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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz & Rich Frank Included In Most Intriguing People In Media List!

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Photo Credit: Chapman Baehler

Fantastic news All My Children, One Life to Live and soap fans!  Prospect Park’s wunderkinds, Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank were named this morning to highly respected industry daily newsletter Cynopsis:  Most Intriguing People in Broadcast, Syndication and Production of 2013 honors list!

Cynopsis related on their picks:  “We now turn our attention to the minds driving the on-air content and shows that have changed the way people view appointment television. Our list was selected by the media industry and by Cynopsis staff, and offers a glimpse into the personalities in broadcast, cable and digital who made headlines throughout the industry. Our slate of honorees may have produced a hit series, developed a coveted lineup, overcome a difficult challenge or managed a big deal. All are leaving their mark.  Congratulations to our honorees and we look forward to seeing what they have in store for the years ahead!”

Here is who made the list:

Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer, MASTERPIECE on PBS
Tonia O’Connor, President, Univision
Neal Sabin, Co-President, Weigel Broadcasting
Norm Shapiro, Co-President, Weigel Broadcasting
Chuck Lorre, Creator, Producer, Writer, Two and a Half Men, Mom
Rich Frank, Co-Founder, Prospect Park
Jeff Kwatinez, Co-Founder, Prospect Park
Evan Shapiro, President, Participant Television
Jim Bell, Executive Producer NBC Olympics
Marc DeBevoise, EVP & GM, Entertainment, News & Sports, CBS Interactive
Lauren Lexton, Executive Producer/Co-Founder, Authentic Entertainment
Deborah McDermott, President/CEO, Young Broadcasting
Neal Sabin, Co-President, Weigel Broadcasting
Arthur Smith, Executive Producer/Founder of A. Smith & Co. Productions

So soapers, what do you think of Jeff and Rich making the list?  Does it spell exciting times ahead for groundbreaking soap opera programming?  Weigh-in!

 

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CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I think it’s fantastic that others are taking notice of the work they are doing at Prospect Park. And I am VERY excited to watch two of my favorite shows again!

susan M.
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susan M.

Hopefully OLTL will last a very long time on line! Or maybe come back on the T.V.
one day in the near future! I have my laptop ready to go for 4/29 (Mon.).. I think I read somewhere it starts at 12:00pm on 4/29.. I have been an die-hard OLTL Fan Forever! Llanview here I come! And Landfair TOO!!!!!!!! VIKI !!!!!!

jim
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jim

They all deserved it!

ShannonB
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ShannonB

Great news about the PP execs – sort of on the same topic: Have you heard anything official regarding the fate of Michael Easton and/or Kristen Alderson? I have heard Roger Howarth is being allowed to do both GH & OLTL; am wondering why the same cannot be so for the other 2. Many, many fans would love some information on this!

su0000
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su0000

So far Roger Howarth the person is under contract with ABC and the Todd character is Prospect Parks.. lol
I do not believe that RH has signed a contract with PP; they only leased the character Todd, not the actor RH.

Can’t wait to see how this mess turns out..
None of the actors have to go on with PP, only the characters that could be recast..

Jim
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Jim

Roger Howarth is going to be on OLTL for a few weeks and then go back to GH. He has signed a contract with Prospect Park.

TRW
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TRW

It’s simple. RH agreed to go and the other two havent so far.

Hummingbird
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Hummingbird

From start to finish, I think the job they’re doing is PHENOMINAL. I could not be more proud to support PP new venture bringing our beloved soaps online. Good luck guys!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Well deserved. Kudos & best wishes.

Annie
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Annie

Jeff and Frank are visionaries and deserve the prestige. Like Cady (AMC) and Kelly (OLTL) said, “Bring it on!” Prospect Park is going to take “Soaps” into a new era.

MEG
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MEG

GOOD FOR THEM!

