American Media, Inc. Purchases Soap Opera Digest



 



Soap Opera Digest has a new owner. American Media, Inc, which previously licensed the Source Interlink publication, has purchased the magazine brand. According to a press release, Stephanie Sloane will continue on as SOD's editor-in-chief and David Jackson will remain as group publisher.

"Soap Opera Digest is a very important strategic acquisition for AMI as it fits perfectly in the Celebrity & Entertainment Group," said American Media Chairman, President and CEO David J. Pecker
 

Congrats to the peeps at SOD!

 


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I'm too stunned by Peter's picture to comment on the story. LOL

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I remember that issue!

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I don't know if this news is good or bad.

Obviously from my comment name I am a long time SOD fan. In these days of decreasing ratings and slow magazine sales it would be great if SOD went back to its 'glory days.' SOD was much like early internet fan sites in that it included weekly recaps of the stories; including what characters were wearing.

I remember when the synopses were 3-4 pages long and very detailed. At the time, prior to DVR's, the magazine writers had to actually watch the show in order to write their columns. Today, much of the story is provided directly by the networks to the magazine.

I think the mistake was to try to follow the air dates. In the olden days, (oy), the magazine was a couple of weeks behind. With the internet we don't need SOD to have same week coverage. I find it impossible to follow a story in SOD because the synopses are full of unfinished thoughts. However, I would still read a synopsis of the past month if it included some witty banter, much like the DC podcast.

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i remember when there was Soap Opera Magazine, Soap Opera Weekly, Soap Opera Update at the check-out lanes in the stores.

SOU would release a glossy Year In Review issue and i'd buy those.

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Dang Bo and Carly used to be hot together Sad

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I hope this means a future for the magazine, but sometimes a company buys properties to shut them down a few months later and take the tax write-off.

Always the optimistic. That's me.

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When I started reading and buying SOD, Meredith Berlin was Editor In Chief and it was published every other week.

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I still have this issue of SOD in mint condition. Woot

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I love this cover. Bo and Carly are sizzling. Were then and are now. If SOD started producing covers like this again, I'd buy them! #Danika anyone?

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This is the best SOD cover ever! When the mags question whether the passion is real, you know the couple is hot. And they were still hot 20 years later!

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I used to buy all the different types of soap magazines, man there used to be so many of them! Even special ones that only came out a few times a year. I still have a lot of them in storage.
I especially bought them if Guiding Light was on the cover. But I stopped buying them when GL was going downhill (when Wheeler/Kreizman took over).
I am surprised that another company bought them, but that's a good sign. But hopefully they won't fill it with mostly nighttime soaps and things like the kardashians, etc.

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Ryan-Scott wrote:
When I started reading and buying SOD, Meredith Berlin was Editor In Chief and it was published every other week.

That's a funny memory - those editor pictures of Meredith Berlin with her 80's perm/Rosanne Rosanna Danna hair - she was glam

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I wonder if this is why I wasn't flooded with renewal requests when my subscription ran out?Usually you get them early on,and I was surprised I didn't.Didn't even realize my sub had run out,just thought the post office lost the mags(happens alot).Getting it on my kindle now,but miss holding the mag.

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Those were the days sodsince16!
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I too miss all of those soap magazines. Every Tuesday I would run out to buy them, always excited to get Soap Opera Weekly. I hope this is good news for Soap Opera Digest, I still read it and am not ready to say goodbye to yet another soap staple.

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Damn, Peter Reckell looks good there. Don't even care what this article is about, haha Smile

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Seems like a strange business purchase to me. The obvious decline of print media and the soap industry make me wonder why a company would buy a soap mag these days. I love the soap magazines though I haven't bought one in years. Hopefully this company knows something we don't and some innovative ideas. Regardless it's great to see a business taking an interest.

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I think there's reason to be concerned, dellygrim. American Media (which also publishes the National Enquirer and a bunch of other gossip mags) just went through a period of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the past couple of years, so it's hard to say what their long-term plans are. That's why I'm concerned that there's some financial reason they bought it that may not ensure its future.