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News for the week of 05-Aug-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

As Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network (TOLN) wraps up AMC and OLTL’s first season September 2 and August 19, respectively, plans for the next season are already in place. Fans will soon be able to view the next season’s shows on a new, user-friendly web portal and app — available at the touch of your fingertips. The network’s new digital destination features enhanced video content, cast and character pages, dedicated series pages, photo gallery with social shopping functionality, social media links, and a lot more. Best of all, fans can access full-length shows, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scene footage, and clips on their cell phones via a complimentary mobile app for IOS and Android.

Based on a recent settlement, Prospect Park must now retroactively pay the labor union backing the crew a lot more for production costs, according to a July 29th report by The Wrap’s Brett Lang. It’s called sharing residuals and Prospect Park must do this because of production costs beyond original estimates. Negotiations between the producer of AMC/OLTL and the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 52 reached critical mass this past June over charges of contract violations, resulting in a premature hiatus to figure this situation out. At the onset of production, both sides agreed to financial terms based on a budget way below $125,000 an episode. When costs rode above that amount for some shows, the union cried foul. The settlement details enable the crew to have a stake in future income, an insider informed The Wrap reporter. Try a five-percent stake “in ancillary profits related to streaming deals, broadcast pacts and other revenue streams, and a slightly smaller percentage of DVD revenue. The payments will be retroactive and will apply to the dozens of episodes already completed, the individual told TheWrap.” This could set an unprecedented precedent for future shows like OLTL/AMC online.

As of August 5, AMC airs new shows on Oprah’s OWN at 1 p.m. EST/12 p.m. CST and new OLTL shows right after at 1:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. CST. Previously, OLTL aired at 3 p.m.

Gossip for the week of 05-Aug-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Word on the street is that there aren’t enough episodes left to continue airing and none in the works.

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