Blackwell to Leave SoapNet

Oct 29, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Deborah Blackwell, general manager of SoapNet, plans to leave the network early next year.
Ms. Blackwell will not be replaced. The channel’s operations will be managed by Brian Frons, president of daytime for the Disney-ABC Television Group. Ms. Blackwell will remain as a consultant until her contract expires.
Ms. Blackwell said the channel has grown since she joined and the job has changed. The network also was shifted from reporting to the cable networks group to working increasingly closely with the daytime group.
“The entrepreneurial environment of our early days is now different,” she said. “With the recent changes to the group—changes which ensure SoapNet’s continued viability—it just seemed like the best time to move on.”
“I want to thank Deborah for her dedication and leadership. Her influence can be measured in distribution gains, original programming, acquisitions and the strength of SoapNet’s brand,” Mr. Frons said. “She’s built a strong foundation and successfully positioned the channel for future growth.”
(Editor: Robbins)

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