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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.

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“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.

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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
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
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 named.

The fans need all of you to stay!!!!

Torrey
Torrey

Totally agree with you both….

Kathy Eselhorst
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 who put their hope in you. They say that when you put your hopes in people you are bound to be disappointed, and that we are. I hope you are happy because during this rough economy you have sentenced to hundreds of people without jobs. I pray God helps them find jobs in their fields and they are not without for long. Kathy Eselhorst

Jeannie
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
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
Adam

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

Roberta
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
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
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 seeing these shows but it is better than nothing. It also appears to not be PP’s top or only choice for the shows either as they have been talking to several networks. They understand that not not everyone has internet. They do not want this to fail anymore than we do. Patience people. PP appears to know what they are doing.

Outspoken
Outspoken

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

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‘The Masked Singer’ Runner-up, Ex- AMC’s Jesse McCartney, Recalls Working With David Canary

If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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So, do you remember when Jesse and David were in Pine Valley together? Share your memories via the comment section below.

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Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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