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On March 10, 2014, Prospect Park Networks filed for bankruptcy protection,
because they owe money to 20 individuals or companies, including $1.7 million to
ABC, $750,000 to the law firm representing it in its lawsuit against ABC,
$86,000 to the Screen Actors Guild, $50,000 to the Directors Guild, $345,000 to
the Connecticut Film Center (where AMC and OLTL taped), $565,000 to NEP
Broadcasting (a company that provides teleproduction services), $205,000 to OLTL
actress Erika Slezak (Viki) and $60,000 to her co-star Tuc Watkins (David).
On March 7, ABC filed a cross-complaint over Prospect Park's failure to pay
the licensing fees it owes to ABC for the rights to AMC and OLTL.
Read more here!
"Soap Life," a documentary about the evolving face of daytime, was
released on March 11, 2014 and is now available on
iTunes for $12.99. Also, buy or rent at
Amazon. For more info. and to view the trailer, visit
On March 3, 2014, NATAS released the daytime drama performers'
pre-nominations for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The final
nominations will be announced on Thursday, May 1.
Y&R & B&B are returning for the 2014-2015 season on CBS. B&B will
be celebrating its 27th anniversary in March, and averages nearly four million
viewers. Y&R averages over five million viewers and received a multi-year pickup
that will keep it on the air through the 2017 season!
Since HLN has decided not to broadcast the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards, NATAS
(National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) is looking for a new broadcast
The TVGN documentary "Who Shot the Daytime Soap?" aired on
December 16, 2013. It looks at the startling power and resiliency of
daytime drama and how it all went haywire.
The 2014 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards were presented on Saturday,
February 1, 2014, when the writing team for "Days of Our Lives" won.
The nominees in Daytime Drama which aired between October 1, 2012 and September
30, 2013 were:
NBC's Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn
Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio,
David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, & Christopher J.
ABC's General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa
Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean
Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, & Chris Van Etten.
Y&R's The Young and the Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey
Thomson; Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice
Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater,
Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman.
CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to enter a submission this year.
On December 3, 2013, Prospect Park’s co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz filed a
complaint against the company and its investors to see if he can get out of
his exclusive 5-year contract, because he disagrees with the cancellation of
AMC & OLTL.
In an interview with Carolyn Hinsey on 11/15/13, Sonia Blangiardo, AMC
Supervising Producer, cites the
IATSE union dispute over pay rates for the crew as the reason for both
the online OLTL & AMC's halt of production on June 5, 2013. The ABC lawsuit,
low ratings, and eventually actors getting other jobs or being pregnant
(Eden Riegel, Bianca & Paula Garces, Lea) when their characters were not,
contributed to Prospect Park's problems. Even though the union dispute was
resolved on June 20, production did not resume in August as planned, because
all of the above obstacles "discouraged potential investors." Carolyn states
that half of OLTL was unrecognizable to her, but Sonia thinks their biggest
flaw was concentrating too much on the “Wow Factor” for events. Sometimes,
they lost track of why the event was happening in first place. To read more,
Prospect Park, which licensed "All My Children" & "One Life to Live" from
ABC to relaunch them as web-only series, sued in April 2013 in Los Angeles
Superior Court claiming that the network sabotaged the relaunch by, among
other things, killing off key characters. On November 13, the plaintiff
filed a new amended complaint with more details of ABC's alleged fraud and a
demand for more than $95 million in damages. For all the details,
After 14 years on the air, SOAPnet went dark on Tuesday, December 31,
2013 when Walt Disney Co. decided to no longer provide programming for the channel
in favor of Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers.
Click here for the full story.
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will include a new category
"Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series" for online shows. Also, daytime
dramas that have produced 35 episodes in the calendar year of 2013 are
available for entry in Outstanding Drama Series, which means the rebooted
AMC and OLTL will be eligible to compete against the broadcast network
In April, 2013, Prospect Park filed a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against ABC,
claiming that the network has violated the licensing agreement it forged with PP
two years ago and
has been sabotaging the company's attempt to relaunch AMC and OLTL online.
PP claims that ABC has actively caused problems, including refusing to
transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on
Read the full complaint here. ABC has responded that it remains very
supportive of the online launch of both OLTL and AMC. "With respect to
Prospect Park’s lawsuit, we believe the claims are baseless, and we will
defend them vigorously in court and not the press.”
HLN (Headline News) presented the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live
from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The nominations
are listed below with the winners in bold!
