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Labor dispute resolved, production of AMC, OLTL to resume
Posted Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:06:56 PM
A labor dispute that forced the stoppage of production on All My Children and One Life to Live has now been resolved. At issue was whether or not episodes of AMC and OLTL had gone over budget.
Prospect Park and the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, New York Production Locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798, and USA829, have resolved to mutual satisfaction issues related to production of All My Children and One Life to Live that resulted in production of both shows being halted earlier this month.


Speaking on behalf of the New York Production Locals, Local 600 Representative David Blake stated, "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."


"We thank the entire I.A.T.S.E. organization for their continued support in bringing these shows to fans, and we especially appreciate the efforts of Chaim Kantor and John Ford and our entire crew for helping us to move forward as a unified team," Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz added.


Details of the deals were not released.


The dispute had centered around whether or not production on All My Children had exceeded the $125,000 per-episode ceiling that had been agreed upon during contract negotiations between the unions and Prospect Park. As a production in a new media format, both sides had to come to agreement on pay structure that was not previously part of any negotiation. Per the initial agreement, had the shows gone over budget, Prospect Park could have been forced to pay thousands of dollars in pay and other expenses.


Though Prospect Park had always planned for both All My Children and One Life to Live to take a summer hiatus, the dispute forced One Life to Live to shut down production more than a week ahead of schedule. The show's writing teams continued to work on new scripts during the work stoppage.


There had been reports that Prospect Park had planned to move production of both series from Connecticut to another location as a way to work around the contract dispute.


There will be no break in the delivery of new episodes. Even with the earlier than expected hiatus, Prospect Park had already filmed enough episodes of AMC and OLTL to continuing an uninterrupted broadcast schedule through September.


Production of All My Children and One Life to Live will resume on August 12, 2013.


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