The exclusive report Variety just posted about the upcoming fight for control of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) reads like Six Degrees of Soap-eration. According to the article, Warner Bros. TV Group President Bruce Rosenblum is set to run for the position of chairman of ATAS. If his bid proves successfull he will be the most powerful Hollywood player to hold the slot since Richard Frank served as chair in the 90's, when Frank was president of Disney Studios. Frank, along with Jeff Kwatinetz recently licensed ABC Daytime's cancelled soaps with plans to take them online and possibly to cable via their Prospect Park shingle.
The industry bible goes on to speculate Rosenblum will face off with Nancy Bradley Wiard, current vice-chairman of ATAS' executive committee, whose most notable TV credit is the 30 years she spent serving as a producer on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless. As if that wasn't sudsy enough, the article links the need for new blood at ATAS being related to Sony Pictures TV prexy Steve Mosko (who oversees The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives) recently spearheading the initiative for an alternative TV awards telecast in conjunction with The Paley Center. This reportedly took place due to Mosko's frustration with ATAS, where he once served as former heard of the academy's charitable fund.