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    Two Network Honchos Gone From Daytime!

    Thursday, November 01 2007


    Courtesy of NBC
    In breaking news, Soaps.com has been informed that Vice President of Daytime Programs, Annamarie Kostura, has just been let go by NBC! Although Annamarie joined the network in 1990 as Director of Daytime Programs and casting, her climb to the top happened impressively. She was promoted to Vice President of Daytime Programs and Casting in 1995, assisting in the preimeres and serving as the network executive in charge of Sunset Beach and Passions, until she ultimately advanced to the top daytime position in December 2005 where she supervised the innovative content of Days of Our Lives and Passions as Vice President of NBC’s remaining daytime programs.

    Prior to her home at NBC, and after graduating from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, Annamarie worked as a casting director for ABC’s drama One Life to Live.


    Courtesy of SoapNet
    In other daytime news, it has been announced that Deborah Blackwell, general manager for SoapNet, is stepping down from her position. Although she’ll remain with the network as a consultant until her contact expires next year, her position will not be re-filled rather taken over by television executive Brian Frons, resulting from a decision to merge ABC daytime, Buena Vista Productions and SoapNet under one building.

    Appearing to put the network’s success ahead of everything, Deborah expressed that the decision was best for everyone with anticipation for new challenges ahead in her career. Since Deborah has been with the popular daytime channel, more than 67 million viewers have climbed aboard to view same-day episodes of their favorite soaps – along with other dramas including Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Dallas,” “One Tree Hill,” and “The OC.” In fact, Executive Brian Frons attributes Deborah Blackwell as having a big hand in the channels growth!

    Though Deborah doesn’t know what’s out there for her next, she definitely wants to stay in cable but won’t rule out a job in media. Prior to landing the gig at SoapNet, Deborah was in charge of the startup of MyHome.com and was employed by the William Morris Agency.

    Although we don’t know what the future hold for these two daytime Honchos, Soaps.com wants to wish them the best on their new journeys in life!


    Amy Mistretta
    Assistant to the Editor-In-Chief
    Editor: One Life to Live
    Soaps.com


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Amy_Soaps.com at Thursday, November 01 2007 04:33 PM

    Hi thankgod.

    There has been no news to imply that Days will go to ABC. Till then, we'll all hope Days stays happily on NBC

    Amy
    OLTL Editor

    Posted by couchpotato7 at Friday, November 02 2007 09:23 PM

    writer's strike update!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    strike is now scheduled for monday unless wknd talks continue. a writer's strike to the daytime industry could be a blow that will not be good. this indusrty during the previous strike 20yrs ago brought scripts, characters and show changes that were a nightmare. just as recovery was happenning and numbers were rebuilding came O.J. 24hrs and then cable, tivo and dvr, our industry cannot take more eroding ratimgs or more unscripted talk and game shows which are cheaper to produce.

    Posted by smokeycat at Sunday, November 04 2007 05:51 PM

    You know it really makes me MAD when ALL These STARS GET Specail TREATMENT. When They Get Caught DRINKING & DRIVING All They Do Is GET A SLAP on the Wrist.And They SAY DONT DO THIS Again. If it were YOU or ME We would have to PAY High Insurance for at least 3 years. And or Lose or Lisence. CONCERN from NORTH CAROLINA

    Posted by rocky1117582000 at Sunday, November 18 2007 11:47 PM

    I WANT PASSION BACK.I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO GET THE OTHE CABLE.SO I HAVE YO GO ON MY COMPUTER EVERYDAY TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON.IT'S SO LONG TO READ.I GET OFF AT WORK AT 12:00AM AND I GET DONE AT ABOUT 3:00 or 4:00am.i go to sleep for abut 4 hour's a day.and i am getting very tired.thank's alot sh--! head's.form someone that has been watching passion since it came on t.v.....from washington state.R.L.L.L

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