After weeks of rumors and speculation, production company Prospect Park has finally confirmed that it is producing online versions of canceled ABC soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Company heads Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz issued a joint statement announcing that they have secured financing for the shows and plan to begin production in February. Prospect Park has agreements with both actors union SAG-AFTRA and directors union the DGA. As previously reported, Jennifer Pepperman will executive produce “One Life to Live” while Ginger Smith will serve as the executive producer for “All My Children.” Agnes Nixon, who created both shows, will be a consultant. The shows will stream through Propsect Park’s new network The Online Network (TOLN.)
Over the weekend, AMC star Debbi Morgan (Angie) tweeted that she has signed a deal to appear on the online version of the show, joining the previously announced Vincent Irizarry (David) and Lindsey Hartley (Cara). No deals with OLTL actors have been announced yet. Prospect Park is reportedly attempting to make a deal with the Writers Guild of America. Presumably, writers will need to begin work shortly if the shows are slated to start filming in February.
Prospect Park initially planned to launch the online versions of the soaps in early 2012, bu lacked the financing to begin production. The details announced today are similar to what was planned last year, other than the personnel involved.
Here is the official statement in its entirety:
We are pleased to confirm that Prospect Park is reviving the beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life To Live as the anchor programs on The Online Network (TOLN). Today we are also pleased to confirm that Prospect Park has: 1) signed guild agreements with both SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the DGA (Directors Guild of America); 2) entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon the creator of All My Children and One Life to Live guaranteeing her active involvement; 3) hired Foz McDermott (coordinating producer Heroes) as TOLN’s head of production, Jennifer Pepperman (Director, One Life to Live) as Executive Producer on One Life to Live, and Ginger Smith (Producer, All My Children) as Executive Producer on All My Children; and 4) arranged the necessary financing to begin production in February on both All My Children and One Life To Live.
We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television. Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day. We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks.
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Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank