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Prospect Park Names Tech Pioneer Stratton Sclavos as Partner & Member of Exec Team in Company's Online Venture!

More good news out of Prospect Park today, that once again illustrates to any naysayers out there, that PP’s partners,  Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank have a very huge and innovative venture on their hands and they are ramping up to play big time!

In a press release that went out this afternoon, Prospect Park named technology pioneer and former Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of VeriSign Inc,  Stratton Scalvos, as partner and a key member of the executive team of the company’s new online platform.  The new online venture will feature original content that the company will produce and deliver including All My Children and One Life to Live as well as other episodic programming to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets.

Check out the press release in full after the jump.  so you can get a taste of where this emerging leader in Internet programming and convergence is headed!

“Radar Partners’ Stratton Sclavos is joining the new television online network formed by Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank’s Prospect Park, the management, media and production company that recently forged a multi-year, multi-platform licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group to continue production of All My Children and One Life to Live after the ABC run ends.

Sclavos was formerly Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of VeriSign Inc. where he started as one of its first employees in 1995 and led the company as it grew into an international corporation with over 4,000 professionals and $1.6 billion in revenues. Under his leadership, VeriSign became a Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 company listed on the NASDAQ market. In his new role as a partner, executive and board member, Sclavos will advise the network on technology, infrastructure and overall content delivery. Azure Capital’s Mike Kwatinetz, who was also named to the network’s board, will provide the company with comprehensive strategic guidance.

“With a best in class team, proprietary programming and an opportunity to reshape the television landscape, I could not be more excited to be joining Jeff and Rich in their new venture,” said Sclavos who will also continue with his responsibilities at Radar Partners. “I believe that we have the breakthrough formula for delivering the first online channel for high quality, first-run, long form content.”

“Stratton has a deep understanding of the complicated opportunities and challenges facing content companies in this digital age. He shares with us a common commitment and vision to not only deliver audiences great content anytime and anywhere, but to truly transform the entertainment landscape using the ease of technology to tell and deliver stories to people around the world,” said Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank.

Through its new online network, Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running soap operas as well as other episodic programming to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets.

During Sclavos’ time at VeriSign, the company built and operated a global infrastructure supporting Internet addressing, e-commerce and telecommunications services. On a daily basis VeriSign systems enabled over 25 billion interactions for consumers and businesses and the company’s infrastructure delivered a new standard for scalability and quality performing at 100% availability for over a decade.

In November 2007, Sclavos retired from VeriSign and joined Radar Partners, a private investment firm with interests in public and private equity, venture capital, natural resources and real estate. He also holds an ownership stake in Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVSE), the parent company of the San Jose Sharks professional hockey team. SVSE is a diversified corporation with ownership interests in professional and minor league hockey and other entertainment assets. He has also been privileged to serve on several Presidential advisory committees including the NSTAC and PCAST. Sclavos currently sits on the boards of Salesforce.com and Juniper Networks and also acts as a Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence.

New Board Member Mike Kwatinetz said, “I have been fortunate enough to have been involved with some of the biggest disruptive companies of the past two decades. I believe Prospect Park’s new online venture is going to be added to the list as its combination of team, properties and strategy changes the landscape for television and the web.”

Mike Kwatinetz is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $650 million under management, where he specializes in software, media and related web properties. His current board memberships are BlogHer, Cooking.com, Education.com, Knowledge Adventure, Medsphere, Rooftop Comedy, and Open Road, the first venture-backed eBook publisher led by the former CEO of Harper Collins. He also served on the boards of The Firm, Woodbury Computer Associates (acquired by JWP), Bill Me Later (acquired by eBay in largest VC tech outcome in 2008), TopTier (acquired by SAP in largest VC-backed software outcome in 2001), TripIt (acquired by Concur), and Wildseed (acquired by AOL). Other representative investments include VMware (acquired by EMC), the largest software company created in the past 12 years and the largest venture-backed outcome in 2003. Prior to Azure, Mike Kwatinetz was one of the country’s highest ranked analysts and served as Group Head of Technology Research, a Managing Director and the senior software and hardware analyst at several major investment banks, including Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank Securities, and PaineWebber.

Prospect Park is a media and production company founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. Along with successful film and music divisions, the company’s television group has numerous shows in development and breakout network hits airing including Royal Pains and Wilfred.”

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david
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david

Get over congratulating each other and get to work on fixing OLTL by resigning all the major actors who left or are leaving, or all this mutual admiration will be a waste of time.

brian
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brian

Yes, very true, for as much as we all love “One Life To Live” we need the original actors who have alway made the show what it is, too stop looking for other projects, and Propect Park needs to get them all signed and remain with the show. I think that in all this great news, this is the one thing that is truly the most important thing for our beloved show. Could anyone even imagine the show without Vicki, Dorian, Clint, Nora, Blair , Tea, Todd(s), need i go on, and sorry to all the wonderful cast not yet… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

Totally agree with you both….

Kathy Eselhorst
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Kathy Eselhorst

Prospect Park:I found out during the night that you have pulled the plug on OLTL and AMC. What kind of Thanksgiving to you think that 2 crews and technicians are going to have? Also hundreds of fans whose hope you built up only to pull the rug out from under them. I don’t know what kind of game you are playing but I am not buying. I will not watch anything that your organization puts out nor will I ever go to your website again. You are an embarrassment to the soap community and I am sorry for the people… Read more »

Jeannie
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Jeannie

Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us to not lose One Life To Live. It is such a part of so many lives and it is wonderful to know that we won’t be losing it. Thanks Prospect Park!!!

Wally
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Wally

I believe that Prospect Park has every intention of trying to put the 2 soaps on the internet. If you really want to know what there chances of success are look at Jacob Young’s comments on wny he chose to go back to B&B.

Adam
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Adam

Your right Wally, audience who watches soaps on TV not computer literate

Roberta
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Roberta

Can’t thank you enough for saving our beloved soaps. You will find out how loyal soap fans are, not only will we watch our soaps, but anything else PP gives us.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

David you are sooo right ! Tell me how they are going to have a budget for these actors online? I am afraid it won’t be the shows you have watched over the years!

DeAnna
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DeAnna

Too many naysayers! There is so much going on behind the scenes that we are unaware of. I fear the lost of actors as much as everyone else. However, I am sure that PP understands that the shows will not be successful without as many of the current cast members as possible and are working to make good things happen. We need to stop all the negativity and show some support. Stop looking at the glass half empty. It was just a month ago the shows were canceled and now they are not. Online is my my top choice for… Read more »

Outspoken
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Outspoken

how do we get in touch with PP…. I and many others need to know… pls respond! Thanx

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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