Now Jeff Kwatinetz is Suing Prospect Park and The Company’s Investor!





One Life to Live's fictional legal eagle Tea Delgado would be able to retire to a nice villa in Puerto Rico, if she had a client as litigious as Jeff Kwatinetz! On the heels of Prospect Park amending their lawsuit against Disney-ABC to the tune of $125 million, comes a report from Deadline about Kwatinetz suing both Prospect Park and ABRY, the investment type folks who put up the cash to reboot All My Children and One Life to Live! I can't…

 

Here's an excerpt from Deadline's report:
 

The producer and talent manager is seeking a declaratory judgment over non-compete clauses in a December 31, 2012 employment agreement he signed with Prospect Park when the Boston-based investors came on board late last year

And for how the two beloved sudsers factor in to this latest source material for a future entertainment law class syllabus:

The catalyst of the complaint was a difference of opinion that Kwatinetz has with ABRY over the direction of the company, sources tell me. Specially, that disagreement has to do with the future of AMC and OLTL and whether they will continue or not. Kwatinetz was advocating the continuation of the two series.

It's so sad Agnes Nixon's iconic serials will now be forever associated with such tacky tomfoolery and hijinks; epecially when the whole "soaps are dying" talk has been all but squashed by ratings upswings for the four remaining daytime serials.

18 Responses

  1. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Of COURSE he is! :eyeroll:

    The only thing Kwatinetz has been successful at is reaching the Frons territory of loathing among soap fans…and I couldn’t be happier about that.

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    Bob Lamm

    Some of us said right from the beginning that these bozos didn’t know what they were doing. But there were those on this website who insisted repeatedly, endlessly, despite fiasco after fiasco, that Prospect Park had a great plan and had things well under control. Good thing I’ve already filed my $550 billion lawsuit against both Jeff Kwatinetz and Prospect Park. :-)

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    Patchworks

    ^^ That’s funny, @FoxCrane.

    The lawsuit has less to do with the “shelved” soaps and more to do with Kwatinetz’ ability to pursue other interest since these projects have been placed on hold. He’s asking the court to determine how the non-compete clause affects him ? Although he screwed the soaps over, I think there is validity to his claim.

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    dsmwmn

    I agree also. I going to ignore everything that happen on the online versions. What a mess! Ron C gave the show a very thoughtful ending on ABCD. PP obviously never understood the soaps or cared. They just wanted $$ and are now throwing temper tantrums because they didn’t get what they wanted. I don’t blame Debbi Morgan one bit for distancing herself from them.

    Can fans sue them?

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    pumpkin

    Why all the hate for the online version of the soaps. I liked both of them. I just don’t get it. The irony is that this conversion to online may be quicker than we think.

    I know I watch most on hulu thru tv now. They just have short 1 min commercials.

    Smart tv’s are growing quickly. QVC and online stations are selling them which gives people the opportunity to have that stuff explained to them. It is really had to explain it online or just explain. I try to explain that I watch all the shows online thru blue ray and I don’t think they get it. But the online sellers are good at explaining all the options.

    I think online is the future. The soap operas do have an older audience and that may also factor in. I did not say all and I fall into the older category so I can say that. I do see it in some of my peers. They are stuck.

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    pumpkin

    Why all the hate for the online version of the soaps. I liked both of them. I just don’t get it. The irony is that this conversion to online may be quicker than we think.

    I know I watch most on hulu thru tv now. They just have short 1 min commercials.

    Smart tv’s are growing quickly. QVC and online stations are selling them which gives people the opportunity to have that stuff explained to them. It is really had to explain it online or just explain. I try to explain that I watch all the shows online thru blue ray and I don’t think they get it. But the online sellers are good at explaining all the options.

    I think online is the future. The soap operas do have an older audience and that may also factor in. I did not say all and I fall into the older category so I can say that. I do see it in some of my peers. They are stuck.

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    Bob Lamm

    For dsmwmn (comment #13)–

    I’m afraid you have it wrong. The fans can’t sue Jeff Kwatinetz or Prospect Park. But next week both Kwatinetz and Prospect Park will be filing separate multi-trillion dollar lawsuits against the fans for not watching enough, not praising the shows enough, disparaging Prospect Park, etc. etc. :-)

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    soapjunkie88

    [quote=Bob Lamm]I’m afraid you have it wrong. The fans can’t sue Jeff Kwatinetz or Prospect Park. But next week both Kwatinetz and Prospect Park will be filing separate multi-trillion dollar lawsuits against the fans for not watching enough, not praising the shows enough, disparaging Prospect Park, etc. etc. :-)[/quote]

    That comment is just so wrong. If the product is good, they’ll find a way and watch. Look at “The Walking Dead”. A cable show getting these kind of ratings? It’s because the show is good.
    But when you break TV deals – like PP did with FX Canada – change the number of shows per weeks after the second week and give out scary press releases, yeah people are not going to watch shit that is set up to fail.
    I know people that stopped watching the online version of “OLTL” because it was just bad. I know others that were irritated by them constantly changing their plans for these shows.

    And it’s bad enough to already renew “All My Children” for a second season and then don’t go ahead with production. Fans not watching enough, not praising the shows enough and disparaging Prospect Park?
    That’s very much the fault of this so-called production company.

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