Jane
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Jane

Congratulations Jeff and Frank on your innovative work bringing OLTL and AMC back to life. The fans of both shows are thrilled to watch on April 29th. Thank you so much.

moshane58
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moshane58

Can you get that in ABC’s Executive offices.Personnally to Iger and Sweeney….LOL

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

And mail a copy to Brian Frons.

jim
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jim

Do they even get mail were he belongs? LOL

moshane58
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moshane58

LMAO…

Soulgirl65
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Soulgirl65

I think it is wonderful that soaps are coming online. I remember back in 2009 when Crystal Chappell first tweeted that she was pitching to the networks that online was the future of soaps. I would have liked to have seen her be included on this list because Open Book Productions has been doing it with Venice the Series and now Grove the Series since 2009.

Christina
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Christina

I am thankful that soaps have found a home online. I have been hooked to Open Book Production’s Venice the Series for all three seasons now and am looking forward to season 4. It has been a wonderful way for this Guiding Light fan to see some of my favorite actors and actresses from that show perpetuate online. I have also enjoyed seeing actors from other shows in different roles than they play on tv. I think it is great that Prospect Park is also bringing AMC and OLTL online, but I have to give credit to Open Book Productions… Read more »

Carla
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Carla

Congrats to PP on their new accomplishments.

We should also acknowledge Crystal Chappell and Open Book Productions. They have been pioneering soap to the web since 2009. Venice The Series is currently in production of it’s fourth season after three very successful seasons and an emmy winning 2nd season. The Grove The Series just debutted in January 2013 and already has over 108K views.

Kudos to all !!! Keep the soaps alive !!!

Delainey J
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Delainey J

I agree!! These types of lists only seem to back people with money behind their projects. Can’t believe Two and a Half Men made this list.

Tricia
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Tricia

I congratulate Jeff and Frank. They accomplished a great thing It is wonderful for those of us who love soaps..Any talk of online soaps needs to include the name Crystal Chappell.A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Crystal and her Open Book Productions who really lead the movement of soaps online back in 2009 with Venice. That show is going strong and Open Book has also created The Grove which premiered Jan.,2013 and can be seen on YouTube. Venice is currently shooting its 4th season.

grobles23
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grobles23

I so love that our loved soaps now can be watched online, I so wish for Procter and Gamble to release the rights to Guiding Light. Crystal Chappell is a pioneer on web soaps she has been doing this beautifully since 2009 with Venice The Series and recently with The Grove The Series so sad that her name was not mentioned in this article.

kellie
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kellie

glad for PP but please let the GH3 come back to general hospital . Michael Easton, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson now belong on general hospital. Holding them hostage is wrong. that is not the way to get people to watch your show. I will not be watching as long as you are holding them hostage. enough all ready. sharing them with General Hospital is not a good idea how can you develop story lines with them going back and forth. why would you except them to fly back and forth from the west coast to the east coast not… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

If you watch GH it was very contrived today. Starr has been called back to Llanview, John and Sam decided they are better off staying friends, and Carly told Todd though she loved him, please leave as we will only hurt each other. I heard RH will do both- at least for a while. But there is something in the legal aspect that they can’t be on both on the same day. I personally liked john better on OLTL, but I love Starr and todd on GH. I say get Trevor back on OLTL and have Todd stay in Port… Read more »

Kim A
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Kim A

This is very impressive! The whole Soap Revival Revolution is a winner! Prospect Park, the FANS, the most AMAZING soap-saving groups & their leaders…We’ve come full circle… like, Love and Marriage…Can’t have one without the other!!!

Mary Jo Maltbey
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Mary Jo Maltbey

Just want to say a big Thank You MICHAEL FAIRMAN for all your help with the SOAPS:)

Cassie Hicks
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Cassie Hicks

It’s so humbling for Mr. Kwantinetz and Mr. Frank to be included on that kind of list, so, yes, it does scream exciting times for creating soap opera programming.:)

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Propsect Park pioneers a dimension which transcends traditional television. Theres is cutting edge 21st Century scripted drama bringing big screen sensibilities to small screens anytime and everywhere!

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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