Press Through February 8, 2010

Prior Press Releases:  April 6, 2009 – February 8, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010 ABC Television Network GENERAL HOSPITAL MARKS 12,000 EPISODES IN OVER 46 YEARS

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING “GENERAL HOSPITAL” MARKS 12,000 EPISODES IN OVER 46 YEARS

Reaching Same Achievement Would Entail a Traditional 22-Episode Series to Be on Air for 545 1/2 Years

On TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, the multi-award winning daytime drama “General Hospital” will celebrate a milestone of 12,000 episodes.

Over the course of its long run, “General Hospital” has been known and praised for its cutting-edge and pro-social storylines to elevate public awareness of important issues such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexual assault and heart disease; memorable characters and high-profile stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Ricky Martin, Rick Springfield, Vanessa Marcil, John Stamos and the recent multi-episode story arc featuring James Franco (“Milk,” “Pineapple Express” and “Freaks & Geeks”); and being a leader using state-of-the art technology, including CGI green-screen to enhance the viewing process and going high-definition in 2009. In addition, the wedding of original supercouple Luke and Laura garnered a still-record 30 million viewers who tuned in to one of pop culture’s most memorable moments in television history.

“In any climate, it is amazing that we have the opportunity to celebrate such a momentous occasion,” says Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. “This milestone honors the strength of the daytime drama and looks to the future that ‘General Hospital’ will continue to air many, many more episodes.”

The week’s storyline, which falls in the middle of February sweeps, will not disappoint viewers, as many of the series’ top characters are front and center, and as the fallout continues from mobster Sonny Corinthos’ learning that undercover cop Dante is his son, Elizabeth figures out who the father of her unborn child is and as Dante and Lulu’s relationship comes to a crossroads.

Named to Time’s Top 100 Television Shows of All Time, “General Hospital” – celebrating 47 years on April 1 – continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles in upstate New York. Winner of a record-setting 10 Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC and rates as one of the top-rated Daytime programs in the key demographic of Women 18-49.

“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Jill Farren Phelps is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Bob Guza is the head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.


June 4, 2009

WITH STOPS IN GEORGIA AND TEXAS, WITH FREE EVENTS AT COUNTRY
MUSIC STAR SARA EVANS’ CONCERT DATES IN MABLETON, GEORGIA
ON AUGUST 8 AND FORT WORTH, TEXAS ON AUGUST 22 Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Kassie DePaiva, Bobbie Eakes,
Melissa Claire Egan, Jamie Luner, Chrishell Stause, Kirsten Storms, Darnell Williams
and Bree Williamson to Appear as Part of Free Pre-Concert Festivities

A Special Performance by “The Divas of Daytime,” Kassie DePaiva, Bobbie Eakes
and Kathy Brier, Will Take Place at the Ft. Worth Event

American Red Cross Blood Services Regions Will Also Be on Site
at Both Events to Collect Blood Donations

“General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson will host both events. The ABC Daytime talent confirmed to attend the Mableton pre-concert events include Melissa Claire Egan and Darnell Williams from “All My Children”; Bree Williamson from “One Life to Live”; and Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms from “General Hospital.” The Ft. Worth talent appearing include Bobbie Eakes, Jamie Luner and Chrishell Stause from “All My Children,” and Kassie DePaiva and Bree Williamson from “One Life to Live.” A special musical performance by “The Divas of Daytime,” Kassie DePaiva, Bobbie Eakes and Kathy Brier, will take place at the Ft. Worth Event.

Throughout the afternoon, the free events open to the public will include talent autograph signings, meet and greets, games, auction items and giveaways. Sara Evans ticket holders who attend will receive a special premium. Talent is subject to change. Additional ABC talent will be announced in the near future. Check www.soapnet.com for schedules and talent updates.

Additionally, The American Red Cross Blood Services will also be on site at in both Mableton, GA and Ft Worth, TX to encourage and collect blood donations. Sara Evans has lent her support as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet member since 2005. Every two seconds someone needs blood. Call the American Red Cross at 1 800 GIVE LIFE (800 448-3543) or visit www.givelife.org (sponsor code: soapnation) to learn more and make an appointment to donate blood.

ABC Daytime and SOAPnet are the presenting sponsor of Sara Evans’ nationwide summer tour. As part of the Soap Nation Tour, ABC Daytime will execute on-site events in key markets with soap talent, as well as maintain a presence at all Evans’ tour stops and offer affiliate promotional opportunities.

Annually producing over 1000 hours of original programming, ABC Daytime consists of “The View,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital,” and consistently ranks as one of the top lineups among the key demographic of Women 18-49. In addition, “General Hospital” holds the record of 10 Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama.

