The former co-head writer of One Life to Live Sam Hall is suing ABC for what he claims are royalties owed when the iconic soap opera transitioned to the web via Hulu and iTunes, and was broadcast during the “Summer Fling With The Soaps” summer soap-block of the revival of the series on OWN via Prospect Park, who licensed the rights to both programs from Disney/ABC in 2011.
Hall served as a co-head writer of the soap opera in the mid-1980s, filed a lawsuit in New York state court. According to the complaint, ABC made a deal in 1984 with Wildercliff, Ltd. for Hall’s writing services. The agreement is said to have entitled Hall to a weekly royalty “as long as the One Life to Live series is broadcast.”
The Hollywood Reporter details, “A copy of the agreement was included as an exhibit in the lawsuit. The royalty payment was $1,000 per week, and it’s not spelled out whether “broadcast” is restricted to network television. Hall says he got those weekly royalties until Jan. 13, 2012, when the series ended on ABC. Now, Hall is stepping up to stake a claim that his old contract entitles him to royalties from that period.
“Each week during which such exhibitions by each authorized entity occurred Hall was entitled to be paid the weekly royalties,” says the complaint. “Despite due demand, Hall has not been paid any of the weekly royalties to which he is entitled for the exhibition of the series by Prospect Park Productions, iTunes, Hulu and OWN, which total in excess of $50,000.” ABC could not be reached for comment.
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