Rauch's earlier jobs included Vice President, Programs-East Coast for CBS, Supervising Producer for Procter & Gamble, and Music Critic for an English-language edition of the Japanese Yomiuri Shimbun, a job he held in his mid-twenties.
In 2009 Paul Rauch was named “The Greatest Daytime Producer of All Time” by TV Guide Canada, while he served as co-executive producer of the #1 daytime show The Young & the Restless. Rauch also produced the feature films Lover's Knot (Cannes Film Festival) and Run the Wild Fields (Film Advisory Board Award, special honors at the Sarasota Film Festival, Emmy, Best Family Film), as well as the 100-episode primetime series Poor Nastya for Sony Pictures Int. and Russia 3.
Rauch is best known for his work on Another World, which he produced from 1972 to 1982. For much of that time, he worked in conjunction with Head Writer Harding Lemay, and the team garnered the show critical acclaim and strong ratings. In the 1970s Daytime ratings, Another World ranked overall #2 below As The World Turns and #3 The Guiding Light.
Rauch led the show to an expanded hour format in 1975, which was a success. However, a subsequent time expansion to 90 minutes in 1979 was less successful though the expanded show lasted for one and a half years. During his tenure on Another World, he was the co-creator and executive producer of three other soap operas, Lovers and Friends, For Richer For Poorer, and Texas (the other creators being John William and Joyce Corrington), spin-off of Another World, that aired on NBC from 1980 to 1982. In addition to being co-creator, he held the title of Executive Producer until 1981.
Following his stint on Another World (1972-1982), Lovers and Friends, For Richer For Poorer, Texas (1980-1981), he produced One Life to Live from 1983 to 1999. In addition, he was the executive producer of the serial Santa Barbara from 1991 to 1993, and Guiding Light from 1996 to 2002. From 2003 to 2005, he was an executive consulting producer to a period-drama that aired on Russian television, called Bednaya Nastya. From 2008 to 2011, he was the executive producer of the serial The Young and the Restless.
On the final episode of Santa Barbara on January 15, 1993, there was a roll-call list of the cast and crew. The final shot consisted of Paul Rauch standing in front of the camera, smashing a cigar under his shoe, and walking away. Nonetheless, that final shot caused controversy.
On August 22, 2013, Grant Aleksander, who had portrayed Phillip Spaulding on Guiding Light from 1983 through the series finale in 2009, revealed in an interview with Carolyn Hinsey that Paul Rauch had been working on a continuation of Guiding Light at the time of his death on December 10, 2012. According to the interview he had consulted with the Big Networks executives regarding the proposal and Procter & Gamble were interested as well.
At the time of his death, aged 78, Rauch was married to concert pianist Israela Margalit. The couple lived in New York City.
Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Vice President, Programs - East Coast, CBS (1970-1972)
- Executive Producer (July 1980 - April 1981)
- Executive Producer (November 1971 - 1984)
- Executive Producer (1984 - 1991)
- Executive Producer (January 1992 - January 15, 1993)
- Executive Producer (November 1996 - December 24, 2002)
- Consultant (August 2008 - October 2, 2008)
- Co-Executive Producer (October 3, 2008 - May 10, 2011)
Lyle B. Hill
|Executive Producer of Another World
Allen M. Potter
|Executive Producer of One Life to Live
|Executive Producer of Santa Barbara
|Executive Producer of Guiding Light
|Co-Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless
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Maria Arena Bell
- Paul Rauch at the Internet Movie Database
- Associated Press. "Serial drama producer Paul Rauch dies in NY at 78 - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- Joyce Hooper Corrington