×

Paul Rauch, producer of daytime soaps, dies

Emmy winner most recently led 'The Young and the Restless'

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.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Ewan McGregor of 'American Pastoral'Variety and

    Ewan McGregor Confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus Series to Shoot Next Year

    Ewan McGregor has confirmed that he will be reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus series centered around the powerful Jedi, after Variety previously reported that he was in talks for the series. At Disney biannual D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday, McGregor provided more details about the prospective show and [...]

  • Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes. Professional wrestlers

    Listen: Brandi and Cody Rhodes Give Wrestlers’ Perspective to AEW

    Wrestlers and husband and wife duo Brandi and Cody Rhodes bring an inside the ring perspective to their executive roles at the nascent All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Cody Rhodes, executive vice president, and Brandi Rhodes, chief brand officer, spoke on Variety’s “TV Take” podcast with Joe Otterson about their new wrestling league.  AEW will put [...]

  • Ms Marvel She Hulk and Moon

    Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk Series Ordered at Disney Plus

    Marvel debuted three new series it has ordered for streaming service Disney Plus at D23 Expo: a live-action Ms. Marvel series, as well as two additional series based on Moon Knight and She-Hulk. “That’s three new series coming to the MCU, that’s what Disney Plus is allowing us to do,” said president of Marvel Studios [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Opposition Candidate Blasts Writers Guild Tactics Over Agencies

    Opposition candidate Nick Jones Jr. has condemned the tactics of the Writers Guild of America in its battle against Hollywood agents. “I believe we’ve disrupted ourselves more than we’ve disrupted the Big 4,” he said. Jones, who’s running for the secretary-treasurer post as part of Phyllis Nagy’s Writers Forward Together slate, is running on a [...]

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- "Yes, It's Really

    Emmys: Netflix, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Take Early Wins as TV Academy Announces Juried Awards

    Netflix is taking the early lead at this year’s Emmys race, with six wins, thanks to the Television Academy’s juried award winners for animation, choreography, interactive programming and motion design, which were announced on Friday. The outstanding individual achievement in animation category, a “juried” prize that means several, one or no winners could be named, [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    Special Prosecutor Appointed to Investigate Why Jussie Smollett Charges Were Dropped

    A Chicago judge appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb to investigate why local officials dropped charges against Jussie Smollett, who was accused of paying two accomplices to stage a racist and homophobic hate crime against himself. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin concluded a two month search beginning in June for a special prosecutor, landing [...]

  • 'Lizzie McGuire' Reboot Series in the

    'Lizzie McGuire' Reboot Series in the Works at Disney Plus

    Get excited “Lizzie McGuire” fans because a reboot series of the much loved Disney Channel teen show has been picked up at Disney Plus. Lizzie McGuire herself Hilary Duff, who is set to reprise the role, announced the series at Disney Plus’s D23 Expo event. Terri Minsky, who created the original, is also aboard the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content