Amid ongoing labor disputes, production on online soaps All My Children and One Life to Live will stop for an early summer vacation on Thursday, Deadline reports.
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"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," Prospect Park said in a statement. "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."
The soaps' producer Prospect Park and technicians' labor union I.A.T.S.E. — Local 52 have a dispute about pay rates for the shows' stagehands and technicians. Because the $120,000 per-episode budgets ran over, the union is asking for more money. Prospect Park won't pay, citing that the existing broadcast rates couldn't sustain their online startup business model.
In addition to the production setback, a source told the website that production of the shows could move from Connecticut to another state pending resolution efforts.
The statement added, "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."
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