The Team

Crystal Chappell Hillary Bailey Smith Albert Allar Paul Antonelli

Chrystal ChappellOpen Book Productions
is an Emmy winning New Media Company owned and operated by two time Emmy winner Crystal Chappell. Open Book's current productions include Venice and The Grove.
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Linda HillBella Productions
is the sister company of Bella Books, headed by CEO Linda Hill. Bella Books is the premiere publisher of fiction for and about lesbians.

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Hillary Bailey SmithHillary Bailey Smith - Producer
Award winning actress Hillary B. Smith returns to "One Life to Live" as the loveable 'Nora Buchanan,' a role she originated in 1992. The wife of 'Bo Buchanan,' (Bob Woods), Smith's character is an out-spoken district attorney. 'Nora' is dedicated to her family and friends and is happily married.

Raised in Palm Beach, FL, Smith returned to Massachusetts when she was 14 years old to attend Dana Hall School. Initially, Smith attended Pine Manor College but transferred to Sarah Lawrence College because of the school's Master's program in genetics and theater.

While still in college, Smith began performing off Broadway. She appeared in productions of "Song Night in the City," "World of Black and White," "Lips Together and Teeth Apart," and "Any Given Monday." Additionally, she appeared in the Broadway productions of "A Real American Hero" and Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles."

Smith has appeared on numerous television shows including "Nurse," "No Soap Radio," "Too Close For Comfort," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and "Something Wilder" opposite the legendary Gene Wilder. No stranger to daytime television, Smith starred on "The Doctors," then "As the World Turns" for six years before landing the role of 'Nora,' on "One Life to Live." She won a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress for this character in 1994 and was nominated again in 2000.

In addition to her television credits, Smith has appeared in several motion pictures including "Purple Hearts," "Love Potion #9," "It Had To Be You," "Palindromes," and "Maid in Manhattan," starring Jennifer Lopez.

She also stars on two web-based soaps as 'Ellie' on "Fumbling Thru The Pieces," and as 'Guya' on the Emmy Award-winning "Venice" ( Smith also wears a producer's hat having produced the acclaimed "The Grove."

Smith is married to husband Phillip "Nip" Smith and the couple have two children - Courtney and Philip IV.

Ricky Paull GoldinRicky Paull Goldin - Producer

Ricky is equally at home in front of and behind the camera, and loves both – acting and producing.  His uncle is Jack Gold, the mogul movie Producer of many blockbusters, including “The Guns of Navarone,” “The Medusa Touch,” and “The Merchant of Venice.”  Producing is in Ricky’s genes.

Ricky started producing for TV in his 20s.  Back then Reality TV was in its infancy but Ricky was at the producing forefront with a summer hit dating show for ABC, and a get hired/get fired TV pilot. Ricky’s other successes included works for ESPN2, Telepictures, Warner Brothers, and Viacom.

In 2010, Ricky and his Production Company, GoldLine Entertainment, paid tribute to Ricky’s late father, Dr. Paul Goldin, with a one hour special about mysteries of the paranormal.  Ricky created, hosted and Executive Produced “Seeing vs Believing,” which aired on TLC.

Ricky and GoldLine recently sold a pilot to MTV - All About the Benjamins  - that will be seen as a feature film, with Ricky Executive Producing.  Earlier in 2013, Ricky and GoldLine were Executive Producers on an episode of the HGTV Network’s “Spontaneous Construction.”  The episode was featured on “The View” and aired on HGTV the same day.  Ricky and GoldLine Entertainment are operating in partnership with other fine production companies in the US and Canada with plenty of exciting TV deals in the works. 

Albert AlarrAlbert Alarr - Director
Albert graduated from the Julliard School for Theatre and went straight into John Houseman's Acting Company as a member of their touring ensemble. He spent the next several years working in various repertory companies across the United States as an actor and director. His regional credits include The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The La Jolla Playhouse and several others. In New York he worked with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival and other Off-Broadway companies. After a few years of intensive work in the theatre he decided to return to school and received his graduate degree from the USC School of Cinema and Television. Upon graduation he wrote and directed a short film entitled "The Middle Passage" and won several awards including the prestigious Heartland Award. He then worked as an assistant editor on several major films and television projects such as "The American President," "Grumpier Old Men," and "Dangerous Minds." Albert was picked up by Walt Disney Television as the first recipient of their Director Fellowship Program for women and minorities, wherein he was trained in multi camera direction. He has directed such shows as "Home Improvement," "Homeboys in Outer Space" and was a contract director for ABC directing on "Port Charles," "General Hospital" and "All My Children." He recently executive produced and directed "Loungitude" a pilot for Corday Productions. In addition he most recently executive produced and directed a comedy pilot "The Break Up Guy" for his own production company, Zee Productions. Currently he is directing and producing on NBC's "Days of our Lives".

