'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' Stalled by Labor Dispute
The OnLine Network moves up show hiatus "pending resolution of this labor issue."
Production on All My Children and One Life to Live has stopped a day earlier than planned over a dispute with IATSE, The OnLine Network said in a statement Wednesday.
The full statement is below:
"As a result of a dispute with the IATSE, 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 Aug. 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 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 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."
In response, IATSE Local 52 (NY) business representative Ray Fortune said that the union was in talks with representatives of the shows, and that he therefore would have no comment.