The planned summer hiatus for All My Children and One Life to Live will begin earlier than expected — like tomorrow! In a statement to the press, The Online Network confirmed a dispute with the union representing production staffers on both soaps is causing production to stop on June 6, as opposed to June 17. When will the soaps return to production? According to TOLN, that depends on when the dispute is settled. See the full statement below.
“As a result of a dispute with the I.A.T.S.E., The OnLine Network is beginning a long-planned hiatus for both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ tomorrow instead of June 17. The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue. Right now we have 40 episodes of each show ready to post through September, and if we can resolve this issue by August, we can get back into the studio on time so audiences will enjoy uninterrupted postings of their favorite shows.
We believe we have met all contract requirements with I.A.T.S.E, and as an internet start-up, and per our contract with the I.A., we cannot afford, and our business model cannot sustain, traditional broadcast rates.
The writers, directors, actors and rest of crew have been supportive of the shows and our success. Both ‘One Life To Live’ and ‘All My Children’ consistently earn top rankings on both Hulu and iTunes since launch just over a month ago. The popularity of the shows is matched by the continued passion and excitement from the fans. We are committed to these shows, and to the nearly 300 jobs they produce, thus we are exploring every legal and logistical option to maintain our production schedule.”
Earlier this week, The Wrap broke news of a brewing conflict between I.A.T.S.E. and Prospect Park over the cost of episodes and wages for union workers.