Legendary Soap Exec Producer Dies

Emmy-winner Paul Rauch, who served as executive producer on ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SANTA BARBARA, YOUNG AND RESTLESS, TEXAS (which he co-created) and GUIDING LIGHT, has passed away after an illness. The trailblazing EP, who left an indelible mark on the industry, is survived by his wife, Israela Margalit, an accomplished concert pianist, playwright and writer. "Paul and I worked together first on COMING OF AGE, a show we developed for NBC in the early '90s and then again on Y&R," says Maria Arena Bell, Y&R's former executive producer/head writer. "I considered Paul a great friend and he and Israela were at my wedding. Paul was from the old school of soaps and he really knew how to run a show and understood the value of the writer in the process. I loved working with him and I loved him dearly as a person and am heartsick to hear he has passed. I wish the best to Israela and their grown children and will really miss him." On Facebook, Y&R's Head Writer, Josh Griffith, writes, "The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now."