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7 November 23rd, 2011 AFTRA Releases Official Statement on Prospect Park dropping OLTL & AMC Citing “Other Challenges” & Disappointment!

Now here is some very telling information from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).  From this official statement released this afternoon on their website, the union details that they have not heard back from Prospect Park about the negotiations for their performers for the past month! Furthermore, if you read between the lines here, AFTRA cites, “other challenges” that Prospect Park was facing unrelated to the union negotiations.  This to us, could perhaps mean,  lack of funding!  Here is the official statement below!

“AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials, One Life to Live and All My Children, via online distribution. Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions.

We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.”

All we can say is, how disappointing!  And that is saying it as nice as we can at this point!

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  1. Brian Greene says:

    I will try to remain confident & faithful on these matters, but these published details are not making staying confident & faithful easy!

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  2. david says:

    Prospect Park tried to blame the unions instead of acknowledging the truth: they never possessed the technical ability, resources, and financing to adequately support this venture from the start. What a joke. How cruel to lead people on with false hope.

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  3. Lita J. Eastman says:

    If the problem is deeper than the pocketbook and the proverbial buck stops at Ownership (Disney) not wanting the new venue to succeed and prosper shame on them. Shame on them for not thinking of it themselves. The powers preventing the move had better look long and hard at the audience make up of those they have scorned. My family spans three generations and represents ages 3 to 72. The rippling effect will spread like wildfire. The mousetrap just may have been set and bait laid.

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  4. bertha blanchard says:

    call chrystal chappell. she can help prospect park figure out how to do this. she won an emmy with her Venice

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    lew replied

    Bertha, Excellent point!! Venice and The Bay have been online for a few years and doing well.

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  5. JustSaying says:

    I suggest that Agnes Nixon start a new soap online. Not quite AMC, not quite OLTL. And let her own the rights to that soap. If Venice can make it, so should she.

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    Heather replied

    100% agree. Trying to save All My Children and One Life to Live is a total waste of time at this point.

    Agnes should instead create a brand new soap to show these networks that soap opera is still a viable business, but like everything else, it needs to evolve to keep up with the changing times. And as you pointed out, do not let Agnes repeat the mistake she made in the 1970s by selling the rights of her hard worked creation to a television network.

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