A labor dispute that threatened two beloved soap operas has been resolved.
Prospect Park, which produces the new online versions of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' has reached an agreement with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees New York Production Locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798 and USA829. Because a deal has been reached, production on both series is scheduled to commence as soon as their planned hiatuses end on August 12.
This is very good news for each of the shows, as they have only recently come back to life in their new online format. Each of the series ran on ABC for more than 40 years but were cancelled in 2011.
“We thank the entire IATSE organization for their continued support in bringing these shows to fans, and we especially appreciate the efforts of Chaim Kantor and John Ford and our entire crew for helping us to move forward as a unified team,” said Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz.
“We are pleased that that the parties were able to successfully address their concerns in a mutually beneficial way, which will enable these innovative shows to continue to be produced with our talented crews," said David Blake, a representative of Local 600.
Both programs began airing online at The OnLine Network on April 29 of this year. Each of the shows is available for viewing on Hulu and through iTunes.
Details of the deals were not released.
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Have you seen either of the shows in their new format? What do you think of them?