Albert directed a critically acclaimed production of "A Prayer For My Daughter" for Crown City Theatre and recently directed a critically acclaimed production Sondheim's epic musical "Company" also for Crown City Theatre. He is also, along with his wife Sonja Alarr, the co-founder and Artistic Director of mud-luscious theatre ensemble, which has produced several critically acclaimed productions in the Los Angeles area.

He has been nominated for three Directors Guild awards. He has also been nominated for three directing Emmys. He recently won an Emmy for producing Days Of Our Lives. He has two beautiful children, Anton and Zosia who keep him very busy. He is grateful to have such a wonderful partner Sonja who makes everything an adventure.

Ricky Paull GoldinPaul Antonelli - Music Supervisor

Paul F. Antonelli is an award-winning music supervisor, composer and associate director with extensive experience in all facets of music production. Winner of two Emmy Awards and nominated for ten more, Paul is currently working on CBS' "The Young And The Restless", NBC's "Days Of Our Lives" and Open Book Productions' "Venice-The Series" and "The Grove-The Series" as a music supervisor. The prior two years were spent in New York working on "As The World Turns" for CBS. For nine seasons prior, Paul had been combination associate director/music editor and music supervisor on NBC's Passions, receiving his second Emmy Award for the 2003–04 season.

Before coming to Passions, Paul was music supervisor and associate director for Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach for its 1998–99 run. That was preceded by two very successful years in New York when executive producer Francesca James brought him in to take over the music department at All My Children, where he won his first Emmy in 1999.

Paul grew up in Boston, graduating from high school just before Elvis died in 1977. After studying music at the University of San Diego, Paul wanted to join a rock band, and moved to Los Angeles. By 1979 he was working as head DJ at the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip when he was hired at ABC-TV to become the studio's music coordinator. He helped choose music for a variety of shows in production at the time, including The Academy Awards®, The American Music Awards, Good Morning America, Eye on LA and General Hospital. Taking advantage of ABC's excellent educational assistance program, Paul continued his studies at UCLA majoring in music and recording engineering.

At this time Paul also played keyboards in the band Animotion, which scored an international hit in 1985 with "Obsession." But even better opportunities beckoned. Having already music coordinated and written cues for General Hospital, Paul was ideally situated when Gloria Monty, the executive producer responsible for the General Hospital phenomenon, invited him to join the show. But after writing more music for GH, Paul became interested in writing full-time and left GH to form a music company, MusiCum Laude, with partner David Wheatley. Their role in contributing additional music to The Princess Academy led to a relationship with The Weintraub Company that resulted in scores for The Women's Club, China O'Brien and China O'Brien II, Speed Zone!, Out of the Dark and Dead-On: Relentless II.

During this period Paul was music supervising part-time at Santa Barbara and joined the gothic horror band Radio Werewolf, in which capacity he acted in the film Mortuary Academy with Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul). From 1987 to 1991 Paul served as Director of Creative Affairs for Bernhard/Robson Entertainment, which had a development deal with Universal Pictures. But by this time ABC had brought Gloria Monty back to General Hospital as executive producer, and Sybil Robson graciously let Paul rejoin GH.

Paul has also written the incidental music for two full-length videos for Prince, "Three Chains O' Gold" and "The Beautiful Experience," both co-written with GH partner RC Cates.

Paul is a member of ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), DGA (Directors Guild of America), GMS (Guild Of Music Supervisors), ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians).

The Crew

Claudine Battisti – Script Supervisor
Maudette Jackson – 1st AD
Sarah Mears – 2nd AD
Kevin Perry – Director of Photography
Jorge Alarcon-Swaby – Camera Operator
Andrew Gamuciello - Camera Assist
Jesse "Mr Woody" Stubblefield – Sound Mixer
Thea Grabiec – Sound Tech/Boom
Natalie Pecora – Set Designer/Props
Bethany Bohatila – Wardrobe
Amanda Policastro – Wardrobe Assistant
Shian Banks – Department Head Hair
Emma Strachman – Makeup
Marna Stein – Data Wrangler
Darlene Blount - Craft Services
Kia Rene – Production Assistant
Anne Knight – Production Assistant
Lisa Dzialoski – Production Assistant
Jordan Dzialoski – Production Assistant
Lynn Wallace – Production Assistant
Nance Kleinrok – Production Assistant
Erin Fitzpatrick – Production Assistant
Mary Grandy – Production Assistant
Brenda Adelman – Production Assistant
Julie Weicht – Production Assistant
Jen Sears – Production Assistant
Susan Heldsinger – Production Assistant
Michele Smith – Production Assistant
Kathy Bagley – Production Assistant
Julie Twombly – Production Assistant
Alexis Carlson – Production Assistant

Special Thanks to the following people who helped make Beacon Hill possible:

Cheryl Wright
Sandra Miller and the Staff at the Westboro Marriott Courtyard
Patty Barkas-Gregory & Jay Gregory
Tina and The Grafton General Store
John and The Grafton Inn
Peggy's Place Boutique
Ray and Minuteman Auto Haus
Tavolino Gourmet Restaurant


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