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On May 9, 2014, Jenn Bishop of TV Source shared Sonia Blangiardo’s latest press release regarding Tainted Dreams and its first Emmy nomination.

 

‘TAINTED DREAMS’ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SONIA BLANGIARDO DISCUSSES HOW EMMY’S ‘NEW APPROACHES’ BRINGS OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

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NYC Brand Productions first scripted series, Tainted Dreams garners its first Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in a new category making its debut this year, Outstanding New Approaches – Drama Series. Tainted Dreams shares its nomination in this category with pioneering programs Devanity, Venice The Series, and The Power Inside.

Tainted Dreams’ executive producer and two-time Emmy-winning director/producer, Sonia Blangiardo says, “All of us at NYC Brand Productions are tremendously grateful to the Academy for recognizing the importance and growth of new approaches to drama, particularly daytime drama. Daytime drama suffered so many losses over the past few years, it is rewarding and gratifying to see its resurgence in general and in particular, to be a part of formulating new models of creating, producing and distributing serial drama. We applaud and thank the Academy for fostering and encouraging these new approaches.”

Blangiardo went on to say, “Our team is genuinely thrilled and humbled to receive an Emmy nomination based on the three webisodes we made available as a sneak peek. With Tainted Dreams, our team wanted to create a high-quality series, accessible to as many viewers as possible, and sustainable for multiple seasons. Finding the right distribution model and platform to achieve our goal is taking longer than we anticipated, but we have more than six hours of Tainted Dreams Season 1 we are excited for fans to see.”

Blangiardo invites everyone to “enjoy our new All-Star promo from the Tainted Dreams cast saluting the collective daytime heritage of our cast, and if you havent seen them, catch our first three Emmy-nominated webisodes free at Tainted Dreams Sneak Peek.”

Tainted Dreams‘ all-star ensemble includes Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Terri Ivens (All My Children), Grant Aleksander (Guiding Light), Kelley Menighan Hensley (As the World Turns), Walt Willey (All My Children), Natalia Livingston (General Hospital), Marnie Schulenburg (As the World Turns), Michael Lowry (All My Children), Austin Peck (Days of our Lives), Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns), Larkin Malloy (Edge of Night and All My Children), Nathan Purdee (One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless), Ilene Kristen (Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live), Tonja Walker (General Hospital and One Life to Live), James DePaiva (One Life to Live), Dina Manzo (Dinas Party and Real Housewives of New Jersey), Lisa Marie Varon (IMPACT WRESTLING), Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz (IMPACT WRESTLING and Big Brother), soap columnist and author of Afternoon Delight:  Why Soaps Still Matter, Carolyn Hinsey and from the Off-Broadway comedy hits, My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral Anthony Wilkinson, Debra Toscano, Paul Moon, Brian Patrick Murphy, Brett Douglas, Erik Ransom, Meagan Robar and Marissa Perry with billboard dance chart topper, Kim Sozzi and introducing newcomer, MaryBeth Griffith of Columbus, Ohio.

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. For more information on NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, visit NYCBrandProductions.com. For more information on Tainted Dreams visit TaintedDreamsTheSeries.com, and for more information on the launch of our new College Arm Wrestling League Championship debuting 7PM ET May 13 on ESPNU, please visit CAWLtoArms.com.

Check out screenshots of the Tainted Dreams‘ stars and Creator/Executive Producer Sonia Blangiardo featured in tonight’s debut of TV GUIDE NETWORK’s new investigative documentary Who Shot the Daytime Soap? It is MUST SEE for fans of the soap genre! If you missed its debut, Who Shot the Daytime Soaps? will re-air several times between now and December 27. Check your local cable or satellite guide for TV Guide Network (TVGN). (Click on photos to enlarge.)

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NEW TV Guide Network documentary “Who Shot the Daytime Soaps,” scheduled for December 16 will feature interviews with the Executive Producer and cast members of “Tainted Dreams.” Read TV Guide’s Michael Logan’s insightful interview with “Who Shot the Daytime Soap” Executive Producer Jim Romanovich and view a clip of the show soap fans will not want to miss! EXCLUSIVE Preview of TVGN’s Who Shot the Daytime Soap?

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In its 12-09-13 edition, Soap Opera Digest catches up with Tainted Dreams’ star Marnie Schulenburg who dishes about getting to know Natalia Livingston and working with soap icon Grant Aleksander. Read the full article on page 52 of the 12-09-13 issue of Soap Digest.