SOAPnet owns the world of character-driven soapy drama, from daytime and primetime soaps, to reality shows and movies. The network features same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas including “All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless”; favorite primetime series “The O.C.,” “One Tree Hill” “Gilmore Girls” and “Beverly Hills 90210”; and original programs including “Southern Belles: Louisville,” “Holidate” and “Being Erica.” Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet is the one destination for stories focused on real emotions and revealing truths about intriguing yet flawed characters. Content to support all of SOAPnet’s programming will be available on soapnet.com including everything from select video extras, games and blogs to community forums, photos and downloadables.


April 3, 2009

ABC DAYTIME AND SOAPNET SIGN ON AS THE PRESENTING SPONSOR

OF STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL, APRIL 25 & 26

Network Talent, Including Steve Burton, Bobbie Eakes and Bree Williamson,

to Appear as Part of Weekend’s Festivities

Stagecoach is also the most recent step in ABC Daytime and SOAPnet’s multi-faceted music strategy. Seen as a key promotional platform and a way to reach highly engaged women, the networks have the ability to connect their dedicated audience with new music. The initiative includes sponsoring tours, integrated in-show performances and promoting new songs in on and off air–marketing campaigns.

“We know through research and our past experiences with country music events that country music is one of the popular music categories among our fan base,” said Adam Rockmore, senior vice president, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Marketing. “The benefit of sponsoring this event is two-fold: we are able to super-serve our daytime fans and also gain exposure and credibility with a whole new audience, ultimately enabling us to grow our viewership.”

STAGECOACH: California’s Country Music Festival features a mix of artists from the genres of mainstream country, bluegrass, folk, roots rock and alt-country performing in three distinct performance areas. The now critically acclaimed gathering also includes a variety of activities, including a leading BBQ competition and expanded camping area with amenities exclusive to campers. This year’s lineup features some of the top talent in the country music world today, including headliners Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Reba and Kid Rock. Reserved ticket prices start at $299 for a full weekend of entertainment. In addition, a limited number of general admission tickets, camping and RV packages are also available. To view the full artist lineup, a complete breakdown of available ticketing and onsite camping/RV options, please visit www.Stagecoachfestival.com.

Annually producing over 1000 hours of original programming, ABC Daytime consists of “The View,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital,” and consistently ranks as one of the top lineups among the key demographic of Women 18-49. In addition, “General Hospital” holds the record of 10 Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama.

SOAPnet owns the world of character-driven soapy drama, from daytime and primetime soaps, to reality shows and movies. The network features same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas including “All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” “One Life to Live,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless”; favorite primetime series “The O.C.,” “One Tree Hill” and “Beverly Hills 90210”; and original programs including “Greg Behrendt’s Wake Up Call,” “Being Erica,” “MVP” and “General Hospital: Night Shift.” Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet is the one destination for stories focused on real emotions and revealing truths about intriguing yet flawed characters.


April 7, 2009

ABC’S “GENERAL HOSPITAL” PARTNERS WITH POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL

TO LAUNCH PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

PSA Featuring Kimberly McCullough to Air on April 16;

May Sweep Storyline Will Integrate Real Life Mothers Afflicted with Illness

ABC’s top-rated daytime drama “General Hospital” has partnered with Postpartum Support International (PSI) to feature a public service announcement (PSA) on postpartum depression, it was announced today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group and Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, president, PSI.

The informative PSA will air immediately following the THURSDAY, APRIL 16 episode featuring the ongoing storyline centered on Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and her battle with the illness following the birth or her daughter, Emma. During May sweeps, she will finally come to terms with the affliction, deciding to seek professional help, and later join a support group that will be cast with real-life mothers who had postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is experienced by nearly one million women in the United States each year. The PSA will include information on the symptoms of postpartum depression, as well as how to contact Postpartum Support International to get help. It will remind new mothers and family members that no one is to blame for this illness, and that it is a treatable medical disease.

“As our viewers expect to be entertained each day, they also want to be educated when an important medical issue is integrated into storyline. I am sure some members of our audience are either directly affected with post partum depression or know someone who is, and we believe it is important to direct our audience to the organizations that can help them,” said Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer, “General Hospital.”

“PSI is honored that the producers and writers of ‘General Hospital’ felt the topic of postpartum depression was an important one to share with their audience,” said Meyer. “Millions of women’s lives can be saved by ending the fear and isolation of sufferers and offering access to treatment resources. We are grateful to ABC Daytime following up with a public service announcement and helping to raise awareness of what is truly the most common complication of childbirth.”

