ABC Fails to Get Amendment Thrown Out in Prospect Park's Soap Suit






Mickey Mouse just lost a major battle in his legal war with Prospect Park. According to Deadline, Disney-ABC failed to strike Prospect Park's amendment to their multi-million dollar complaint over soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children.

The amendment calls for Prospect Park to be able to extend their rights to the sudsers, as well as have payments to the entertainment conglomerate "excused" as their breach of contract suit continues. The judge in the case agreed to let Prospect Park keep the amendment in their suit. Disney-ABC now has 20 days to respond to the amendment.

Prospect Park is seeking "at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits". The production company claims ABC broke their pact with them by hiring One Life to Live stars to appear on General Hospital, in an effort to create a "megasoap", and later killed off OLTL characters. Late last year, Prospect Park principle Jeff Kwatinetz filed a suit of his own — against the production company he co-founded.

 


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PP owns the All My Children and One Life to Live characters until March of 2015.

I guess we'll have to wait until then to find resolution to the Blair/Toemas/Alcazar storyline that was created on GH!

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So this means Todd/Starr/John can return to GH in 2015? Are you INTENTIONALLY trying to ruin my day??? Angry

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Actually production shut down in June 2013 and it states that if production is shut down for eighteen consecutive months the rights revert back to ABC which would happen as of December 2014 not March 2015.

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What?! Insanity!

Up is down, left it right, warm is cold, day is night!

*soul dies...

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Hope it means they are out

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who is out?. Sounds to make the agreement is frozen til the suit is settled?

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The lawsuit will last longer than the "reboots" of AMC and OLTL. Plus, the lawsuit has more intrigue and love/hate couples!

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No, it doesn't mean the agreement is frozen. It means ABC has 20 days to respond to that amendment.

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Right but the judge is letting PP keep their complaint as whole. Yeah I guess we will see in 20 days

March 13 is the next court date

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The fact remains, if the rebooted shows had been profitable as produced, then PP would have continued production during the course of the lawsuit. Who shutters a profitable business venture just because they're seeking legal remedy for something in relation to it? They do both.

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This decision might actually being doing ABC a favor. If all of PP's nonsense stays in if this ever makes it to trial, the judge will hear how ridiculous the entire claim is. That might be the best thing, in the long run.

Besides, it's not as though GH is ever going to write out Sila, Franco and Kiki and write John, Todd and Starr back in.

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This whole thing has been a clusterf**k. ABC knows they never should have cancelled AMC and OLTL.

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The ratings warranted their cancellation, but what they never should have done is get in bed with the shady Prospect Park. I still can't believe ABC trusted Jeff Kwatinetz with their properties in the first place!

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TV Gord wrote:
The ratings warranted their cancellation, but what they never should have done is get in bed with the shady Prospect Park. I still can't believe ABC trusted Jeff Kwatinetz with their properties in the first place!

The ratings warranted they get their act together. As we've seen, soaps are still viable if, you know, put some effort into them. The last remaining shows are at ratings highs because networks and producers wised up.

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Marland Fan wrote:
TV Gord wrote:
The ratings warranted their cancellation, but what they never should have done is get in bed with the shady Prospect Park. I still can't believe ABC trusted Jeff Kwatinetz with their properties in the first place!

The ratings warranted they get their act together. As we've seen, soaps are still viable if, you know, put some effort into them. The last remaining shows are at ratings highs because networks and producers wised up.

The four remaining shows are fighting for survival. They can't afford to be complacent because they've seen what happens if they do (see Guiding Light, As the World Turns, All My Children, One Life to Live). So they must "up their game," so to speak. ABC should have cancelled one soap at a time. AMC was the best choice as its ratings were tanking and had been in storyline graveyard for years. ABC should have taken their time with OLTL. However, had OLTL stayed, GH might have been cancelled. Remember that OLTL's cancellation lead Cartini to GH. Had JFP and Guza and/or Wolf remained, GH most likely would have been cancelled.

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Marland Fan wrote:
This whole thing has been a clusterf**k. ABC knows they never should have cancelled AMC and OLTL.

I thought the same thing when I saw the title.