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CURRENT SALARIES

All actors who work on "Days of Our Lives" are members of AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The following is the minimum pay scale rates for one-hour daytime serials. The rates are based on one day of work:
NON-CONTRACT PRINCIPAL PERFORMERS*: $ 827.
5 LINES OR LESS (UNDER-FIVES): $ 360.
BACKGROUND ACTORS (EXTRAS): $ 140.
*: Note: The principal performer rate does not include the actors currently under contract to "Days", who are paid based on the terms of their contract, terms which are not available to the public.

MAIL CALL

If you want to send mail to any of your favorite castmembers, email them at: SoapCity@sonypictures.com.  In the subject line, put: "Days of Our Lives." You may also write to the following address. Name of Actor, c/o "Days of Our Lives", 3000 West Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91523. Ask them to send an autographed picture and you will usually get a reply within a few months. Also, you can e-mail NBC your comments about the show at days@nbc.com.

LONGEST RUNNING DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

(Including all daytime dramas on the air for two or more years as of August 31, 2006).

(Y=Years,M=Months,W=Weeks,D=Days):

RANK...TITLE...................................TELECAST...............Y M W D

1..........Guiding Light.......................6/30/52-Present.........54  2  0  0
2..........As the World Turns..............4/2/56-Present............50  4  4  2
3..........General Hospital...................4/1/63-Present............43  5  0  0
4..........Days of Our Lives.................11/8/65-Present..........40  9  3  1
5..........One Life to Live....................7/15/68-Present.........38  1  2  1
6..........All My Children....................1/5/70-Present...........36  7  3  4
7..........Search for Tomorrow..............9/3/51-12/26/86..........35  3   3  2
8..........Another World........................5/4/64-6/25/99...........35  1   3  0
9..........The Young and the Restless...3/26/73-Present........33  5   0  4
10..........The Edge of Night...................4/2/56-12/28/84.......28  8   3  5
11.........Love of Life.............................9/24/51-2/1/80..........28  4   1  0
12.........The Secret Storm....................2/1/54-2/8/74...........20  0   1  0
13.........The Doctors............................4/1/63-12/31/82.......19  9    0  0
14.........The Bold and the Beautiful....3/23/87-Present.......19  5   1  0
15..........Loving/The City......................6/26/83-3/23/97........13  8   3  4
16..........Ryan’s Hope...........................7/7/75-1/13/89........13  6   0  6
17...........The Brighter Day....................1/4/54-9/28/62..........8  8   3  3
18...........Santa Barbara........................7/30/84-1/15/93........8  5   2  2
19...........Passions...............................7/5/99-Present..........7  1  3  5
20...........Somerset...............................3/30/70-12/31/76.......6  9   0  0
21...........Port Charles...........................6/1/97-10/3/03...........6  4  0  3
22...........Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.....9/18/67-3/23/73........ 5  6   0  5
23............Capitol..................................3/26/82-3/20/87.........4 11  3  1
24............Dark Shadows.......................6/27/66-4/2/71...........4  9   0  5
25............Young Dr. Malone................12/29/58-3/29/63.........4  3   0  0
26............Hawkins Falls........................4/2/51-7/1/55............4  2   4  2
27............Valiant Lady..........................10/12/53-8/16/57.......3 10  0  4
28............Where The Heart Is..................9/8/69-3/23/73.........3  6   2  1
29............From These Roots.................6/30/58-12/29/61........3  5   4  1
30............Sunset Beach.........................1/6/97-12/31/99........2 11  3  3
31............Bright Promise........................9/29/69-3/31/72........2  6   0  2
32............Texas....................................8/4/80-12/31/82.........2  4   3  0

"DAYS OF OUR LIVES" RENEWED BY NBC FOR 1,300 EPISODES THROUGH
MAY, 2009...JAMES E. REILLY NAMED HEAD WRITER
**PLEASE NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE IS FROM 2003**
**DAYS OF OUR LIVES IS UP FOR ANOTHER RENEWAL LATER THIS YEAR**

INFO, PLEASE: NBC and Sony Pictures Television have signed a five-year deal [tentative, with NBC to decide in the near future whether to finish out the five years] worth nearly $500 million to continue producing "Days of Our Lives" through May 2009. In addition, former "Days" head writer James E. Reilly, who currently serves as head writer for "Passions",  has signed on to oversee writing on both series. Ken Corday will continue to executive produce "Days."
TERMS OF THE DEAL: NBC will pay $1.7 million per week for "Days," down from the former $1.9 million it had been paying. Sony now has the right to air same-day episodes of "Days" on cable, as well as allowing the episodes to be downloaded off the Internet with a pay-per-view service.
STATEMENT ON REILLY: "Jim is the right guy to be the creative leader overseeing the next wave of stories for Days...We saw in Jim someone who had a proven track record, and we wanted to bring him back."
KEN CORDAY STATEMENT: "NBC has stood by us for a long time, and we're glad they're willing to give us five more years even though the market is tougher than it's ever been. I had qualms about it at first only because it's a huge task to write five shows a week, and now you're asking him to write 10 shows. But Jim has the appetite and the skills, so away we go."

SOAPNET SAME-DAY REPEATS BEGAN AIRING MARCH 15, 2004
By Josef Adalian, Variety, 12/11/03

In a landmark multiyear deal, the sudser web pacted with Sony Pictures Television for same-day repurposing rights to NBC's top-rated "Days of Our Lives." Agreement marked the first time the Disney-owned cabler has won the right to air an existing daytime drama not produced by sister net ABC ["The Young and the Restless" has since joined its roster]. Both Sony and SoapNet declined to discuss terms of the deal, but industry insiders pegged the value at mid-seven figures per year. "Days" started airing March 15, 2004. Cabler airs a five-episode marathon of the previous week's episodes of "Days" on Sundays. "This will be transformational for our network," the network said. "It's something we've wanted and worked for during the entire life of the network. Our big idea with the network was to serve the whole world of soaps, and this really gives us a way to invite the bigger daytime audience to SoapNet." "It's NBC whose franchise and shows we're presenting, and we very much want to work with them to cross-promote the show and do whatever joint marketing presents itself. We'll be open to whatever NBC feels helps them." Deal allows for limited access to Sony's library of past "Days" episodes, which Blackwell hopes to use for stunts designed to promote the arrival of the sudser on cable. NBC figures to be an indirect beneficiary since SoapNet's push on behalf of "Days" will introduce the serial to a new set of fans. Mosko said the deal signals the continued strength of the "Days" franchise. "This show is a national treasure," he said. "It's been on the air for [many] years, and it's a real tribute to Ken Corday and his team that it's maintained the standards it has ... and that it still has so much appeal to viewers 18-34."

DAYS IN SPANISH

NBC became the first network to broadcast its entire daytime schedule with a Spanish closed-captioned translation when its hit dramas "Days of our Lives" and "Passions" began the service for all of its affiliated stations on July 9, 2001. Viewers will see a message appear on-screen twice during each show, indicating that closed-captions are available "en Espanol." The option to view both daytime dramas with closed-captioning in Spanish will allow viewers with television sets manufactured in the last 10 years to see a translated scrolled text of the actors' English dialogue appear in Spanish at the bottom of their screens. The Spanish closed-captioning broadened the shows' appeal, making them more accessible to the sizeable and growing Hispanic audience.
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