August 6, 2013: AE's dishy interview with soap star and producer Crystal Chappell - Dana Piccoli, AfterEllen.com (excerpt)
July 5, 2013: Ricky Paull Goldin Joins 'Beacon Hill' as a Producer
AE: Lastly, I want to talk to you about your new and very exciting project, Beacon Hill. Your production company Open Book, is collaborating with Bella Books to bring us a brand new, lesbian geared webseries. Tell me what you can about it.
CC: It's a political drama. It's about two political families in the Beacon Hill area. Kate and Sara were ex partners, ex lovers, and have gone their separate ways for a while and gotten on with their lives. Circumstances throw them back into each other's world. It's a lot of push-pull, and politics obviously. Ambition, greed, sex.
AE: All of our favorite things!
CC: (laughs) Revenge. It's a good, soapy thing and it's fun, it's really fun. I'm very excited about it. The ladies at Bella Books are just fantastic to work with.
AE: Obviously you are going to be involved behind the scenes, but is there a chance you will be involved in front as well?
CC: There is a chance.*
*It's since been announced that Crystal will be playing the character of Claire Preston on Beacon Hill.
AE: Uh! There's a chance. (laughs)
CC: (laughs) There's a chance. I'm really excited about it. I have such respect for Jessica and Linda (of Bella Books) that it's going to be fun. My head is swimming because I'm actually in the process of casting it. We have some wonderful soap names- daytime actresses that are interested- so I'm excited to make that announcement when it's time.
AE: Timeline wise, when can viewers expect to see it?
CC: I'm guessing, first thing 2014.
AE: Something soapy and wonderful to look forward to in the new year.
August 2, 2013
Melissa Archer Joins The Cast Of Crystal Chappell's Beacon Hill!
More big name soap star casting news to report this afternoon! One Life to Live's Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan) has signed on to Crystal Chappell's upcoming new web series, Beacon Hill!
Melissa will play the role of Evelyn Preston in this soap opera set against a political backdrop. A bit about Archer's new character: Evelyn want to always be sure she is well taken care of – and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She is also the much younger wife of Senator Preston!
The One Life to Live favorite joins Ricky Paull Goldin, Sarah Brown, Louise Sorel and Chappell in the stellar cast with more names to be added in the all-star line-up soon! For more on the web series, check out the Beacon Hill Series Facebook page and their website!
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Tenley Woodman - Inside Track
Boston-born actress Hillary B. Smith has played a nurse ("The Doctors") and a detective ("As the World Turns"), but it's her role as lawyer Nora Buchanan on "One Life to Live" that stuck. The one-time ABC daytime staple celebrates its 45th anniversary Monday, with episodes airing on Oprah Winfrey's network OWN.
"I joined the show 20, 21 years ago. We were having a big 25th anniversary party," Smith told the Track. "It's so interesting. Here we are celebrating the 45th. We have grown and matured, and gotten hip all at the same time," she said.
After being canceled by ABC in 2011, the fictional Llanview, Pa.-set characters found a home online with Prospect Park. The new platform debuted this spring, and OWN has committed to airing episodes of the Stamford, Conn.-filmed show as well as "All My Children" for 10 weeks.
The Dana Hall School and Pine Manor-educated actress plans to return to her roots this fall. The 56-year-old mother of two returns to the Hub as a producer on "Beacon Hill," a new online soap set in the shadow of the State House.
"Boston is very near and dear to my heart," said the one-time Beacon Street resident. "'Beacon Hill' is about political intrigue and relation- ships. Most people don't under-stand the dichotomy of Boston. It will be interesting."
"Beacon Hill" will stream on its own website, beaconhill theseries.com, and stars a who's who of soap opera favorites — Ricky Paull Goldin ("All My Children"), Sarah Brown ("General Hospital"), Louise Sorel ("Days of Our Lives") and Crystal Chappell ("Days of Our Lives").
