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REPORT: Labor Issue Between Prospect Park's All My Children and IATSE On Certain Episodes?

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Photo Credit: David Russell/TOLN

The Union that represents the crew of Prospect Park’s All My Children is trying to make it’s case that it’ s members may have been underpayed for working on several episodes of production of the soap, according to a report and an item in The Wrap!

According to The Wrap:  “The issue is between Prospect Park, the production company that gave the sudser a new life on the internet, and the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees – Local 52. Representatives from IATSE are going over the production’s books to see if  All My Children has gone over budget and violated a labor agreement in the process, according to an individual with knowledge of the union’s plans.

The Wrap continued by stating, “When Prospect Park revived the canceled ABC program for the web this year, it hammered out a deal with the union that allowed it to pay members less than the standard day rate as long as it did not spend more than $125,000 per episode. The union believes that on certain episodes, All My Children may have more than doubled that figure.  A spokeswoman for Prospect Park declined to comment on any discussions with IATSE but was adamant that the budget of each episode was well below $100,000.  IATSE-Local 52 did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

If the production is found to have gone over budget, that could trigger tens of thousands of dollars in back pay to union members.   It also may means that Prospect Park will have to shoulder additional costs, such as travel expenses for crew.

Moreover, the union believes that Prospect Park’s decision to broadcast episodes of  All My Children on FX Canada also violates its contractual agreement to only release episodes on the internet during the nine months after they are produced. As with any budget overages, crew members also will be compensated if Prospect Park did indeed run afoul of the contract. The company announced last month that it will no longer air episodes of the show in Canada.”

So soap fans, what do you think of the latest?  We know from reports, that AMC and OLTL are  trying to maintain a certain high level of quality in production within the framework of  their deal and contract for the online soaps with IATSE.



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The union workers most definitely deserved to be adequately compensated – no argument there. And PP HAS to stay true to what they agreed to with them.
But I also don’t want to see a situation where the union stands on their rights and possibly causes job losses for their members.
BIG picture, people! – both PP AND IATSE.

I agree.

Now I understand why people hate unions . Do they not get by arguing over a tiny amount of money the whole project will be scrapped and there will be NO money ??

There is nothing to hate here. Prospect Park made a legal agreement to stay within a certain budget. The networks are expected to follow rules so is Prospect Park. The only one at fault here would be Prospect Park

I agree. This situation is little like having a roommate who tells you they can’t afford the full share of the rent for the month, so you cover them, but then they come home with a new iPhone- and you think, if they are so poor where did the money for the phone come from? The union gave PP a break on the union wage so they could afford to put on this show- then PP spent more than they said they could afford– the union has every right to cry foul.


Unions regularly argue, it is part of their job, to make disputes ..
PP will have to put it with it ..

Not all people hate unions…when i was a kid my father belonged to a union and they helped him save his job and home…otherwise we wouldve ended up on welfare.

Mary SF is point on with her post. Prospect Park said look we cannot afford to pay the normal rate. The union made the deal with them saying ok you cannot afford to pay the normal rate then your production costs should also be at a certain place. PP agreed to that. I just feel really bad for the fans of AMC and OLTL. The revivals have already had issues with the shows being cut from 4 per week to 2 now this, what else wil happen. Hate to see the fans of these shows lose them again due to PP being so inept

As long as my OLTL is on I am happy. Why can’t they leave PP alone. They are the answer to millions of prayers. Now Canada fans are very unhappy. How is that justice? LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE.

I’m a life long OLTL fan, though I am enjoying this version of AMC as well, and agree with you. I am so happy to have OLTL back and yes, “they are the answer to millions of prayers.” Everyone should be grateful that the shows are on somewhere. LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE.

I agree!

I wonder if Prospect Park was going over budget and that is why they cut the episode count. Regardless this is just another piece of bad news and poor mismanagement by Prospect Park.

Sadly I don’t see the online revivals of these shows lasting that much longer which is sad for its fans

I heard the spending has been $80,000 and $95,000 per episode

I disagree with your last comment… We have to keep a postive outlook and not be negative….

I wouldn’t be burying a life body so fast were I you. If PP didn’t live up to their end of the bargain then the union has every right to go for what is in the contract. A deal IS a deal.
But to go from this to the cancellation of the shows – and to assume that the other stories about bumps in the road is a map to destruction is……overreaction at the very least.
PP has put it out there, unlike ABC which lied to us every which way possible. I respect that and appreciate it after all the bull we were fed for so many years.

Prospect may be upfront in some cases but they are still mismanaging things.

There are no stories there have just been many bumps in the road. After a suposed great first week there has been nothing but negative

They cut episodes from 4 to 2 per week. They lost the Canadian TV deal. Now this issue with the union. Things just seem to keep piling up.

