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News for the week of 10-Jun-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Prospect Park execs had to put AMC and OLTL on immediate hiatus last Thursday due to a labor dispute with the crews’ union, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees - Local 52. Initially, execs had eyed June 17th for the beginning of the hiatus. The dispute came about because filming the soaps cost more than was allotted, and that went against the labor agreement, according to The Wrap. The agreement stipulated that PP could pay union members less than the standard day rate provided the cost of each show didn’t go over $125,000. Whoops! The union alleged AMC overspent by more than double on some shows, but Prospect Park disagreed. “We believe we have met all contract requirements with I.A.T.S.E, and as an internet start-up, and per our contract with the I.A., we cannot afford, and our business model cannot sustain, traditional broadcast rates,” according to a statement from PP. Furthermore, execs would like to wrap this up by August when production re-commences. PP already has 40 episodes in its library, enough to air through September if need be. In comparison, AMC cost ABC Daytime $50 million a year to put on the air.

Concerned? Tweet with OLTL associate producer Jared Kaplan. He’s been assuring fans all is well.

I’m not sure what Robin Strasser (Dorian) was trying to say in her latest hotline (212-414-5300) message about the latest news (Prospect Park moving its hiatus earlier due to labor disputes)… except that she backs executives Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz for their Herculean efforts with OLTL and AMC online. “I want to take every opportunity I can to thank the people who've been involved in making the revived ONE LIFE TO LIVE episodes. When you watch them on Hulu and iTunes and they're edited together, they look like movies. They look like [this] groovy regeneration of the concept of the multi-generational storytelling…. Prospect Park spent a fortune and enormous energy making those shows. So anger placed at them is misplaced. Absolutely misplaced, alright? Those two wonderful men [Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz] have a set-up where they can produce shows, entertainment and create jobs and let's all say 'Thank you.' I'm gonna and that's my recommendation.” – online, June 7, 2013

Gossip for the week of 10-Jun-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Prospect Park might change the location of its studio as a result of the dispute with the labor union (for the crew). AMC/OLTL currently filmed their first online segments in Stamford, CT. –Deadine, June 5, 2013 article by Nellie Andreeva

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