Michelle and Scott Lautanen, a girl, Emma, July 7, Los Angeles. Mother is vice president of TV business affairs for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation; father’s a director. * * * Diane Alancraig and…
Stephen Surjik — who most recently helmed “Weapons of Mass Distraction” for HBO — has joined CAA, where he will be repped by agents Jim Lefkowitz, Ken Stovitz and John Levin. Surjik’s other directing…
Sony Signatures’ pic and TV division has named Gregory Copploe director of marketing services and special events. He’ll primarily handle the company’s activities in the trade show arena. * * *…
Joanna Colbert, who aided in the casting of "Interview With the Vampire," among other pics, has been upped to VP of creative casting for Universal Pictures.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Pakistani singer who introduced the world to the mystical singing style known as Qawwali, died Saturday in London of a heart attack arising from kidney problems. He was 49.
Following the recent departure of Miramax execs John Logigian and Scott Greenstein, the indie powerhouse has reorganized its business and legal affairs department under its new head, Neil Sacker, who…
Academy Award-winning film editor William Reynolds, who enjoyed a 60-year career in moviemaking, died July 23 in South Pasadena of cancer. He was 87.
EMI Music Publishing has tapped Steve Backer exec veep. The nod to the former Enclave G.M. significantly raises the profile of the publisher's West Coast outpost.
Game company Konami Co. Ltd. of Japan has appointed a new chairman and CEO for its Konami of America division: Makoto Sano, a veteran Konami employee who replaces departing chieftain Ken Dirnberger.
Character actress Jeruth Persson, more commonly known as Ms. Jeri, died Aug. 8 of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was 72.
Neapolitan principal player and character actor Gianni Cajafa, who worked with many major names during his 60-year stage and film career, died April 19 in a Milan hospital following an embolism. He…