Daytime Emmy winner Paul Rauch, executive producer of daytime dramas “Another World,” “Santa Barbara,” “One Life to Live,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless,” died Sunday. He was 78, and reports of his death on websites devoted to soap operas described him as legendary.
Rauch won two Daytime Emmys, sharing one for “Another World” in 1976 and another for outstanding children’s special for “Run the Wild Fields” in 2001. He was nominated for a total of eight Daytime Emmys, most recently in 2011 for “The Young and the Restless.”
Rauch was a co-creator and exec producer of the “Another World” spinoff “Texas,” and he was a producer of the 1996 feature “Lover’s Knot,” starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Grey. In addition, he was exec producer of a number of TV movies.
He had been a TV executive earlier in his professional life, serving as CBS VP of programs, East Coast, in 1970-72 and as supervising producer for Procter & Gamble.
In his 20s he served as music critic for an English-language edition of the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.
He is survived by his wife, Israela Margalit, a concert pianist and playwright; two children; two stepchildren; and three granddaughters.