Goldin also is producer.
File under: As the Brahmin Turns.
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July 5, 2013
Ricky Paull Goldin Joins The Cast & Producing Team of 'BEACON HILL'
The casting of Crystal Chappell’s new web series Beacon Hill just keeps getting more intriguing and more intriguing! This afternoon, Chappell announced that daytime favorite, Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B, Ex-Jake, AMC, EX-Gus, GL) has been added to the cast in the role of Andrew Miller … and that’s not all! Ricky is also coming on board as one of the producers of the new web series!
So here is the lowdown on Ricky’s new role of Andrew Miller, according to the Beacon Hill website, “Katherine’s chief of staff is addicted to power. His ambition and underhanded actions may harm Katherine’s upcoming campaign and ruin any chance she may have to reconnect with Sara.” And as previously reported, Katherine will be played by the one and only Sarah Brown!
Ricky received an onslaught of well-wishes from fans, followers, new and old castmates on Twitter when the news was released of his addition to Beacon Hill. Goldin tweeted after the fervor, “Thanx 4 all the kind tweets. Made my day.xo Very excited about @BeaconHillWeb & working with amazing cast & crew. “
So what do you think of Ricky Paull joining Crystal Chappell, Louise Sorel, Sarah Brown and God knows who else is the political intrigue and romance of Beacon Hill? Let us know!
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July 5, 2013
For Immediate Release
OPEN BOOK PRODUCTIONS AND BELLA BOOKS PRODUCTIONS WELCOMES RICKY PAULL GOLDIN AS A PRODUCER OF BEACON HILL
Open Book Productions and Bella Book Productions welcome Ricky Paull Goldin to the producing team of their new Web Series: "BEACON HILL" – a continuing Drama that centers around the world of politics in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ricky Paull Goldin and his Production Company "GOLDLINE ENTERTAINMENT" are known for producing HGTV's
"Spontaneous Construction" and MTV's "All About the Benjamins".
"BEACON HILL" is Open Book Productions' first production partnership and the first venture into the Web Series genre for Bella Books.
Open Book Productions is an Emmy Award winning New Media Company owned by Actress/Producer Crystal Chappell. Bella Books is the largest publisher devoted exclusively to Lesbian Literature.
Filming is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2013 in and around Boston.
Bella Book Productions and Open Books Productions announced today that former “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” actress, Sarah Joy Brown, has joined the cast of the webs series “Beacon Hill,” which follows the political world in Boston, Massachusetts. Filming is set to begin later this fall in and around Boston.
Brown, who portrayed the roles of Madison James on “DAYS” and Carly Corinthos/Claudia Zacchara on “GH,” will take on the role of state representative Katherine Wesley on “Hill.” The character is described as a “rising star in the Democratic Party, despite her family’s long history as staunch Republicans. Senator [William] Preston’s stroke may give her a chance at a larger prize, but Sara’s [Preston] return could make her doubt her next step.” The roles of Senator Preston and Sara Preston have yet to be cast. In addition to her stints on “DAYS” and “GH,” Brown had roles on various primetime series as well as stints on “As The World Turns” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
The “Hill” cast also includes Crystal Chappell (“Days of our Lives,” “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live“) as Claire Preston along with Louise Sorel as Emily Tanner (“Days of our Lives”). The series is being written by Linda Hill and Emma Ryan.
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Bella Books is proud to announce a new partnership with Open Books Productions – an Emmy Award winning New Media Company owned by Actress/Producer Crystal Chappell. The first venture of this new partnership will be the production of a brand new web series entitled "BEACON HILL" written by Linda Hill and Emma Ryan.
This will be Open Book Productions' first production partnership and the first venture into the Web Series genre for Bella Books.
"BEACON HILL" is a continuing Drama that centers around the world of Politics in Boston, Massachusetts.
Filming is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2013, in and around Boston.
BEACON HILL the Series
Politics and Romance may never be the same.
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