Outstanding Drama Series: B&B, DAYS, GH, OLTL, Y&R
Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie, B&B)
Peggy McCay (Caroline, DAYS)
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R)
Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R)
Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R)
Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH)
Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, GH)
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R)
Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R)
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B)
Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days)
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH)
Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R)
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R)
Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, GH)
Hunter King (Summer, Y&R)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B)
Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina, GH)
Max Ehrich (Fen, Y&R)
Bryton James (Devon, Y&R)
Chandler Massey (Will, Days)
Freddie Smith (Sonny, Days)
The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards to honor
those behind the scenes was
held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los
Angeles, CA. Here's the list of nominations with the winners in bold:
Art Direction: Days, GH, Y&R
Casting: Days, GH, Y&R
Costume Design: B&B, Days, GH, Y&R
Hairstyling: B&B, Days, Y&R
Lighting Direction: B&B, Days, GH, Y&R ---> A tie
Sound Mixing: Days, GH
Makeup: Days, GH, Y&R
Editing: B&B, Days, GH, OLTL ---> A tie
Music: B&B, Days, GH, Y&R
Original Song: B&B, Y&R
Technical Direction: B&B, Days, GH, Y&R
Stunt Coordination: B&B, Days, GH
The Smithsonian Institute has partnered with the National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to bring some of the most iconic daytime
television memorabilia to the national museum, such as costumes, props,
scripts, awards, and much more!
Hulu has exclusively launched the longest-running British soap opera
Americans can now join the ranks of "Corrie" superfans like Snoop Dogg,
Link Piers Morgan, Cheryl Cole and Sir Anthony Hopkins, who are
openly obsessed with the 53 year-old daily drama that has given viewers
stunning bombshells, breakups, 39 births, 120 deaths and 88 weddings.
Hulu and Hulu Plus subscribers will have immediate access to eleven episodes
from the current season plus two “Christmas Special” bonus episodes – packed
full of weddings, birthdays, affairs, and betrayals.
Fans won’t be left in suspense as the drama unfolds--new episodes post
daily, two weeks after they debut in the U.K.! Will an affair keep Tyrone
and Kirsty from tying the knot? Will Roy accept help from Mary after an
accident leaves him injured? U.S. “Corrie” fans will surely find out!
Here's the URL for more info:
As Sir Anthony Hopkins said “Life isn’t worth living if I miss an episode of
Coronation Street.” We hope you readers will have the same enthusiasm for
*About Coronation Street: *
Britain's favorite drama series Coronation Street is loved by millions of
fans worldwide. For five decades viewers have been gripped by the domestic
dramas of these ordinary people on the fictional cobbled street in
Manchester. The roll call of iconic characters over the years is endless,
with approximately 5,000 characters. The street has seen it all, from
affairs of the heart to domestic disasters. With over 7,500 episodes there
have been 39 births, 120 deaths and 88 weddings. IMDb:
For information about the returning soaps All My Children
and One Life to Live, please go to those sections!
A UK professor of natural languages is using our soap transcripts for her
The Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards to honor those behind
the scenes was held at the Westin Bonaventure on Sunday, June 17, 2012. GH
was the most winning soap, taking home statues for Casting, Costume Design,
Song, and Technical Direction; Days won for Makeup and Stunt Coordination;
B&B won Art Direction/Set Direction and tied Y&R for Hairstyling; AMC was
the winner in Editing and tied Y&R for Sound Mixing; OLTL won Lighting; and
Y&R took home Score.
The 33rd Annual Young Artist Awards were given out on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Robbie Tucker (Fen, Y&R) tied Tate Berney (ex-AJ, AMC) for Best Performance in a
Daytime TV Series in the 12 and Under category, while Andrew Trischitta
(ex-Jack, OLTL) and Austin Williams (ex-Shane, OLTL) tied in the category's
older group. Haley Pullos (Molly, GH) took home two awards: Best Guest Starring
Young Actress 11-13 category for her appearance on "House" and Best Performance
in a Daytime TV Series. Danielle Parker (ex-Emma, AMC) won for the same title in
the 10 and Under category. Emily Alyn Lind (ex-Emma, AMC) won the Best
Performance in a TV Series by a Recurring Young Actress 10 and Under for her
role on "Revenge," while Erin Sanders (ex-Eden, Y&R) was named in the Recurring
Actress 17-21 category for her part on Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush."
After 22 years, "Soap Opera Weekly" ceased publication with its April
10, 2012 issue.
SOAPnet isn't fading to black soon. "It will remain available for an
undetermined period of time as additional carriage deals for Disney Junior
are finalized with distributors," says a spokesperson for the network.
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