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24 October 6th, 2011 The Man behind Soaps Revival: Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwantinetz on AMC & OLTL transistion and new territory!

So want to know more about one of the men behind Prospect Park? The guy leading the next wave of the hopefully resurgence of the soap opera genre? Well look no further than the New York Times new profile piece on Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwantinetz!

If you read the entire piece, you will understand from whence he came, and what Prospect Park is trying to do with the upcoming the Online Network (TOLN.com) and the rebirth of One Life to Live and All My Children when they move to their new home next year.  In the article, there is also an update on where things stand in terms of talent acquisitions for the shows and more.  Here are just a few excerpts from the feature!

“Kwantinetz spoke quietly about his new life, mentioning that he is often in bed by 11 p.m., watching that day’s installment of  One Life to Live. He works 16-hour days and aggressively went after the rights to ABC’s canceled soaps, seeing them as the perfect anchors for his online ambitions because of their loyal fans.”

“Prospect Park wants to introduce the Online Network in mid-January, when One Life to Live is scheduled to end its run on ABC. (All My Children concluded last month.) Mr. Kwatinetz still needs to complete deals with various unions to move the shows online with current cast members. Whether the longtime star of  All My Children, Susan Lucci, will stay is unclear, and negotiations with her continue.

“Plans call for new episodes to be streamed on the Web site and then made available on living room on-demand systems and, a few weeks later, on a traditional cable channel. Mr. Kwatinetz intends to make additional money by selling advertising and syndicating the shows to other Web sites like Hulu or Google.”

So what do you think about the Prospect Park situation knowing who is leading the charge, after the enlightening feature?  We think, it’s good to have some one with a vision and persistent at the top championing the genre and its fan base.

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  1. Brian says:

    They have my full support ! Long live “One Life To Live” ! I will watch this show anyway they present it to us.

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    Judi replied

    I am very excited that Prospect Park is intelligent enough to know that there are millions of viewer for OLTL !! Look what a big mistake ABC made with the CHEW!! low ratings!! should have kept AMC and OLTL,,, stupid! I AGREE LONG LIVE THE LONG STANDING OLTL!!! TY for keeping it going.. You already have the fans!!!

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  2. ethel says:

    i am now more positive about prospect park then ever – thank you for this info michael!!

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  3. Janis says:

    This is such great news for the fans! I am still trying to watch AMC at noon here in CA and am biting at the bit for our canceled soaps to be reborn on PP! I trust PP to fulfill the fans desire to continue the AMC & OLTL Legacy and thank them for the rescue from the jaws of certain death! We fans will surely make PP’s new online network, on-demand and cable channel formats a success. Kudos Prospect Park!

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  4. meg says:

    THEY NEED TREVOR ST JOHN

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  5. meg says:

    JEFF SOUNDS LIKE A INTERESTING GUY ,I WISH HIM THE BEST

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  6. vik says:

    Happy hes a OLTL LOVER!

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  7. Oliveria says:

    Great news.

    We do need TSJ and Robin S online

    Also no fee because that would be a problem for me and other people who are poor

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  8. CINDY says:

    If he has love of business to keep it going thru thick and thin he has it made.I know a lot of people say they can’t want watch it on line for different reasons.If this company is smart and starts seeing a soap channel in the future he will have millions of faithful viewers.

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  9. Blake says:

    How awesome! And Frons and Sweeney had no idea they would be picked up and survive after killing them on network tv. The men behind PP sound like they have their stuff together and are going to make successes out of this! Woo hoo!

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  10. Jan says:

    GREAT NEWS!

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  11. Brian Greene says:

    I like what I am hearing about this! :)

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  12. Judi says:

    Again, I am so excited and Prospect Park are very smart as they already have the fans for OLTL… 40plus years! and AMC… to bad ABC didn’t used their heads! The Chew? low ratings already! TY so much as I can’t be without my soap OLTL… and hope the characters stay with the show. Pls keep us posted. I love that you care about so many fans! The fans just needed someone who listened.. TYVM!!
    !

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  13. lipstickcat says:

    It sounds great! As long as I can still watch the soaps on T.V. I’m happy!

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    KittenPutten replied

    But what do you mean by TV? On cable? Regular TV? I haven’t heard about that.

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    lipstickcat replied

    Yes! Read the above article. They say it will first be on the web, then on demand & traditional cable! I hope it happens!

  14. Emily says:

    I’ll watch AMC and OLTL on PP. I hope GH dies off on ABC and is NOT picked up on PP.

    Please do not pick up GH!!!! I want to see GH go down in flames that are visible from space.

    PP guys — I can’t wait to see what you do with AMC and OLTL!!!! Cheers!!!!

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  15. KittenPutten says:

    I have a question about watching the soaps online. I went to ABC to watch a video to see if it would work. It did, but not the quality of what I see on TV. Under “help” they show these system requirements:

    •”Adobe Flash Player 10.0.0 or later
    •Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Firefox 2.0 or later, Safari 3 (Mac only) or later, Chrome 3.0 or later (Adobe Flash playback only)
    •Microsoft Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Linux (Adobe Flash playback only)

    For optimal playback experience, your computer should have at least 512 MB of RAM, a video card with at least 128 MB of RAM, and a high speed Internet connection (DSL or cable modem).”

    I have 199.GB of RAM. Whats the difference between MB and GB? I don’t know if I have the other stuff. I have internet explorer but don’t know what type, Adobe but don’t know if I have flash player. Everytime I try to download it it disappears.
    I have WINDOWS XP, – that’s all I now. HELP! ANY advice will be appreciated.

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  16. KittenPutten says:

    “Plans call for new episodes to be streamed on the Web site and then made available on living room on-demand systems and, a few weeks later, on a traditional cable channel. Mr. Kwatinetz intends to make additional money by selling advertising and syndicating the shows to other Web sites like Hulu or Google.”

    Does the above mean it will wind up on TV / What is a video on demand system? Help!

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    lipstickcat replied

    Sure sounds like they hope to put it on T.V.! VOD is on your system’s cable box.

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  17. rhymer says:

    I’ll watch AMC and OLTL online or on TV – but must admit, I’d prefer TV. We fans knew “The Chew” was dead in the water from its inception. You don’t mess with soap fans. We are a loyal and dedicated bunch. As women are the largest group of soap opera watchers, the last thing we want is something that contributes to the repetitive chores of everyday living. Cooking is not what most of us covet on TV. What we want and need is an escape from the monotony – and that is what soaps provide. How foolish of ABC not to realize that !!. By ignoring the fans, they will find themselves reaping the whirlwind.

    Our congratulations and thanks to PP. They shall find us to be very grateful via our support of the Web site and its considered alternate venues. Thank You, Mr. Kwantinetz!!!

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  18. rhymer says:

    To Emily,

    I don’t watch General Hospital – stopped way back when Luke and Laura were the most popular couple. – so I’m sure I’ve missed a lot in the interim. Why are you so anti-GH? Just curious.

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  19. rhymer says:

    One other thing – After reading KittenPutten I realized that we might need some SIMPLE instructions on how we will be able to properly access the internet form of viewing. Hope you will be able to provide it. Thanks.

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  20. Mags says:

    I can’t wait. Watched these two shows forever and will follow them anywhere. Thank you so much for thinking of the fans. :)

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