The producers of the online shows One Life to Live and All My Children have announced that a new union dispute has led them to move up a scheduled filming hiatus, starting the break today, almost two weeks early. But new shows will continue on their recently adopted twice-a-week schedule at least through September.
Read the company’s June 5 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.”
I.A.T.S.E. (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts) has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment. In January, Prospect Park, which bought the shows from ABC, was able to gear them up after working out deals with the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Directors Guild of America. While the shows have been well received by fans since their debuts in April, they’ve also been showing some signs of growing pains. Last month, TOLN changed the daily online airings of both shows to twice weekly airings, stating that research indicated they were “posting too many episodes and making it far too challenging for viewers to keep up.” They also made changes to the writing staff including the promotions of Lisa Connors and Chip Hayes to co-head writers of All My Children, and Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga to co-head writers of One Life To Live.