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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 »

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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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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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