AFTRA/Prospect Park

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After rumblings for the last two weeks and a shocking report by Deadline Hollywood earlier today, Prospect Park officially pulled the plug on plans for producing online versions of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Of the key issues, Prospect Park cited its inability to come to terms with the unions including those representing the actors (AFTRA) and the writers (WGA). Shortly afterward, the various unions began issuing statements in response to the production companies decision.

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) issued the following to Soap Opera Network, “We were disappointed to learn that Prospect Park’s financing fell through. Prior to the end of last week, we were close to a fair deal for the writers.”

On Monday, November 14, Soap Opera Network spoke with a rep from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), who stated they were still in talks with Prospect Park. Unfortunately, as noted in the statement  issued to media outlets today, those talks went no where as the production company wasn’t communicating well with the union.

via Press Release

AFTRA Statement Regarding Prospect Park’s Decision to Suspend Production of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 23, 2011) — The following is a statement from AFTRA, the union that represents actors on “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”:

“AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials, One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children,’ via online distribution.

Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions.

We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.”

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About AFTRA
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.

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  • My2Cents2

    Why can’t abc help fund?? If they were leasing from abc, abc was getting a cut of the profits.
    abc can’t afford to help out a new production getting off the ground?

  • My2Cents2

    Why can’t abc help fund?? If they were leasing from abc, abc was getting a cut of the profits.
    abc can’t afford to help out a new production getting off the ground?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732585716 Kevin Little

    Were the actors asking for as much as they got with ABC?  I recently read that folks would be shocked to see that they weren’t making that much $$$ w/ ABC

    • My2Cents2

      I don’t think it was the actors asking soo much more as it was Union stuff that couldn’t get straighten out.
      Do I think the actors at abc make alot of money? No. They make more than I do though. lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000820173487 Chian Wannabeacoolkid Ting En

        Well, the actors working with ABC earns about 6 to 7 digits per year. But most actors who are working for PP are willing to get a 20% to 30% pay cut “as long as they show could continue”.
        But I believe that last time soap actors could earn up to 8 digits.

        • My2Cents2

          Like you stated in another post, whatever the case be, PP shouldn’t have come out and announced what they were going to do until they crossed and dotted there letters and numbers.

  • aspengler1

    ABC can still sell or license the soaps to a company who can afford them. Why they didn’t do that in the first place is beyond me. They are wasting precious time losing more and more money every day the soaps have no home. I suggest that if any serious offer is made, ABC should take it. It may be too late for them to save their image, but not too late to make money. ABC greatly underestimates the value of these programs. They should be kicking themselves for trying to run them into the ground. That is bad business practice. They are a third-rate company, and everyone knows it now.

    • My2Cents2

      Nobody offered to license the soaps. No network. PP approached abc. They were the only production company to come forward, and it wasn’t enough.
      abc will not be losing anymore money once the show is over.

      • aspengler1

        Not everything is known to the public. There could have been other deals that fell through. Or maybe not. I don’t know. It seems to me like ABC was looking to license the soaps instead of selling them. They tried, and it didn’t work out. It’s still possible for them to make a deal with another company, but time is wasting.

  • Anonymous

    This is ridiculous for us fans, that have anticipated the return of our shows.  Why were we ever told that
    our shows would be continued online if the negotiations we’re not all worked out ahead of time?? You’ve
    pulled the plug on the actors as well as the fans.  Shame on you Prospect Park. What a disgrace to all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000820173487 Chian Wannabeacoolkid Ting En

    Prospect Park needs to be more responsible for their actions. If they didn’t know that producing soaps costs 9 or 10 digits, they shouldn’t APPEAR TO BE that bright light of hope only to shove OLTL down the drain again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000820173487 Chian Wannabeacoolkid Ting En

    Why did ABC even cancel AMC and OLTL at all? If soaps with a 3.4 household rating can survive (and become the HIGHEST RATED SOAP) now, as compared to the 80′s when soaps are cancelled with a 3.4 rating (or higher), that means that they have figured out a way to cut production costs. If they can do it in the past 20 years, why can’t they do it now??

    • My2Cents2

      Until cancellation was made outloud, I believe the ratings were even lower for AMC and OLTL. The fact they were cancelled got people watching again. abc wanted to be rid of daytime soaps. Nothing wrong with making a business decision. My thing, is that whether it be abc or nbc, don’t these networks feel that they owe the customer (viewer) some loyalty for the years we gave them? Couldn’t they have gone to soapnet and made a ‘business deal’ with them? They didn’t care. Bottom line is abc didn’t care about the viewership of the soap industry and just wanted to done with them.
      All I ask is that when people are deciding between an abc & cbs show to watch, they go with with the cbs choice!!
      My favorite show is on abc Wednesday nights. So I can’t say I will give up the network completely. But I will make different choices going forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Stewart/100000486335005 Peggy Stewart

    if you continue to take our iconic soaps you will lose most of your watchers i want to boycott abc its like getting a divorce with no choice in the matter

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Stewart/100000486335005 Peggy Stewart

    i just do not understand this is like getting a divorce and not knowing there is a problem i will never wat ch abc again