Why I Won't Be Able to Fully Support Prospect Park's Efforts to Reboot All My Children and One Life to Live Until a WGA Deal is Made



The revolution will be web-ivised. At least Prospect Park principle Jeff Kwatinetz is hoping it will be. The entertainment mogul—who is busy attempting to relaunch cancelled ABC Daytime soaps All My Children and One Life to Live with his partner Rich Frank— gave a brief interview about the endeavor to the New York Times. Said Kwatinetz:

“I know it’s been a long journey, but the timing is actually fortuitous as TV viewing is evolving rapidly in our direction,” Mr. Kwatinetz said in an interview. “The adoption of online TV in the last year has begun to move exponentially as viewers start to realize the immense advantages digital distribution affords. But all of that is unmatched compared to the relentless fan support. Since they didn’t give up, neither did we.”

Kwatinetz is definitely saying all the right things, but I will be much more comfortable in supporting Prospect Park's efforts once a fair and mutually beneficial deal is made with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). In soap opera, story comes first.

According to my sources, Prospect Park didn't even approach the WGA until the Friday between Christmas and New Years, though published reports state they presented the Guild with an offer "a few weeks ago". Why start leaking details when only pacts with the DGA and SAG-AFTRA were secured?

Would PP have even approached the WGA at all, if I hadn't revealed they initially planned to forego negotiations and hire writers with Financial Core status? Now actors are on Twitter pressuring the Guild to make a deal, when from what I understand, PP presented the WGA with a "take it or leave it" option, and said they wanted a response in four days time. Not cool. Strong-arm tactics aren't the way to go.

The people who will be writing the new versions of All My Children and One Life to Live have just as much right to see their pensions, residuals, health benefits, etc. be properly cared for as those who will direct episodes and star in them. Everyone involved is more than prepared to take significant pay cuts from daytime rates, that isn't at issue — a proper deal with the WGA is.

 If PP hopes to go into production next month, someone (preferably a Guild writer) needs to be writing story bibles. Here's hoping Prospect Park can make a go of it this time around, but only if it's done the right way. 


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its all going to work out then ....
Im not sure why everyone is griping about with all the negatives.. they wouldnt release that type of announcement if they did not have it all together ..

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From what I've managed to glean, all PP really cares about is getting production off the ground before their contract ends and the rights revert back to ABC. To them, it's probably most essential to get the actors to act and get the directors to film. PP probably doesn't care about the WGA because they assume that any old schmuck can cobble together some dialogue and call it a script. Who cares how good the episode is as long as they've held up their end of the bargain to produce one?

I want to be happy for these shows, but this has disaster written all over it. If they're really trying to make this work, they should worry most about putting out a quality product (which means not waiting until the eleventh hour to get production off the ground, number one). No one's going to tune in and stick around if these shows suck. But I'm afraid right now PP's only concern is having a product at all, so as to have not wasted their investment by sitting on their hands for a year and a half.

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I think it will all work out this time ...

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hothunk wrote:
its all going to work out then ....
Im not sure why everyone is griping about with all the negatives.. they wouldnt release that type of announcement if they did not have it all together ..

I agree. I'm not going to freak out, I'm curious to see what happens. I really want these to work. I can't wait to watch OLTL again for sure!

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hothunk wrote:
this seems to be a go .... agnes nixon even announced. Surely she would not do that , if it was an iffy situation.

Agnes had similarly glowing words LAST year...before everything fell apart.

It's very possible that she and the actors who have made comments have a bad case of wishful thinking. Well, wishing doesn't always make it so...

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Thank you for pointing this out!! It’s great the Agnes is supportive but she was last time as well and look hoe that worked out. I’m not sure why people think Agnes statement make this a done deal or a good thing.

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They should let Agnes do some outlines and help with both story bibles. I think they should've gone to the WGA first

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Maybe thats what should happen, writing is the key reason viewers have been tuning out of these shows for years.

GH has proven that good writing coupled with the characters viewers want and you strike gold.

I dont care who the writer is as long as its interesting and they dont treat us viewers like idiots.

My prediction, GH will either be number 1 in the near future but it will definitely knock that crapfest B&B out of the number 2 spot.

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Do the other online soaps have deals with the WGA, or any of the other unions and guilds? And let us not forget the crew....Many union craftsmen lost their jobs when the soaps went under. IATSE members should be supported also.