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IATSE settles dispute over 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live'

June 20, 2013|By Meg James
  • Production firm Prospect Park said Thursday that it had reached an agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees that will allow the production of online soaps to resume. Above, the cast of "One Life to Live."
Production firm Prospect Park said Thursday that it had reached an agreement… (Prospect Park )

In true soap opera fashion, several locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union have kissed and made up with Prospect Park, a production firm behind online versions of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."

Production of the Web soaps was abruptly halted earlier this month amid a dispute over payment rates to union members.  IATSE represents crew members.

Prospect Park said Thursday that production of both Web soaps should resume Aug. 13, after a planned summer hiatus.  The company had abandoned production this month for about 10 days after it began squabbling with IATSE over show budgets and payments to union members.

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The soaps shoot in Connecticut to take advantage of that state's tax credits for film projects.

Prospect Park in April rolled out the online versions of the two shows, which delighted generations of fans when they ran on the ABC television network. ABC pulled the plug on the soaps in late 2011 and early 2012, worried that the network would soon lose money producing the labor-intensive programs.

Prospect Park first tried to produce the two shows without union participation but that proved impossible, so it negotiated agreements with the various guilds.

IATSE's New York Production locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798 and USA829 were part of the agreement announced late Thursday.

"We are pleased that the parties were able to successfully address their concerns in a mutually beneficial way, which will enable these innovative shows to continue to be produced with our talented crews," IATSE Local 600 representative David Blake said in a statement on behalf of the New York production locals.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Richard Verrier contributed to this report.


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