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NATAS Appoints Adam Sharp As Its President & CEO

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On Tuesday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and its Board of Trustees announced Adam Sharp, former Head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter, has been appointed President & CEO of the organization.

Adam’s resume includes time with NBC and C-SPAN.  He has been working as the Academy’s Interim President & CEO since February, 2018.  As for his duties, Sharp will lead the organization’s operations including sales, promotion, marketing, financial management and planning of its various Emmy Award programs.

“Adam Sharp’s story is truly a unique story of success,” said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “Adam’s career in media began when he was awarded one of our very first National Scholarships, in 1996.  In the two-plus decades that have passed – through Adam’s years with NBC News and C-SPAN, his tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), and his role as Head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter – Adam developed the personal and professional acumen that makes him the ideal candidate to guide our iconic organization. I couldn’t be more pleased by his appointment.”

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“It’s an honor to now be a part of reshaping the definition and recognition of excellence in our space for the years to come,” said Sharp. “The visual media industry is going through myriad, transformative changes on multiple fronts: shifting viewing habits, new technologies, and upended business models. I’m excited to be at the helm of the Academy as the future of our industry evolves.”

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Days of our Lives Shuts Down Production For Two Weeks Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

NBC’s Days of our Lives is the next production to put a halt in their taping schedule due to a positive coronavirus test result.  This one from member of the production team as reported by Deadline.

The long-running soap will now shut down production for two weeks   According to Deadline, “The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions.”

Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

So, what do you think about the halt in production at DAYS due to a Covid-19?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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FRIDAY: Knots Landing Cast Reunion On Tap From ‘Stars in the House’

Seaview circle comes alive again to benefit the Actor’s Fund when the highly successful virtual reunion series “Stars in the House” hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcomes cast members from Knots Landing!

Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This is also the first time the leading stars of the legacy primetime CBS soap opera that ran from 1979-1993 will make an appearance together since the passing of their beloved cast member, Kevin Dobson (Mack).

 

This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

So, will you be checking out the KL special?  Let us know in the comment section below, but first, if you have not done so already, check out Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with Michele, Joan and Doona from earlier this year when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic show.

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Courtney Hope Set For Y&R Debut As Sally Spectra Comes To Genoa City

Finally, we have some answers as to who Courtney Hope will play when she joins the cast of The Young and the Restless!  Now comes word from the CBS Daytime drama that Hope will play her previous soap role of Sally Spectra on The Bold and the Beautiful who now comes to Genoa City!

Many fans of B&B and Y&R were hoping that Courtney would continue her role as Sally on the top rated soap.

Circle, Tuesday November 3rd for Sally’s emergence on-screen and in Genoa City.   In story, Sally will arrive in town looking to make a fresh start, while doing her best to keep her colorful past a secret. She comes to town with an agenda and some surprising connections to key players, including Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman).

 

In a statement, Y&R’s co-executive producer and head writer, Josh Griffith shared: “We really enjoyed Courtney’s work on The Bold and the Beautiful. Sally Spectra is a colorful character that fans love watching. We are excited for her to stir things up in Genoa City and join our talented cast.”

Courtney Hope originated the role of Sally Spectra on B&B back in 2017. Sally was last in Los Angeles and B&B in August 2020 when she left town after her scheme to win back her ex Wyatt fro Flo went bust.

Today, Courtney also posted a photo on her Instagram account outside of her new digs at Y&R with the caption:  “New city, same sass”

So, excited to know that Courtney will be reprising her role of Sally on Y&R? Comment below.

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