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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.


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


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Soap Opera Digest Previews New Soapy Dramedy “Tainted Dreams”

Soap Opera Digest‘s Jan. 14, 2013 issue includes an exclusive first look at the new soap-dramedy Tainted Dreams from NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS. The feature article includes interviews with key cast members and creator/executive producer Sonia Blangiardo.

Discover what some of your favorite stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and As The World Turns have been doing lately and what inspired them to join the cast of Tainted Dreams. Plus, get a first glimpse inside the psyche of their new Tainted Dreams characters:  Angelica, Gregory, Peyton, Courtney, Veronica and Jordan.

The juicy details about Tainted Dreams start on page 64.

NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS Launches Brand New Website!

Welcome to NYCBP, a company dedicated to creating high quality original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows.  We are pleased to bring you this all-new website, and look forward to sharing with you lots of new and exciting content in the next days and weeks to come!  Sign up for our mailing list to be among the first to know more!

At the height of the ”soap”, New York City was home to most productions in this genre. The last episode of those New York City-based productions aired on January 13, 2012.  Our name, NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, is a nod to those soap operas and the many talented writers, producers and actors who graced them for decades. We embrace the spirit of New York City based-television productions and pledge to continue their long tradition.

NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS’ cinematic shows span the spectrum from scripted drama to reality. Whether produced for traditional broadcast media or for the Internet, we believe all shows should be produced with a high level of excellence. Toward that end, look for quality Internet and traditional broadcast shows from NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS.

NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS is excited to be bringing you our first scripted program, Tainted Dreams, packed with an all-star cast and slated to commence production in mid-2013 and C.A.W.L. to Arms, an action-packed reality show also slated for production in 2013.  In November 2012 the revival of the stage play, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, directed by NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS founder Sonia Blangiardo, opened in New York City and continues to enjoy a strong following.

We look forward to entertaining you and invite you to join us on our journey.

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Maree Blackston

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