All My Children and One Life To Live producer Prospect Park and IATSE Locals 52, 161, 600, 700, 764, 798 and USA829 have resolved the labor issues that led to the two soaps going on hiatus 11 days earlier than planned. In light of the dispute, Prospect Park also was considering moving production of the two shows, based in Stamford, Conn., to another state. Now they will stay put and return to production as planned on August 12.
Speaking on behalf of the New York Production Locals, Local 600 rep David Blake said, “We are pleased that 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.” Said Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz, “We thank the entire IATSE 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.”
IATSE had accused Prospect Park of going over $120,000 per episode budget, which would trigger higher rates for the crew, something the production company has denied. No terms of the agreement are being released but I hear the two sides reached a compromise.