw his own career revive as they popularized the blues.
Costumer Robert Tanella, 42, died Dec. 16 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from AIDS. He was most recently on the "Cheers" crew and had been with the show for 10 seasons.
Feature film publicist Rosemary La Salandra died Dec. 24 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Hugh Preston Pierce, 52, actor/screenwriter/record producer died Dec. 12, in his sleep of a heart attack at his home in Sherman Oaks.
Georg Alexander is returning to his old job as head of film production at ZDF after serving only two months as film commissioner for the region of Berlin-Brandenburg.
Andra Shapiro has been promoted to biz affairs vice president and deputy general counsel for MTV Networks.
Norman Barnett has been named president of Raleigh Studios. Barnett was formerly a vice president.