ABC Takes a Hit in Prospect Park Court Case

Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group

Prospect Park and ABC battled it out in court this morning over the $100+ million lawsuit the former launched against the latter over the soaps “” and “.” And it looks like Prospect Park has won the first round!

According to Deadline Hollywood, ABC was denied its motion to strike the part of Prospect Park’s amended complaint in which the production company asked to have the license agreement for both online shows extended and licensing payments to ABC halted while the breach of contract suit moves forward.

Judge listened to both sides in a 50-minute hearing, where and of LA’s Valle Makoff represented ABC, and of Texas’ Andrew Kurth represented Prospect Park.

Deadline reports, “the licensing agreement ABC and Prospect Park first entered into in July 2011 — after the network cancelled the two long-running soaps — gave the production company 12 months to put together online versions of the shows. Prospect Park would then have the exclusive right to produced 15 seasons of each show. However, the agreement, which was amended in January 2012 after various delays, also said that if Prospect Park doesn’t produce the shows for 18 straight months then rights shall revert back to ABC. The network wants to hold by that deal. Prospect Park, which launched the series in April 2013 but suspended them after around 40 episodes, obviously does not.”

Prospect Park
Prospect Park

“Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein reportedly argued during the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.”

Hess, however, saw it differently. “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.

As soap fans recall, Propect Park filed an amended version of its initial April 2013 complaint, seeking over $100 million in losses and lost profits due to ABC allegedly breaking the original licensing agreement of both soaps, inking long-term contracts with “OLTL” actors, killing “OLTL” characters on loan to the network’s soap, “,” and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s attempts to make both “AMC” and “OLTL” online successes.

ABC reportedly now has 20 days to respond to Prospect Park’s amended complaint. The next hearing, set for Thursday, March 13, will be a conference-case management meeting.

  • spirithing

    prospect park is awful and are jealous GH is a success.

  • Timmy Lee Roberts

    I hope they bankrupt ABC, General Hospital is sinking and they should listen to the fans.

    • David

      Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds. ABC is owned by Disney. DO you really think even if Prospect Park were to win this lawsuit(and thats a huge IF) it just means they lose some money far from going to bankrupt them. Thanks for the laugh though!

  • Andrew Hass

    I’m not surprised Prospect Park won that round.However this win may not mean much because ABC doesn’t have to pay them any money.ABC can drag this out in courts for a long time because i’m sure this isn’t the first time they’ve been sued.

  • Cyberologist

    Disney doesn’t like losing money period yes they are a billion $ conglomerate however they bitched and moaned losing 150 million producing the Lone Ranger…

  • PatF

    Good. Can’t stand what PP did with the reboots, but ABC doesn’t deserve a thing after cancelling those shows.

  • Prospect Park didn’t need any help screwing the pooch. Time and again, PP demonstrated it never had the first idea what a soap opera even was or meant to its viewers – not that ABC gave a damn, either. It’s all water under the bridge, but I don’t watch anything during its time slot on ABC anymore and I’ll never watch anything else PP develops, period.

  • Amy

    It is understandable that PP was upset with ABC for killing Cole and Hope because nobody ever came back from the dead on a soap opera before.