The series tells the story of agricultural giant Animoil, which thinks it has the solution to feeding the world (and the company’s pockets). But when activist Chip Randolph (John Sloan) sets out to expose what happens before the meat gets butchered, thing spiral dangerously out of control. And smack dab in the middle of the drama sits Buck (Wise), the gun-collecting head of IFIB and lead representative for Animoil!
According to Law360.com, Allison “Sam” Hall, a former co-head writer of ABC’s “One Life to Live,” is suing the network over what he claims are royalties owed since the soap transitioned to the web via Hulu and iTunes, and broadcast during summer 2013 on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), courtesy of Prospect Park – the company that licensed the rights to both programs from Disney/ABC in 2011. Hall reportedly filed his complaint against American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) on Tuesday, January 7, in New York. Hall was named co-head writer of the soap in 1984, and remained with the series until 1985.
“Each week during which such exhibitions by each authorized entity occurred Hall was entitled to be paid the weekly royalties,” reads the complaint referring to royalties owed from characters Hall may have created while working on the soap. “Despite due demand, Hall has not been paid any of the weekly royalties to which he is entitled for the exhibition of the series by Prospect Park Productions, iTunes, Hulu and OWN, which total in excess of $50,000, an amount which is in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the lower courts.”
UPDATE 2:00 PM ET: According to a rep for Disney/ABC, as “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Chew” weren’t already in the Hulu Plus system prior to the WATCH ABC rule changes, their launch on the service was delayed as a result. It was not fan complaints that prompted their availability as originally reported.
PREVIOUS: When Soap Opera Network first reported that ABC’s “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Chew” would be made available on Hulu Plus after the network and its parent company decided to change the way in which audiences could catch their favorite ABC programming outside of the traditional method of viewing live, fans were outraged to learn that neither series was available on the subscription based service as originally thought. That has since changed!
Earlier today, we reported on changes affecting those viewers who use WATCH ABC to view their favorite ABC programming. In our report, we noted that in order to view the network’s shows online or On Demand, viewers would only be able access programming within one week of air if they are a current subscriber to participating TV service providers. This change goes into effect on Monday, January 6. Not in our report was how this change would directly effect ABC Daytime’s “The View,” “The Chew” and “General Hospital.”
A representative for the Disney/ABC Television Group confirms to Soap Opera Network that daytime is slightly different from ABC’s primetime shows, such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revenge,” and “Scandal,” when it comes to WATCH ABC’s new restrictions. According to the rep, the window for “View,” “Chew” and “GH” will expand from 7 days to 10 days per episode in the case of “The View” (1 week of authenticated; three days free) and 14 days per episode (1 week of authenticated; 1 week free) for “The Chew” and “General Hospital.”
Using the Drupal content management platform, Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network has revamped its TOLN.com website, which is the online home of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The new website was first released on Thursday, August 15, before TOLN officially announced its unveiling yesterday. Previously, TOLN.com was an internet hub that solely enabled online viewers of “AMC” and “OLTL” to watch the soaps outside of Hulu’s website. Eventually, TOLN.com, along with AllMyChildren.com and OneLifetoLive.com were all re-directed to Hulu.com. On Friday, August 2, TOLN announced plans to revamp its website in order to provide a “New, User-Friendly Web Portal and App” experience for viewers. It’s unknown when TOLN plans to launch the app, which it said will be available for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms and will include exclusive clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage from each series and provide access to full length episodes. The TOLN app will work on all iOS (3G and Retina Display) and Android devices.