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.
Taking significant stock in the adage that two heads are better than one, DreamWorks' principal troika has named veteran foreign sales exec Jonathan Chissick as co-head of DreamWorks Intl…
Helene Blieberg has been named VP and executive director of the CBS Foundation, a post in which she will be responsible for the direction and operation of the foundation --- which will function…
Jim Banister has had his stripes at Warner Bros. Online burnished anew, becoming VP and G.M. of the corporate/entertainment Net-based division of the studio.
Jessica Drake and Kenneth Young, a girl, Melina Drake Young, June 12, Good Samaritan Hospital. Mother’s a speech and dialect coach for numerous thesps; father’s non-pro. Maternal grandmother’s Sylvie…
Sony Pictures Entertainment has beefed up its human resources profile with the appointment of two new VPs, one handling corporate human resources, the other international.
Blues guitarist Luther Allison, who saw his domestic career skyrocket in the last three years after spending a decade and a half in Paris, died Tuesday at the U. of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He…
Radio and TV writer Barbara Smitten Merlin, who began writing for radio programs in the late 1930s and later produced scripts for such TV shows as "The Millionaire" and "77 Sunset Strip," died July…
Marie S. Pryor, wife of former Daily Variety editor Tom Pryor, died Wednesday at Encino Hospital following an extended illness. She was 85.