People can say I am being negative but there has just been a lot of stuff. That is a sign of mis management. Poor management can only go so far. I hope I am wrong but I just don’t see these revivials lasting long. If that is the case I feel bad for all the fans of these shows to get their shows back only to lose them again so quickly

Please don’t blame PP-Give this new venue a chance!!!

All of these legal troubles with PP are making me nervous. I like the new versions of our shows, it’s just that PP seems to be lacking in professionalism and experience. It is worrying.

ALL the legal problems, what are are you talking about, 1 ..
It is a union dispute.. very common..
PP could very well be in the right.. They said they are and until it is proven different, I suggest to shelf all the pessimistic doom, it is not necessary 🙂

You do know things like this are common with unions lol ..

I doubt that it’s even true. Just because a union says it doesn’t make it so. More likely is the fact that because the shows are doing so well, the unions want to get a bigger piece of the pie, and with this being so new they figure they can get PP over a barrel and bully them into giving them whatever they want.

What i meant about basics is character driven stories with the regular characters they have(how is that boring?) and i suggested cut out musical guests and location shooting to save pp some money!!!

I wonder of this will affect OLTL, if they are going to be looked at I hope not – its a smaller cast so their costs shouldn’t be as much you would think


The more problems i hear about PP behind the scenes the more i feel they were the wrong people to do the reboots! If this keeps up i have a feeling these reboots might not see a second season unless they work these problems out or some other company takes over but i doubt the latter will happen. I dont watch AMC anymore and i only watch OLTL on occassion but id still hate to see either one cancelled. Both shows should stick to the basics for now, cut out location scenes and temporarily discontinue guest stars like the musical acts and maybe this will help keep costs down. Also id film them as one hour once a week with 52 episodes a year and sell them on dvd?

It’s always nice when non-fans who are non-experts jump in with criticism. This will be settled before you know it.

I agree, it is a learning curve row Prospect Park is doing everything possible to make this work there will be bumps in the road like any new thing. Also you get more content in the 2 episodes than you would if they cut it to the hour format it use to be.

Yeah, armchair quarterbacks for sure. Some people are just negative on every single question. This is all new to everyone and a different company wouldn’t make a bit of difference. Things will get worked out just like they did when soaps went from radio to tv. It takes time.

Who would want to watch a show just doing the basics anyway….boring.

Ive watched the show since the 1980s and have the entire final year on tape and i go on utube to watch vintage episodes ive missed…if that makes me a non fan then you need your head examined…im not entirely criticising the shows im trying to look for possible ways to save them…how do you know how soon this will be settled…you an expert too? Like it or not, i , just like you can express what we like or dislike about our soaps…this is what these message boards are for and a good way for these shows to see what mostly works and what doesnt…i want exactly what you want…i hope…and its for these shows to succeed…i dont claim to be an expert but after watching soaps for nearly 50 years i do know what i like and dislike about them!

Well said. Every time PP has the deceny to be honest with the viewers the crepe hangers come out ready to bury the shows. And then there’s the constant “advice” about how to make it work, or even worse, the ones who give us the “facts” about why it can’t possibly succeed.
And yet, as far as I’ve read, not one of them knows anything about launching a show, much less an online reboot in real time.
Chicken Little and “the Sky is Falling” must be their inspiration.

My little Margie…get off mine first…and grow up while your at!!!

And another thing that went right over your head….

what i meant about sticking to basics is character driven storylines and to cut costs id drop location shootings and musical guest stars for now. more content in two episodes like what?…the fillers? I still feel one episode per week at one hour would work better since pp thinks new fans wont follow everyday.

Get off my lawn….jimh…..grumble grumble….back pedal…


Is that $100,000 for everything, including salaries? Doesn’t sound like much.

These are merely the growing pains associated with moving broadcast shows to new media. Don’t panic and keep watching!

I thought today’s episode of AMC was very exciting. The tension builds.

Although I love having OLTL back… there is no tension building on it, sadly.

Something is rotten in Denmark.

It’s the cheese.

I would really like for PP to get some good publicity for a change. There are too many problems and too many changes, all leading to the impression that they’re not doing well or not in control of things the way they should be. That may not be accurate, but with one public relations problem after another, it’s the way things look and that can be just as bad as if it were true.

More bad news on behalf of Prospect Park. Over budget, now, this is making more sense why the episodes were cut per week. I have a feeling there’s more going on behind the scenes, that we’re not aware of. It doesn’t appear that this reboot will be successful. Too much have gone wrong for us to believe this will succeed. I’m grateful the shows are back, but when you hear news like this, you can’t feel optimistic about the future. Hope things improve with the management at Prospect Park, otherwise, we can see another cancellation in the works, and more workers unemployed. This is a huge labor issue and the management of the finances needs to be handled more efficiently.

Wow. A little overreaction, much?
So every time you get a cold do you make an appointment with a funeral parlor?


