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28 March 19th, 2013 Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz & Rich Frank Included In Most Intriguing People In Media List!

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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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  1. CTwildheart says:

    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. replied

    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 !!!!!!


  2. jim says:

    They all deserved it!


  3. ShannonB says:

    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 replied

    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 replied

    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 replied

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


  4. Hummingbird says:

    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!


  5. MBmomof3 says:

    Well deserved. Kudos & best wishes.


  6. Annie says:

    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.


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  8. Jane says:

    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.


  9. moshane58 says:

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


    MBmomof3 replied

    And mail a copy to Brian Frons.


    jim replied

    Do they even get mail were he belongs? LOL

    moshane58 replied


  10. Soulgirl65 says:

    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.


  11. Christina says:

    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 for helping to blaze the trail.


  12. Carla says:

    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 replied

    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.


  13. Tricia says:

    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.


  14. grobles23 says:

    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.


  15. kellie says:

    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 fair to anyone. please do the right thing and that them back to General hospital


  16. Lin says:

    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 Charles. I like Starr on GH too. but the characters are owned by PP becaust stupid ABC let it go.


  17. Kim A says:

    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!!!


  18. Mary Jo Maltbey says:

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


  19. Cassie Hicks says:

    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.:)


  20. Stephen Parker says:

    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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