Putting out the Fire with Gasoline
Well.. seems last night The House of Mouse told Daytime Confidential to remove their video of Brian Frons cancelling the soaps AMC and OLTL. Why? Oh, I think we know the answer to that. I wish I would have translated it to type for you all to see-- I wonder if they own the rights to words as well??
If this message was delivered in a classy, professional way--why would they have to take it down? Guess they are embarrassed about the way the whole thing was handled? Hundreds of people told via video they were "shut down" (and a joking story about Agnes Nixon inserted no less??) Kudos to DC for putting it out there and letting at least some of us see what happened April 14th.
The video showed Frons in a room, basically telling employees about the decision to cancel the soaps and what the replacements would be. He thanked everyone for their years of work and also went to to say that "surveys showed females want something different in daytime'. (not sure where that survey was conducted---Siberia perhaps??) Interestingly, Nelson Branco also wrote HE broke the news to Robin Strasser because she wasn't at work that day. If you weren't at work, I guess you were sheeze out of luck. Wonder how you were supposed to find out?
My wish: TMZ gets that video in their inbox...I'm sure their lawyers could wrangle to keep it up on their site.
Just a quick kudos to Luke and Jamey who do a great service to daytime fans-- despite the obvious disdain soap sites get from networks. They have given ABC years of free publicity for their soaps and now then the chips are down, they get something taken away. Jamey was saying he wouldn't remove it, and then Disney flagged the video and it's dark. Speaks volumes, doesn't it?
On another note, ABC comment lines seem to be "down" as well. Stay classy.
WRITE, they can't shut down the damn US Postal Service!! And skip letters to Frons, who cares about him?
Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair Disney Media Networks Division 500 S. Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91521