What’s going here? This a responsibility and NOT a toy Prospect Park!
I was just getting used to having OLTL back.

I’ve noticed on OLTL Jessica is not even mentioned… What’s up with that? All these problems will be resolved. And everything will ce on the right track…I am going to have
a positive thoughts!!!!!!!!!!! I refuse to think gloom & doom!

As a long-time (really long-time) fan of ALL MY CHILDREN I was really very happy that the shows would come back. I have watched religiously but have not been overly thrilled with the on-line episodes thus far – was hoping the new writers could breathe some life into the scripts – this reboot project has been heavy laden with problems unfortunately. Now, there are problems with the union, I don’t know, it doesn’t sound terribly encouraging.

I really just want the shows to stay on please please please

I am not a fan of unions but they rule the entertainment industry. Prospect park cut production in half, meaning employees could be seeing half paychecks. June taping was canceled probably due to money problems. Cannot imagine these shows will last the year. Scripted drama is incredibly expensive and these shows are not on TV.

They went on Hiatus 10 days early OMG the sky is falling isn’t it Chicken Little???

It is unions, they are always in a dispute..
With network tv, and movies, the unions are in disputes, we just head about PP’s, but it in common for unions..
I’m sure all will be fine.. PP most likely abides by the agreements, they said they did, so until proven other wise they have..

Now will start all the PANIC imagination stories– from doomgloom fans..

This is yet another signal that Prospect Park is in way over their heads and these reboots won’t last.

Well, how could the shows succeed when they didn’t put you at the helm?

I couldn’t agree more, Nick. I think from the beginning Prospect Park knew they were getting themselves in too deep (hence, why the original reboot did not occur) and now more problems keep coming out day after day.

Here we go again. PP should know better seeing that they produce Royal Pains for USA network. Ultimately the fault lies with ABC/D for canceling AMC & OLTL in the first place!

I am very happy for people who have their soaps “back”, but this is one out of many conflicts that have come out regarding Prospect Park and I find it disturbing. Without these union members, you would NOT have your shows so for people complaining that these workers should “leave Prospect Park alone”, think about how you would react if you were not being paid properly for a service. I hope that these workers can get what is owed to them. If this is one of the things that shuts down production, it is not the workers’ faults, it is Prospect Park’s for not knowing how to properly run a production.

If PP is in the wrong then it needs to be made right. A deal is a deal, and without the unions there would be no reboot to begin with.
BUT I don’t think it’s right to assume that PP is in the wrong until that is proved. And it’s certainly not right to assume that they don’t know “how to properly run a production” based on fragmentary information.

Well, considering it is Prospect Park who are not adequetly meeting their contractual needs with these union workers, I would say there is no question as to if they are in the wrong or not.

So funny Boes how the audit is not even done yet BUT PP is not meeting their contractual needs BLAH BLAH BLAH! OMG!!!!

I think PP made bad business decisions on many levels. The first was pushing for a production deadline by the company that financed the venture. Second, was having AMC and OLTL share the same stage, forcing the workers to more than likely work on getting things finished in time for OLTL or AMC whoever went to production first to take over their filming while the other gets time off.

I have to agree with most of you. You can’t blame the workers for wanting their fair share from PP, who has no idea what they’re doing. That’s why Pepperman’s recent article made me laugh. Pepperman and PP have no idea what they are doing, organization wise. When management in any medium doesn’t know how to run a business, it falls on the workers to compensate. And those workers get the short end of the stick.

I hope the union protects their workers and teaches PP a thing or two!

I love how some of you are calling crap on the unions. Unions are here for a reason. If Bangladesh had a union, maybe 1000 people wouldn’t be dead right now in that building collapse making clothing for you. Of course, I’m not saying PP is using such horrendous conditions, but they are responsible for what they have signed to get these shows going again. Also, if your knocking unions, you also knocking actors such as Jill Larson who worked on the original negotiations to get these shows on the internet. All actors belong to the actors union…so your knocking them down too? Same thing for writers, directors, stage hands, etc. I think PP’s eyes have opened up REAL BIG over how much these soaps actually cost to produce. In the last few years, both AMC & OLTL (along with GH) have worked within their budget by ABC…granted it still got them cancelled. PP seems to have gone over budget. Some of you aren’t fans of the large cast GH has but both AMC & OLTL seem to have large casts as well. I just don’t see the revenue coming into PP that would come in on broadcast TV or paid cable. I would love for both shows to be financially solvent in every way and have every success in the world. I’m not being a doomsayer here but what if I were? Some of you need to face the truth that PP seems to be overcome with what is required for these shows. They had quite some time to pre-plan all of this before the shows started production. The unions wouldn’t have signed on (as neither the actors, writers, etc) if all wasn’t okey dokey. To demonize the unions is rather shortsighted since if there were no unions, you wouldn’t even have actors who would want to do this at all. Granted, all is not perfect on the union side either but I find PP at fault here.

