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Fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have learned to adapt to the dramatic twists and turns hitting their favorite returning “anytime” soaps, only they’ve been adapting more to the behind the scenes “drama” than they have been with what’s happening on screen. First it was the episode reduction (two episodes per week for each show instead of the previously scheduled four), then word FX Canada had dropped both shows from its lineup as a result of the episode reduction, and most recently word that head writers for both shows were released from their contracts and replaced with their script writers. Now, according to TheWrap, the latest drama is based on an apparent labor dispute between Prospect Park and I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for “AMC.”

In TheWrap‘s reporting, the publication indicates that Prospect Park is alleged to have gone over budget on certain episodes filmed for “AMC,” which as a result has violated the labor agreement between the production company and the union.

“When Prospect Park revived the canceled ABC program for the web this year, it hammered out a deal with the union that allowed it to pay members less than the standard day rate as long as it did not spend more than $125,000 per episode,” the site stated. They added, “The union believes that on certain episodes, ‘All My Children’ may have more than doubled that figure. A spokeswoman for Prospect Park declined to comment on any discussions with IATSE but was adamant that the budget of each episode was well below $100,000.”

It is understood that if the union finds any wrongdoing on Prospect Park’s part, the company will be forced to pay “tens of thousands of dollars in back pay to union members. It also may mean that Prospect Park will have to shoulder additional costs, such as travel expenses for crew members, that it was able to forgo as a result of its reduced budget.”

“They’re going to owe all these people a ton of money if they messed up,” a source for TheWrap is quoted as saying.

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  • TheMom

    Well, thanks for jumping to conclusions, “The Wrap” Let’s not hold court in the media, ok? I don’t believe this crap any more than I would if it was printed in “The Enquirer”

    • David

      I don’t see these as good news at all for eitehr show. Bsicaally Prospect park said we cannot afford to pay such amount. So the union made an agreement that PP would stick to a certain budget in order to allow them to pay less. Then PP goes over budget resulting in this mess. Just another in the growing list of inept management by Prospect Park. I feel really bad for the fans of AMC and OLTL I have the feeling these revivals will not be around for long. WIll suck for those fans to lose their show again

      • tess

        Sadly, David, I agree with you that the shows are not going to last. However, I am enjoying ALL MY CHILDREN. Prospect Park is run by goofballs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.c.berger.1 Cathy Calabro Berger

    Whatever it is, fix it prospect park. I have waited so loonngg for my soaps to return. First, I’m pissed you cut it to 2 a week instead of 4. Now if you do anything to mess this up, you will have amc and oltl fans up your ass for the rest of your lives. Don’t mess with the fans because we will turn on you just like we did with ABC. We don’t like to be messed with

  • Fox

    “Tens of thousands of dollars” doesn’t sound like a big deal. So they could owe between $10,000 and $99,000 – split between many employees. The union probably just wants to do an audit, which should be a regular kind of action anyway, especially with a new type of production such as this. – jmho

  • Realwriter24

    Now that I know unions are behind the chaos, I have little doubt these shows will not survive. Unions have killed off many products the past several years….several automobile lines, Hostess, etc. I’ve been a fan of OLTL for over 20 years. I will miss the show. With unions involved, there will be no survival.