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News for the week of 14-Jan-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

In news nobody expected but everybody hoped for, Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank took another look at ABC Daytime’s two canceled soaps, OLTL and AMC, and tried again. This time, they were better about crossing the Ts and dotting the Is. They worked carefully with the unions and creator Agnes Nixon, signed mutually agreeable deals, and kept soap blood in the executive positions. In a recent, official statement, Kwatinetz and Frank thanked fans for the faith and summarized the successful online deal that would bring back OLTL and AMC from the dead. These two soaps will anchor Prospect Park’s Online Network, production will commence next month with the necessary finances in place, and all the pre-production steps have been carried out, including “signed deals with both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the Directors Guild of America [and Writers Guild of America]. OLTL director Jennifer Pepperman has been signed as executive producer of OLTL and AMC producer Ginger Smith as executive producer of AMC. And as a bonus, Agnes Nixon has signed on in a consulting role to be actively involved in continuing the serials she created.”

Gossip for the week of 14-Jan-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

While Prospect Park’s execs have been snapping up AMC stars for the reboot, there’s not been much news in the casting department for OLTL, yet. It’ll be tricky but interesting to see how they and ABC Daytime/GH execs will handle bringing back fan faves. Prospect Park presumably has retained the rights to these characters, so they could pull Roger Howarth (ex-Todd), Michael Easton (ex-John), and Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr) from GH for the online show.

Sealing the union deals for the reboot was hairy because of the question about residuals, according to an insider. If this gets off the ground online, Prospect Park’s execs would love to see OLTL and AMC airing on cable and all over the world. The WGA (Writers Guild of America) reportedly insisted on ensuring writers’ residuals for that eventuality. Jamey Giddens, Daytime Confidential, January 11, 2013

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