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NEWS: Northwestern Students Pen ALL MY CHILDREN Episode, Hulu Subscribers Doubled In Past Year

Northwestern students tackle writing ALL MY CHILDREN script
Communication senior Emily Acker, Communication sophomore Benjamin Sullivan-Knoff and Communication junior Hilary Flynn landed the script after winning the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. In addition to penning the episode, the trio is writing, workshopping and rehearsing original plays that will be performed during the Agnes Nixon Festival from May 18 to 19.

This marks the first year the winners of the award will write an episode for the TV show, which ended its 40-year run in 2011 and was relaunched online Monday. Schellhardt said representatives from ALL MY CHILDREN thought it would be a fun opportunity for the students in the festival.

“It’s such an unexpected reward,” Acker said. “It’s invaluable at this stage in our careers to be doing this. It’s hopefully a little taste of success to come.”

Hulu Says Number of Paid Subscribers Has Doubled
Hulu, the online video Web site that has both free and paid services, said Tuesday that it had doubled its number of paying subscribers in the last year, to four million.

The announcement comes at an uncertain time for Hulu, as two of its owners, the Walt Disney Company and News Corporation, weigh whether to sell the company. Last month, the founding chief executive of Hulu, Jason Kilar, stepped down; one of his top lieutenants, Andy Forssell, is now the acting chief executive.

BBC in EastEnders tech challenge
The BBC is joining forces with London’s technology community to launch digital initiatives around its long-running TV soap EastEnders.

The corporation has challenged creatives involved with the forthcoming Digital Shoreditch festival to build viewer interaction with the London-set soap beyond its website, BBC iPlayer, Facebook and Twitter.

The initiative is spearheaded by BBC Marketing and Audiences Lab, a new digital marketing initiative at the pubcaster, and will take place during Digital Shoreditch on May 25 and 26.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL casting new role
B&B is looking for a Caucasian female in her mid-to-late 40s to play Julie Spencer, a beautiful, smart and sophisticated businesswoman. The role is recurring, with a possibility of it becoming contract. The show wants recognizable names only.

THE BAY's Martha Madison is pregnant
The former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress and her husband AJ Gilbert are expecting a baby girl. The actress posted on her Twitter account, "My wise husband once said, "Life isn't a fairy tale. It's a series of complex chapters." This should be fun! #ItsAGirl #HalloweenBaby."

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina) books a pilot
"I booked a pilot for Fox Digital [Studios] and a guest star role on [TNT's] FRANKLIN & BASH," she tells In Depth. "Maybe GH was a good luck charm. I miss it already but am grateful to have found work so quickly!"

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