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International Distribution of Classic P&G Soaps
Topic Started: Oct 2 2011, 03:58 AM (1,296 Views)
SpiralParadox
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Earlier this year, Broadway Video Digital Distribution scored the worldwide rights, across multiple platforms, to a collection of soaps produced by P&G Productions, a division of consumer-products giant Proctor & Gamble. The slate is led by As the World Turns, with about 7,700 episodes that aired from 1979 to 2010, and Guiding Light, with 5,400 episodes spanning 1988 to 2009. "Guiding Light actually is the longest running show in television history but nothing was recorded prior to 1988," says Mark Yates, the company’s president. Together with Another World, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and the short-lived Texas, the soaps will be showcased to buyers at MIPCOM.


http://www.worldscreen.com/articles/display/31645
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blueskies
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wow, that sucks that nothing was recorded of GL before 1988.
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darraholic
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I don't honestly believe that about GL.

I still don't understand why these companies don't make the episodes available online. Since we'll never see them on DVD's, they might as well make them available and make some profits, either by memberships or from advertising, yet they continue to sit in the vault getting dusty and making no profit from it.
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Matt
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I don't know why P&G doesn't just set up their own video website ala Hulu but just for classic P&G soaps that's solely ad supported by P&G products (or you can pay a montly membership fee for no ads or increased quality or whatever).
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Mitchapalooza
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Wow this is so cool...so we will be able to watch classic episodes of all of these soaps?

Sony should do this for DAYS/Y&R as well...it would really cost them nothing to have these shows available online for people to watch...i would certainly pay to have access!
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darraholic
Oct 2 2011, 10:18 AM
I don't honestly believe that about GL.

I still don't understand why these companies don't make the episodes available online. Since we'll never see them on DVD's, they might as well make them available and make some profits, either by memberships or from advertising, yet they continue to sit in the vault getting dusty and making no profit from it.
I've seen episodes of GL that exist from earlier than '88! I remember there being a problem about the show even presenting flashbacks from the early to mid-'80s over licensing problems with the large amount of popular music the soap used during those years! They toned it down a bit after that and I remember the show still using then-current music into the '90's and even on rare occasions in the last years! But the early 1980s were practically music videos with dialogue over the songs in many scenes! Not sure if that has anything to do with that pre-1988 business!
Edited by Grandpa Hughes, Oct 3 2011, 03:04 PM.
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Drew
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CBS aired a 1982 GL didn't they when they did the Soap Classics thing?
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Drew
Oct 3 2011, 03:10 PM
CBS aired a 1982 GL didn't they when they did the Soap Classics thing?
Yes! The episodes exist! I'm not sure what the problem is for P&G where GL is concerned! That music stuff was all I could think of! It was an article in SOD or SOW where whichever hack was producing the show at the time mentioned not being able to show a full flashback scene of the "FOUR MUSKETER'S" prom!
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Matt
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I thought that '1988' date was weird unless it was just a typo since, for my understanding, most soaps (P&G and ABC most notibly) didn't start saving stuff until 1978. Also, GL was already being shown in other countries by the early 1980s (I believe), so that material had to have been saved somehow.
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Drew
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Unless those episodes have since become unavailable due to bad storage / damage issues?
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RogerNewcomb
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Guiding Light exists from 1979 onward just like ATWT and the other P&G shows. The article was incorrect. Before that it's just random episodes that were saved and not overwritten due to wiping.
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RogerNewcomb
Oct 3 2011, 04:38 PM
Guiding Light exists from 1979 onward just like ATWT and the other P&G shows. The article was incorrect. Before that it's just random episodes that were saved and not overwritten due to wiping.
Ah, great news. Thanks, Roger. :D
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