The Union that represents the crew of Prospect Park’s All My Children is trying to make it’s case that it’ s members may have been underpayed for working on several episodes of production of the soap, according to a report and an item in The Wrap!
According to The Wrap: “The issue is between Prospect Park, the production company that gave the sudser a new life on the internet, and the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees – Local 52. Representatives from IATSE are going over the production’s books to see if All My Children has gone over budget and violated a labor agreement in the process, according to an individual with knowledge of the union’s plans.
The Wrap continued by stating, “When Prospect Park revived the canceled ABC program for the web this year, it hammered out a deal with the union that allowed it to pay members less than the standard day rate as long as it did not spend more than $125,000 per episode. The union believes that on certain episodes, All My Children may have more than doubled that figure. A spokeswoman for Prospect Park declined to comment on any discussions with IATSE but was adamant that the budget of each episode was well below $100,000. IATSE-Local 52 did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
If the production is found to have gone over budget, that could trigger tens of thousands of dollars in back pay to union members. It also may means that Prospect Park will have to shoulder additional costs, such as travel expenses for crew.
Moreover, the union believes that Prospect Park’s decision to broadcast episodes of All My Children on FX Canada also violates its contractual agreement to only release episodes on the internet during the nine months after they are produced. As with any budget overages, crew members also will be compensated if Prospect Park did indeed run afoul of the contract. The company announced last month that it will no longer air episodes of the show in Canada.”
So soap fans, what do you think of the latest? We know from reports, that AMC and OLTL are trying to maintain a certain high level of quality in production within the framework of their deal and contract for the online soaps with IATSE.