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Unions respond to Prospect Park scrapping online soaps
Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 6:58:16 PM
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The unions representing the writers and actors of All My Children and One Life to Live have issued a statement regarding Prospect Park's decision to scrap its plans to create an online network that would relaunch the two canceled ABC soaps.

As the dust settles following Prospect Park's announcement that it has decided to suspend its plans to move All My Children and One Life to Live to the Internet, some of the parties involved in talks that would have made the transition possible are now speaking out.

The unions representing the writers and actors representing the on- and off-screen talent of All My Children and One Life to Live online have responded to Prospect Park's claims that failed negotiations with the unions were a key sticking point in being able to launch the soaps online.

"We were disappointed to learn that Prospect Park's financing fell through. Prior to the end of last week, we were close to a fair deal for the writers," the Writers Guild of America said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the union representing the actors also indicated that they thought negotiations with Prospect Park were moving forward.

"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," American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said in a statement.

"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," AFTRA's statement continued. "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."

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