PRESS RELEASE: Dina Manzo Set to Star in “Tainted Dreams”


Dina Manzo Set to Star in “Tainted Dreams”  

NEW YORK CITY, Jan. 30, 2013 – Glamorous host of HGTV’s “Dina’s Party” and former star of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Dina Manzo is slated to join the cast of NYC Brand Production’s “Tainted Dreams,” a new dramedy set behind-the-scenes of a New York-based daily soap opera modeled after such iconic shows as “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns.” No stranger to the real-life drama occurring behind-the-scenes of a TV show, Manzo will play “Alessandra DiGiacomo,” a smart and successful NYC corporate CEO whose younger gay brother (Anthony Wilkinson) will face unexpected circumstances due to his sexuality. “Tainted Dreams” begins filming in May in New York.

Dina Manzo on her decision to join the cast of “Tainted Dreams”:   “Coming from a large Italian family, I was immediately drawn to the character of Alessandra’s family dynamic, and as a long-time fan of ‘One Life to Live,’ I am excited to be part of a project centered around the rich, proud heritage of NYC-based daytime drama.”

Emmy-winning director and “Tainted Dreams” creator, Sonia Blangiardo discloses, “I created the role of “Alessandra” with Dina Manzo in mind, and we are thrilled to have her join our cast.  Her constant support of the gay community and her talent makes her the perfect choice for this series.”

“Tainted Dreams” boasts a unique combination of high profile soap stars, reality stars, sports figures, singers and theater actors. To date, casting announcements for “Tainted Dreams” include Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As The World Turns”), Walt Willey (“All My Children”), Marnie Schulenburg (“As The World Turns”), Michael Lowry (“All My Children”) and Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding”).

According to Blangiardo, “in 2012 when the last daytime drama produced in NYC left the air, I was struck by the loss of this unique art-form that had been such an integral part of NYC for decades. I wanted to somehow capture my own two decades working behind the scenes of three different NYC-based soaps. ‘Tainted Dreams’ is an homage to the casts and crews of those New York-based soaps that brought so much joy to so many for over half a century.” While Blangiardo currently directs for “General Hospital” in Los Angeles, she also worked on the last three New York-based soaps, “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” and “One Life to Live.”

Distribution details for “Tainted Dreams” are not yet finalized.


About NYC Brand Productions:

NYC Brand Productions is a New York-based full-service company dedicated to producing high quality, original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows.


Contact:  Maree Blackston

Phone:  864-593-8115

Fax:  864-242-5679





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