Prospect Park begins negotiations with unions and guilds; executives meet with cast and crews from All My Children.
Prospect Park Met with ‘AMC’ Cast Today
Three weeks after announcing Prospect Park had licensed the online rights for ABC’s All My Children and One Life to Live, the company announced it has begun negotiating with the respective guilds and unions representing for the cast and crew involved with the soaps. In addition, Variety reports executives from Prospect, Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, finally met with the cast and crews of All My Children today.
In a statement released today, the company revealed it’s upcoming plans: “Since we announced our intention to work with the shows, the fan outreach we’ve experienced over the past few weeks further validates our decision to work to keep them going for years to come. However, we also respect the organizations and processes that are in place so that all can apply their craft within the infrastructure that the entertainment industry has set, specifically in this case with the appropriate guilds and unions. We are in the process of working out the essential terms of our proposed collective bargaining agreements with the appropriate guilds and unions, which we must do prior to firming up deals with above- and below-the-line talent. We will provide updates as needed.”
Despite reports of All My Children transitioning immediately to the web, Deadline revealed the shows are targeted for a first quarter 2012 launch. Though fans and the industry were thrilled with Prospect’s announcement on July 7, there were more questions than answers. What stars would transition to the web series? Would production stay the same? Does the WGA have rules set in place for web series of this nature? How will this venture make a profit?
Unfortunately many of those questions remain unanswered, however negotiation talks is the first step in the right direction. TVSource reached out to a rep for the Writer’s Guild who had no comment.