Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) will join a panel about the changes in soap operas at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Los Angeles.

Rogers will speak alongside three co-editors of an upcoming book about the current state and future of soaps. The actor will speak about his contribution to the book and give his perspective on changes in the soap opera industry, soap opera audiences, and with the shows themselves.

His fellow panelists will include UC-Berkeley Professor Abigail De Kosnik, who will discuss how the activities soap opera fans have long engaged in are now being directed toward celebrity gossip; Director of Digital Strategy for public relations agency Peppercom, Sam Ford, who will examine the unique ability of soap operas to tell the daily story of a character from birth through decades of their life, using As the World Turns character Tom Hughes as an example; and Miami University Professor C. Lee Harrington who will share a research project on age and aging in soap operas, based on interviews with a variety of soap opera actors, experts, and fans.

The book, “The Survival of the Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era” will be published later this year.

The panel will be held on March 18 from 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites at 404 South Figueroa Street. For more information go to the Society for Cinema & Media Studies.

To visit our past interview with Professor Sam Ford, please visit Talks To M.I.T Professor About Soaps!