NEWS: Darbo, Brookes, Clare, Jule, Cheer, Roberts

Eisner at NATPE: ‘Evolutionary or Revolutionary…It Can’t Not Happen’
Eisner is the first to admit that he doesn’t know how the industry is going to play out. “I don’t know if it will be evolutionary or revolutionary…but it can’t not happen” (the growth in content made for the Internet), said Eisner. He added that a “death march” has been going on for other media” (i.e., Cable, TV). They are in trouble because there is a more efficient way to share content around the world with the Internet.

VIDEO: Y&R's Kristoff St. John Wishes Darci Strickland a Happy Birthday
St. John appeared on WLTX's FRIENDS @ FIVE to wish the anchor a happy birthday.

DAYS stars join web series MISS BEHAVE
The upcoming web series, MISS BEHAVE, has announced several new cast members including former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actors Jillian Clare, Patrika Darbo, Darin Brooks and Jacee Jule.

P&G's Cheer Launches Sudsy Series
Karl Greenberg writes for Media Post: "Cheer's BRIGHTEN BAY campaign is also a commentary on the very tradition of soap-sponsored daytime drama, with its Web-based tongue-in-cheek meta-soap opera centered in the eponymous seaside town with its requisite handsome doctor, venal villains and sirens, all scheming against each other."

Pernell Roberts, last star of TV's BONANZA, dies
Pernell Roberts, the ruggedly handsome actor who shocked Hollywood by leaving TV's BONANZA at the height of its popularity, then found fame again years later on TRAPPER JOHN, M.D., has died. He was 81.

Actress 'kidnapped' for supporting Sri Lanka’s presidential rival
Writers at the state-run ITN in Sri Lanka faced an unusual challenge when the lead actress in its flagship soap opera was suddenly ditched after declaring support for Sarath Fonseka, the former army chief who is running in today’s presidential election. On January 2, a few days after appearing at a Fonseka rally, Upeksha Swarnamali filmed an episode in which her character had a row with her brother and left home. The next day, she says, her entire filming schedule for January was canceled. Her character was kidnapped and she was dropped for the time being.

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