Not everyone is demonizing the unions. PP made a contract and it has to be honored. Anti-union sentiment is mostly a bunch of b.s. IMO.
But it is apparent that the PP naysayers can’t let a thing pass by – no matter how little information they actually have – to have both shows and PP dead and buried.
There are so many pronouncements by so many doomsday types who know no more than anyone else but pontificate as if they do. The pleasure they seem to get isn’t all that mystifying, either. There’s always somebody who can’t bear not to appear to know all the worst news, made up or not.
PP is letting it all hang out, which is something ABC never did. For some that’s a breath of fresh air – for others, it’s an easy target for lazy thinking.


I wish PP would let us know the truth if the ratings have picked up since cutting back to 2 episodes a week for AMC and OLTL. I hope PP is being fair to the actors and behind-the-scene workers. I don’t want to see either soap dropped due to mismanagement or lack of viewers watching. PP- what is the status on ratings?

this happens everyday people.give it a rest! The are Back Be Happy. People who are bashing PP need to wake up!! they were not born yesterday. this nothing new for them


your welcome I just know how it works

Canada can watch these shows on the internet just like we have to. I think USA or FX or Soapnet is a good idea for everyone. So for now I have my laptop & HDMI & my TV-what next? Thanks to PP for bringing our favorite shows back -GREAT SHOWS-LOVIN’ AMC & OLTL -Amazed to see our favorite actors again & missing some actors because ABC moved them to California and CANCELED them to put on stupid shows(Revolution,Chew). I hope my laptop will last a long time-it’s on for more hours now but for my favorite shows it’s worth it. PLEASE settle this dispute-I LOVE GH , too-SAVE OUR SOAPS!!!

Canadians have to purchase the episodes through iTunes. You want that for US as well?

while i am in agreement with keeping a contract on all parts, i think the issue here is going to be the Union. PP has tried to start something new with AMC & OLTL being available to us, their loyal viewers. I would have to say 99% of the time things look great on paper while sometimes it just doesn’t work right. i don’t want to see the crew of these 2 shows harmed in any way, nor do i want to see amc & oltl go away because the union will not bend and just make demands. in this economy the union can play hell on everyone involved if the maintain a stiff back without any bend in it. that is going to harm everyone involved with production of these shows…bottom line everyone loses including us the viewers……..the union has to bend here and step back

on the other side PP is not maintaining their part in airing the 2 soaps on hulu. originally it was a new show mon thru thurs for both shows…not it appears that amc is mon & wed and oltl is tues & thurs…..however there was no new show for oltl on tues….so PP may be having other issues along with the union stuff….
i joined hulu+ just for the soaps & now find my viewing of them to be not what was promised. do i continue on with my payment so i can continue to watch the shows or do i cancel my hulu+ & just watch whatever on hulu

More bad PR for PP. Wonder what news is next?

I hope they work it out. I am sure Prospect Park, if they went over budget, it was likely unintentional. I am loving the AMC reboot, and I want it to last!

After reading all of these comments I have to say Do you ppl really think that the transition from Radio to TV was some Ultra Smooth process? It wasn’t give it time everything will work out! Quit with the word Mismanage OMG really!!!

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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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‘All My Children’ Star Peter White Dead at 86

Peter White, best known to soap fans as All My Children’s Linc Tyler, passed away this week at the age of 86. The cause of death was revealed to be melanoma.

The late actor’s former AMC co-star Kathleen Noone (ex-Ellen Shepherd Dalton) confirmed the news to multiple outlets sharing that White died in his home in Los Angeles of melanoma on Wednesday, November 1st. His death was first reported by Soap Hub.

White’s first soap opera role was actually on The Secret Storm in 1965-66. Then in 1971, he joined CBS’ Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, where he took on the role of Dr. Sanford Hiller. However, he became soap-famous for his role as Linc on All My Children which he began in 1976 and it would be a role he would play on and off till 2005.

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In story, Linc was in love with Kitty Cole and later her sister Kelly (both played by Francesca James), despite his mother Phoebe’s constant interference and disapproval.

Peter later appeared in numerous primetime shows including: The Colbys, Knots Landing, Dallas, Sisters, Hill Street BluesThe JeffersonsThe Paper ChaseThe West WingStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sisters, and more.  His film roles included: Dave, Flubber, Armageddon, Thirteen Days and First Daughter.  

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However, White jumpstarted his entire acting career in 1968 with the starring role as Alan McCarthy in Matt Crowley’s original Off-Broadway production of The Boys in the Band.  Later, the drama was made into a landmark 1970 film, White and his original co-stars were all featured in it.

Share your condolences and remembrances of All My Children’s Peter White via the comment section below. But first, check out this clip when Linc was trying to help Kelly after the murder of Eddie Dorrance.

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