Thursday, July 23, 2009

News Round-up: DTV, Hearst, Evans, Source, Cole

What do Soap Operas and Social Media have in common?
An interesting comparison of how radio soaps grew out of the Great Depression and social media of today.

Nielsen: Viewing Rebounds After Early Post-DTV Decline
Viewership to TV stations in the two weeks following the June 12 end of full-power analog dipped, according to Nielsen, but that was "largely temporary" and viewing levels have been returning in the ensuing weeks, said the ratings company.

Nielsen also says that most of the homes that got digital-ready in the months just prior to the switch did so by installing a converter box rather than signing up for a multichannel service, though that multichannel pick-up number was still over 20%, and translated to hundreds of thousands of new homes.

Scott Evans mom to play Fish' mom as well on OLTL
Lisa Evans will play her son Scott Evans' (Fish) soap mom, Barbara, on upcoming episodes of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. "She came to set a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to show her around and she met Frank (Valentini, executive producer)," shares Evans. J. Tucker Smith has been cast as Fish's father, George. They'll first air Sept 16.

Source Interlink to receive $1 million incentive from Lee County
On Wednesday, Lee County commissioners unanimously approved a $1 million cash incentive for the company to add up to 350 jobs in Bonita Springs, Florida. Most of the jobs will be filled locally, with some employees transferring from other locations.

Strapped with debt and struggling to make a profit in hard economic times, Source Interlink filed for bankruptcy protection in April after reaching a restructuring agreement with its lenders to cancel nearly $1 billion of debt and to privatize the company. Under the agreement, the lenders have provided another $100 million to the company to keep operations going. It went private in June.

INTERVIEW: B&B's Rick Hearst (Whip)
On Nick and Jackie: "You look at them and you go, 'Really? Mom and son?' Even when I had my first scene, I was looking [at the script], and I thought that was a misprint. And it's not to say anything against Jack Wagner (Nick), or to say Jack is too old to be her son. I mean, the bottom line is, I know how old Lesley-Anne is and I know how old I am, and I know how old Jack is playing, and it doesn't fit [laughs]."

NBC's Ben Silverman: Upfront not as bad as it seems
The upfront market isn’t as bad as predicted, with declines in ad volume but not CPMs, Ben Silverman, co-chair, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, told a Fortune magazine conference, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Broadcast is challenged more than cable, he said, adding that he expects the upfronts to decline overall by less than 10%.

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Evan Alex Cole (Hunter)
Cole was a guest on "BuzzWorthy Radio" on Thursday afternoon.

Groovy Web Soap Opera: EMPIRE
Deep Dish reviews indie soap EMPIRE: "The production values are great, and I especially like the way the EMPIRE magazine graphics are used to introduce scenes. I recommend EMPIRE to any soap opera fan who's hungry for some new sordid suds in their life."


  1. Rick Hearst is so right about Jack Wagner and Leslie Anne Downe. She looks like his sister or even a few years younger than Wagner.

    Downe looked HOT on today's B&B. It's shocking to think that she is recovering from cancer. She is incredibly energetic.

    B&B has found a worthy successor to Sally Spectra in Jackie M. Clearly, the best parts of B&B over the last 2 weeks have all taken place with the Jackie M crew (with the exception of the Katie/Bill scenes).

    More Jackie M! Less Ridge/Taylor/Brook merry-go-round please (Seriously, why would we want to go through another round of Ridge/Brooke/Taylor? Ridge is awful. Taylor is a hypocrite. Broke can do better.