More breaking news this afternoon from Prospect Park and The OnLine Network. The labor dispute that recently came to light by The Wrap earlier this week, has caused some issues with production now for both All My Children and One Life to Live! And because of this, the scheduled hiatus for both shows is now beginning effective tomorrow on June 6th, instead of June 17th. What this means for the future status of production remains to be seen, but according to an official statement just released by TOLN, they hope thing can be hammered out so by August they begin shooting all-new episodes on time!
TOLN Official Statement: “As a result of a dispute with the I.A.T.S.E., The OnLine Network is beginning a long-planned hiatus for both All My Children and One Life To Live tomorrow instead of June 17. The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue. Right now we have 40 episodes of each show ready to post through September, and if we can resolve this issue by August, we can get back into the studio on time so audiences will enjoy uninterrupted postings of their favorite shows.
We believe we have met all contract requirements with I.A.T.S.E, and as an internet start-up, and per our contract with the I.A., we cannot afford, and our business model cannot sustain, traditional broadcast rates.
The writers, directors, actors and rest of crew have been supportive of the shows and our success. Both One Life To Live and All My Children consistently earn top rankings on both Hulu and iTunes since launch just over a month ago. The popularity of the shows is matched by the continued passion and excitement from the fans. We are committed to these shows, and to the nearly 300 jobs they produce, thus we are exploring every legal and logistical option to maintain our production schedule.”
So AMC and OLTL fans, what do you think of the latest news? Hoping all will work out come August? Share your thoughts!