A labor dispute has prompted producers to stop filming its iconic soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live.
A statement released by the two shows' producer, Prospect Park, said it had decided to begin a long-planned hiatus earlier than planned because of a dispute with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The hiatus will begin today (Thursday) instead of it's scheduled date of June 17 and is expected to end August 12 pending resolution of the labor issue, according to a statement by Prospect Park.
"We believe we have met all contract requirements with IATSE, and as an internet start-up, and per our contract with the IA, we cannot afford, and our business model cannot sustain, traditional broadcast rates," the statement said. "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."
ABC licensed All My Children and One Life to Live to Prospect Park after the network canceled the two iconic soaps, which are now running on The OnLine Network.