Plans to move One Life to Live and All My Children online are dead in the water.
Prospect Park’s plan to bring All My Children and One Life to Live online has come to an end. Citing economic difficulties and guild demands, the production company states it will not be moving forward with either project. This is a sad day for fans, actors and the crew involved who have been hoping for the best.
Prospect Park’s statement:
My POV: I’m very disheartened to hear this news but not very surprised. Getting OLTL and AMC ready for online was a massive undertaking that unfortunately required a lot more time (and money) than was expected. There were important questions asked soon after the initial deal with ABC was announced that unfortunately still remain unanswered.
I don’t think it’s fair for Prospect to imply the unions are to blame for this deal falling through. AFTRA, WGA and DGA’s first interest is that of their clients. No one wants to create a deal that will in the end negatively affect those involved. The livelihood of the writers, cast and crew was at stake, and I’m sure the guilds were more than willing to negotiate provided the deals were fair and ensured their people would be taken care of.
There were great mishandlings by Prospect Park that in hindsight could have been avoided. Giving deadlines when nothing from funding to contracts had been secured was a huge mistake. Announcing a late quarter 2012 start would have been in their best interest, as the company would have been given breathing room to work out all the details. Prospect could have used said time to hammer out deals with the guilds, while also keeping interest from fans over the course of the negotiations.
I’d like to know exactly what deal the Prospect offered to the guilds and what they countered with. Lay all the cards out on the table so those searching for a deeper conspiracy can see exactly what was in place.