Prospect Park, which revived ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE on The OnLine Network earlier this year, is in talks with IATSE 52 locals, which say the company violated their labor agreement by airing some of the series episodes on cable in Canada and spending more per episode than the agreed-upon $125,000 budget ceiling.
Prospect, which said it has met all union requirements, put the show on hiatus this month more than a week ahead of schedule because of its tiff with IATSE, which has about 40 members on the crews of the shows. IATSE officials are downplaying the dispute and told Backstage it should be resolved before the shows resume production in August. The producers and the union have a contract that runs through December 31.
"We are committed to these shows," Prospect Park said when they announced the early hiatus, "and to the nearly 300 jobs they produce, thus we are exploring every legal and logistical option to maintain our production schedule."