Although they're new--and let's face it, before the ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE acquisitions, few had ever heard of them--Prospect Park is positioned to be a major force in television. That can only be a good thing for the future of daytime soap operas. Here's five points to keep in mind as PP's plan unfolds in the months to come:
1. With Twentieth Century Fox and Scott Free, they produced the 2010 Action film "Unstoppable." Starring Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine, and Denzel Washington, the film grossed $169 million worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Achievement in Sound Editing).
2. In May, they made ABC executive Josh Barry a partner. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Recently, he was senior vp, head of drama development and current programming at ABC Studios. Barry developed DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and GREY'S ANATOMY during his tenure and worked on shows like ALIAS and LOST. BODY OF PROOF was the latest pilot that he played a pivotal role on."
3. They're involved with EDEN and SNATCHED on TNT, ROYAL PAINS and BIG IN JAPAN on USA, and WILFRED on FX.
4. The firm's executive partner has a background in talent management, and he does, on paper at least, seem like quite the "Ari Gold" (Jeremy Piven's character on ENTOURAGE). He was even engaged to Brittany Murphy (Clueless). Jeff Kwatinetz has mostly moved on from music management--and his old company, which was actually named "The Firm." But it appears Prospect Park still manages Ice Cube ("Boyz in the Hood") and Aly and Amanda Michalka (HELLCATS).
5. Even though it's only two years old, Prospect Park has been able to attract top TV talent. It's growth has been sensational. The executive team has a reputation for being hungry and innovative, and has over a century of combined industry experience. With the whole entertainment universe watching them, they are amply motivated to do whatever it takes not just to keep AMC and OLTL alive, but to help them prosper once again.
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