Sonia Blangiardo

“All My Children” Star Alicia Minshew and “Tainted Dreams” Creator Sonia Blangiardo Visit Dallas’ “Daybreak”

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“All My Children” Star Alicia Minshew and “Tainted Dreams” Creator
Sonia Blangiardo Visit Dallas’ “Daybreak”

Ron Corning Slated to Interview the Pair about Resurgence of Soaps
for WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth’s “Daybreak”

NEW YORK CITY, March 14, 2013 – Sonia Blangiardo, creator and executive producer of the new soapy, scripted drama “Tainted Dreams” and Alicia Minshew, best known for her role on “All My Children” as Kendall, eldest daughter of the iconic Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), will appear in a segment of the Dallas/Fort Worth ABC affiliate WFAA-TV popular morning show, “Daybreak” with host Ron Corning Friday, March 15 at 6 a.m. CDT. The duo will discuss “Tainted Dreams” and the resurgence of scripted programming.

According to Blangiardo, “At its core, ‘Tainted Dreams’ is a ‘soap within a soap’ and provides a realistic look at the lives of the cast and crew of a fictional NYC-based, daytime drama produced five days a week for many years.” Its main character is producer/director, Angelica, played by Minshew, who is busy navigating the craziness of producing a daily soap opera amid balancing the torrid drama of her own life. Blangiardo admits, “The character of Angelica is based on my own life and my 20 years working in NYC-based daytime dramas.”

Minshew, who plays Blangiardo’s  “Tainted Dreams” alter-ego Angelica, has built an impressive acting and modeling resume, appearing in numerous national commercials, voiceovers, print ads, live stage productions and television credits, including “Celebrity Death Match,” “Hit and Runway,” “The Caprice” and a starring role in “Game Day.” Since “All My Children” ended its run on ABC, Minshew has appeared in two independent films, recently finishing a starring role in “Desires of the Heart.” Minshew is slated to star in the pilot “Surviving Sam” with impressionist/comedian Rob Magnotti.

In addition to being the creator and executive producer of “Tainted Dreams,” Blangiardo is currently serving as supervising producer of Prospect Park’s online revival of “All My Children.” While “Tainted Dreams” is set during the last beleaguered decade of NYC-based daytime dramas, in contrast, Blangiardo expresses excitement for the “All My Children” re-birth with Prospect Park, “I am thrilled to be a part of transitioning ‘All My Children’ to a new frontier. Soaps are back, and I am pleased to be a part of their resurgence on several fronts,” enthuses Blangiardo.

With a comedic flair & lots of soapy twists, Blangiardo’s “Tainted Dreams” promises to blow the lid off the behind-the-scenes drama of producing a daily soap opera which Blangiardo, who has worked on “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital,” knows quite well. In addition to Alicia Minshew, “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 Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As The World Turns”), Walt Willey (“All My Children”), Marnie Schulenburg (“As The World Turns”), Michael Lowry (“All My Children”) Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding”) and Austin Peck (“Days of Our Lives”).

Two-time Emmy winning producer and director Blangiardo is the creative force and executive producer of NYC Brand Production’s first scripted drama, “Tainted Dreams” which begins filming in New York in late May. Blangiardo has served as a director for Los Angeles-based “General Hospital” throughout the past year during its creative and ratings renaissance.

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

Email:  mblackston@nycbrandproductions.com

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Austin Peck Latest Soap Hunk Cast in “Tainted Dreams”

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Austin Peck Latest Soap Hunk Cast in “Tainted Dreams”

Peck to the “Max”

Austin Peck from JPI

NEW YORK CITY, March 8, 2013 – NYC Brand Productions has announced veteran star of “Days of our Lives,” “As The World Turns” and “One Life to Live,” Austin Peck is set take on the role of “Max,” a sexy, self-absorbed, womanizing, soap star in “Tainted Dreams,” a new, scripted “soap within a soap” set to blow the lid off the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of producing a daily soap opera.