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Reality Tea, a popular blog about all things “reality TV” reports on Dina Manzo’s first day filming Season 1 of Tainted Dreams. Check out their site and this article:  Former Real Housewives Of New Jersey Star Dina Manzo Has Started Filming Scenes For Tainted Dreams.

We Love Soaps , Soap Opera Digest, MomsThoughts, Soap Opera Network, Daytime Confidential and Michael Fairman all reporting iconic Daytime star Larkin Malloy joining the cast of Tainted Dreams in the role of  director “Henry Steinman,” the “Archie Bunker” of the soap genre. Whatever crosses “Henry’s” mind comes out of his mouth…in the most inappropriate way possible.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Guiding Light Alum Grant Aleksander Set to Star in Tainted Dreams

Aleksander Steps Back in Front of Camera in Role of Executive Producer

NEW YORK CITY, June 13, 2013 – Popular The Guiding Light leading man Grant Aleksander, who played the complicated “Phillip Spaulding” on and off for 25 years, will play another deeply conflicted, complex character, “Adam Clark,” in Tainted Dreams. According to Sonia Blangiardo, creator of New York Brand Productions first dramedy, Tainted Dreams, “In a bit of art imitating life, Grant has been focusing behind the scenes honing his directing skills, and we are thrilled he has agreed to step back in front of the camera to play the executive producer of Tainted Dreams fictionalized soap ‘Painted Dreams.'”

 On taking on the role of “Adam Clark” in Tainted Dreams, Grant Aleksander chuckled, “With more than 30 years in daytime both in front of and behind the camera, I have experienced many executive producers, and now it will be fun to actually play one.”

Tainted Dreams is the brainchild 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 believes, “Sometimes what happens behind the scenes is juicier, funnier and more dramatic than anything on the screen. Tainted Dreams provides a rare look, warts and all, at the realistic interaction of the executives, cast and crew involved in producing a daily scripted drama.”

While Grant Aleksander is best known as The Guiding Light’s “Phillip Spaulding,” he also directed episodes of As the World Turns, and in the mid-1990’s he created the memorable role of “Alec McIntyre” on All My Children. Aleksander played the bartender at “Mickey’s Bar” in the 1986 movie Tough Guys, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. In 2006, he appeared in two motion pictures, The Big Bad Swim and the American Civil War film Fields of Freedom. Aleksander was also featured on a variety of episodic television series and made-for-TV movies.

Grant Aleksander is also a man of his word. In the early 1980’s Aleksander attended Washington and Lee College in Virginia where he met his wife, Sherry Ramsey, in a school production of Hamlet in which he starred as “Hamlet” to Ramseys Ophelia.” He left Washington and Lee in his sophomore year when his acting career started to take off. Almost 30 years later, Aleksander” told Washington and Lee News, “Education was important in my family and my parents were upset when I left school, although they understood and supported me. I told them I would absolutely finish my degree at some point and I intended to fulfill that promise. They passed away 20 years ago, and it’s become even more important to me since then.” After The Guiding Light left the air, Aleksander returned to his studies at Washington and Lee where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre in May 2012.

Aleksander is also a widely respected, well-known animal rights activist, as is his wife, Sherry Ramsey, an attorney and Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecutions for The Humane Society of the United States. They live in New York City and New Jersey with their collection of rescue animals.

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), Austin Peck (Days of our Lives), Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns), Anthony Wilkinson (My Big Gay Italian Wedding and the new My Big Gay Italian Funeral), Lisa Marie Varon (IMPACT WRESTLING) and Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz (IMPACT WRESTLING and Big Brother).

Tainted Dreams begins filming in late July.

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. For more information on NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, visit http://nycbrandproductions.com.

Contact: Maree Blackston

Phone: 864-593-8115

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mblackston@nycbrandproductions.com

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Soap Opera DigestDaytime ConfidentialSoap Opera NetworkWe Love Soaps and Michael Fairman have all reported Guiding Light and All My Children Alum Grant Aleksander has signed on to play Adam Clark, the executive producer of “Painted Dreams”, the fictional show within the web series Tainted Dreams.

Tainted Dreams is set to film starting in late July. NYC Brand Productions is very excited to welcome Grant to an already soap-star studded cast!