ABC Responds to $95 Million Lawsuit Filed By Prospect Park; Network Looking To Get ‘AMC’ and ‘OLTL’ Rights Back

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Back in November 2013, amended its lawsuit against ABC by demanding more than $95 million in damages following what it claims was the network’s scheme to create a “mega soap” after ABC utilized characters from “” on “.”

According to court documents from the time, Prospect Park alleged ABC convinced the company to allow “GH” to “borrow” certain “OLTL” characters in a limited, short-term capacity. But, as brought to light by Prospect Park’s original lawsuit, the plaintiff said that “even before the ink dried on the parties’ agreement, ABC began unilaterally changing key storylines and themes, literally killing some ‘OLTL’ characters and deeply integrating others into the ‘GH’ landscape, all to create a mega soap of ‘GH’ behind Prospect Park’s back.” Following Prospect Park’s claims, ABC has now filed an official response, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Per the publication, in ABC’s response the network says, “Here, Prospect Park is not asking this Court to resolve an unsettled question by interpreting the Agreement.” They add, “Instead, it is doing the exact opposite: asking this Court to rewrite the contract to unsettle something that parties have already firmly determined — the term of the License.”

Citing Prospect’s claims in its lawsuit that the network was planning a “mega soap,” which resulted in ABC to go “so far as to induce the actors who had been playing some of the more popular characters on ‘OLTL’ to sign secret, exclusive, multi-year contracts with ABC — all without a word to Prospect Park,” which the company says was done to allegedly “limit or prevent the actors’ return to ‘OLTL’ once Prospect Park exercised its options rights,” ABC says Prospect Park never complained. “To the contrary, Prospect Park exercised its Option for both OLTL’ and ‘AMC’ in December 2012, and the parties subsequently entered into two additional amendments to the License Agreement, which each extended Prospect Park’s time to begin production of the shows and gave ABC continuing use of the ‘OLTL’ characters on [‘General Hospital’].”

With much speculated about the terms of said license, the network revealed that its agreement with Prospect Park allowed Prospect rights to both “OLTL” and “” for up to 15 seasons of 12 calendar months unless the company ceased production for 18 consecutive months. As you’ll recall, production officially ended on “One Life to Live” in September 2013 when Prospect announced via an LA Times report that it would fully concentrate its time and effort (as a result of its lawsuit against ABC) on “AMC.” Sadly, the company unofficially put “AMC” on hiatus as well when in November 2013 actors from the soap tweeted that production had been “canceled.”

Should Prospect fail to produce a new episode of either series after the 18 month period, rights to each would therefore revert back to ABC. THR notes that the network wants Prospect’s lawsuit “ridded of a license extension demand,” which Prospect asked for despite its demand to no longer have to pay any licensing fees to the network during the duration of the lawsuit.

Fore more on ABC’s response, click here.

  • Bexx

    This again?

    • Danny Hill

      if i were an actor being buffeted back and forth, with all this uncertainty, i’d either have a nervous breakdown or leave entirely..makes me wonder why Bradford Anderson’s exit seemed so abrupt..had no idea he was leaving the show..but with all the backstage ‘drama’, it’s not that big of a surprise, and no telling who else may be departing to escape this ‘drama’…and this is the one thing that, more often than not, wrecks a show, making it unwatchable with all the back-and-forth, making the viewer(s) uncomfortable and eventually give up on a sinking ship….

      • Sally VanDyke

        Bradford’s leaving was NOT abrupt. He had requested to go on recurring many months before he left and only stuck around to tie up the Baby Connie/Georgie story.

        • Danny Hill

          not being behind the scenes, there’s no telling why he made this request..but in any case, since i don’t spend as much time as most people reading about the comings and goings and any other backstage activity (and on GH these days, there seems to be a helluva lot), it looked, to me, as if it was sudden..after all, it did seem to happen pretty fast..remember when Starr, Todd and John McBain left..that gives new meaning to ” abrupt’..but in that case(s), i knew the circumstances having to do with litigation…

  • Aww

    Prospect Park is simply trying to regain their losses from the first season. I wish they have left the shows alone. That way, we would at least have the characters living on on General Hospital.

  • Over4tea

    Why did abc give up the rights to OLTL and AMC in the first place, then make it almost impossible for Prospect Park to get the shows off the ground? Why were they not only doing nothing to aid in the success of these two shows, but also actively making it more difficult for Prospect Park to promote them? OLTL and AMC could have generated more money for abc than they ever had before due to the huge licensing fees.

    This lawsuit isn’t asking the court to rewrite the terms of the licensing contract; it’s about proving that abc’s demands were unreasonable. It’s about finding abc in breach of contract because of the manner in which they conducted their business with PP. It was all a ploy to sink the relaunch of OLTL so that they could use as many bits and pieces of it on GH as they wanted. I think PP needs to stress that.