Peck is no stranger to soaps or its behind-the-scenes drama. In 1995, Peck landed the role of the very popular “Austin” on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” After leaving “Days,” Austin added many small and big screen credits to his resume, including roles in “CSI: NY,” “Strong Medicine,” “The District,” “Charmed,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and the independent movies “Breaking Dawn” and “Dating Games People Play.”

In 2007, Peck took over the role of “Brad Snyder” on CBS’ “As the World Turns,” and in 2011, Peck created the memorable role of smarmy, porno-film producer, “Rick Powers” on ABC’s “One Life To Live.” During his tenure on “One Life to Live,” Peck became engaged to co-star Terri Conn who played the role of “Aubrey Wentworth.” Conn and Peck met while both were working on “As The World Turns” where Conn played “Katie,” and the duo married in July 2011. In November 2012, the Pecks welcomed the birth of their daughter, Keira Grace Peck. Last September, Conn and Peck co-hosted Investigation Discovery’s “Days of Our Knives” “Family Secrets” week.

“Tainted Dreams” is the brain-child of two-time Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo who is currently serving as Supervising Producer of Prospect Park’s reboot of Agnes Nixon’s iconic soap “All My Children.” Blangiardo worked with Peck at both “As The World Turns” and “One Life to Live.”

“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 Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party and “Real Housewives of New Jersey”) 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”).

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

Email:  mblackston@nycbrandproductions.com

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PRESS RELEASE: NYC Brand Production’s Sonia Blangiardo Joins “All My Children” as Supervising Producer

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NYC Brand Production’s Sonia Blangiardo Joins “All My Children” as Supervising Producer

 

Sonia Blangiardo

NYC Brand Productions is pleased to confirm its creative director Sonia Blangiardo will be joining Prospect Park as supervising producer for its revival of Agnes Nixon’s iconic “All My Children.” Two-time Emmy winning producer and director Blangiardo is the creative force and executive producer of NYC Brand Production’s first scripted drama, “Tainted Dreams” which begins filming in New York in May. Blangiardo has served as a director for Los Angeles-based “General Hospital” throughout the past year during its creative and ratings renaissance.

According to Blangiardo, “I’ve loved working with the magnificent cast and crew of General Hospital,’ and I adore the brilliant Frank Valentini from whom I have learned so much during our time together at both ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘General Hospital.'”

Blangiardo continues, “‘All My Children’ was my very first soap, and it has always had a special place in my heart. When ‘All My Children’ Executive Producer Ginger Smith contacted me to serve as her supervising producer, I could not decline. I’ve known Ginger for more than two decades, and if I can help in any way to put Pine Valley back on the map, I am there.”

While “Tainted Dreams” is set during the last beleaguered decade of NYC-based daytime dramas, in contrast, Blangiardo expressed excitement for “All My Children” re-birth with Prospect Park, “I am thrilled to be a part of transitioning ‘All My Children’ to a new frontier. Executive Producer Ginger Smith has some big plans, which long-time fans are going to love.”

With a comedic flair & lots of soapy twists, Blangiardo’s “Tainted Dreams” promises to blow the lid off the behind-the-scenes drama of producing a daily soap opera which Blangiardo, who has worked on “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital,” knows quite well. “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 Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), 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”).

“All My Children” will begin taping on February 25 and is set to premiere on Hulu in April. 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

Email: mblackston@nycbrandproductions.com

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Join Tainted Dreams Creator Sonia Blangiardo on MomsThoughts Radio 2/13/13 at 1:00 PM

Join NYC Brand’s Sonia Blangiardo and Anne Cahalane on The MomsThoughts™ Show on Wednesday, February 13 at 1:00 PM EST.

You can listen to the show at www.blogtalkradio.com/momthoughts or  www.momsthoughts.com A podcast of the show will be available approximately an hour after the show airs.  You can find the podcast on www.momsthoughts.com/podcasts/ (the broadcast is available on itunes, spreaker, stitcher and blogtalkradio).