Meyer served as a medical consultant for the postpartum depression storyline, and the public service announcement was written by PSI board member Katherine Stone.

In the past several years, “General Hospital” has worked alongside and been praised by national organizations for elevating the public awareness of several important health issues. These have included HIV/AIDS, bipolar disorder, drug addiction and breast cancer.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. PSI was founded in 1987 to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional difficulties that women can experience during and after pregnancy. The organization offers support, reliable information, best practice training, and volunteer coordinators in all 50 U.S. states as well as 26 countries around the world. Working together with volunteers, caring professionals, researchers, legislators and others, PSI is committed to eliminating stigma and ensuring that compassionate and quality care is available to all families. To learn more, call PSI at 800-944-4PPD or visit www.postpartum.net.


April 6, 2009

EMMY AWARD-WINNING “GENERAL HOSPITAL” GOES
HIGH-DEFINITION IN TIME FOR MAY SWEEPS

Switch Coincides with Debut of New Hospital Set While Celebrating 46 Years on ABC

Continuing ABC’s lead in providing quality programming with high production values, “General Hospital” will be broadcast in HDTV beginning THURSDAY, APRIL 23, the first day of the May 2009 sweep. Also, the series’ new nurses’ hub set will debut a week earlier to coincide with storyline, as the newly refurbished hospital reopens following a massive explosion that rocked the medical facility. The announcement was made by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group.

“Our loyal viewers will be very pleased with the technology that provides top notch video and audio quality, and shows our commitment to the production of this long-running series, as well as the daytime drama genre. The people and places in Port Charles will never look better,” says Frons.

In addition, other upgrades to production include a faster and more efficient way of recording daily episodes onto computer servers that allow the show producers to use materials faster for post production and distribution purposes, as well as new set lighting that takes advantage of HD technology. Furthermore, the hospital set – including a second story – brings a fresh and contemporary new look to the long-running series, allowing for more interaction among the show’s cast.

General Hospital” becomes the second show in the network’s daytime lineup to be produced in high-definition, after the award-winning “The View” made the transition in 2006. ABC currently broadcasts the majority of its primetime schedule in HDTV, as well as the weekday and weekend editions of the top-rated and popular news program “Good Morning America” and late-night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

All of ABC’s HDTV programs use 720 Progressive (720P), the network’s selected format.

“General Hospital” celebrates 46 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2009, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on the ABC Television Network, having aired over 11,500 episodes. A winner of a record ten Emmys for Best Daytime Drama, “General Hospital” consistently rates as one of the top daytime programs with Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Jill Farren Phelps is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. “General Hospital” airs weekdays (3:00-4:00 p.m., ET, 2:00-3:00 p.m., PT) on the ABC Television Network, as well as weeknights (10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on SOAPnet. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.

“General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET and 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Recently awarded a record 10th Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrates 46 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2009, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired more than 11,500 episodes. “General Hospital” is consistently one of the top Daytime programs in the key demographic of Women 18-49 and Women 18-34. Created by Frank and Doris Hursley, its executive producer is Jill Farren Phelps, producers are Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry, and head writer is Robert Guza, Jr. ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Stagecoach Country Music Festival powered by Toyota. The event, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, will be a part of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet’s Soap Nation Tour, an ongoing initiative to bring the stars to more fans in more cities more often. As part of the sponsorship, actors from all three soaps, “All My Children” (AMC), “One Life To Live” (OLTL) and “General Hospital” (GH), will be integrated into the event, introducing musical acts and interacting with fans on the Mane Stage. Additionally, ABC and SOAPnet will hold autograph sessions and run giveaways from a branded RV and tent onsite. Talent confirmed to attend (subject to change) include Bobbie Eakes and Melissa Claire Egan from “All My Children,” Bree Williamson from “One Life To Live,” and Brandon Barash, Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst, Kirsten Storms, Jason Thompson and Laura Wright from “General Hospital.” Go to www.soapnet.com for additional details. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join the Red Cross blog at www.redcrosschat.orgThe ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Soap Nation Tour continues in Georgia and Texas with free events to be held before multi-platinum, country music superstar Sara Evans’ tour dates. Actors from all three ABC soaps, “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital,” will participate at on-site events in the afternoon leading up to the Sara Evans concerts at night. The tours will take place on August 8 at Noon in Mableton, Georgia at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater, and on August 22 at Noon in Fort Worth, Texas at Billy Bob’s Texas. Soap Nation is an ongoing initiative to bring ABC Daytime and SOAPnet stars to more fans in more cities more often.

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