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TMCNet:  Emsworth native will host Daytime Emmys pre-show

[June 26, 2010]

Emsworth native will host Daytime Emmys pre-show

Jun 26, 2010 (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A few years ago, Emsworth native Matthew Politylo was stuck in a minefield during the filming of "My Bloody Valentine 3D" in Tarentum. Now, he's headed to Las Vegas to host a red carpet pre-show Sunday for the online magazine Soap Opera Network during this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.

"This has been a lucky break for me, and I'm really excited," says the 2003 Avonworth High School graduate. "I hope all goes well." Politylo, 25, who now uses Preston as his last name, graduated in 2007 from Penn State Beaver in Monaca with a communications degree and recently completed a one-year master's in a film acting program at the New York Film Academy.

He has loved soap operas since he was a little boy, says his mother, Kathy Politylo.

Errol Lewis, editor of Soap Opera Network magazine, says Preston was "a good public figure" with a fitting personality to host the online pre-show, starting at 7 p.m. Sunday at He'll be interviewing stars from the soaps as they go down the red carpet. Preston has previously appeared in segments called "Soap Opera Network Insider" for the magazine's website. Lewis says Preston is really passionate about all the characters and knows them well.

"I know what to talk about, and who they will be promoting. You get a real feel for their characters after watching for so long," says Preston, who hopes to get an agent and break into soap operas.

The aspiring actor was student manager of the radio station at Penn State Beaver, and was a stand-in for some projects shot in Pittsburgh, including "My Bloody Valentine 3D" and the TV show "Kill Point." Preston says he is saddened by the demise of the soap operas "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns," and that other shows have relocated production from New York to Los Angeles.

He is excited for his first trip to Las Vegas, he says.

"I'm definitely going to be doing some networking ... and getting (on) a blackjack table," he says.

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