April 18, 2013 2:52pm PT by Alex Ben Block
Soaps Producer Sues ABC for Allegedly Sabotaging Online Relaunch
A $25 million legal brawl has broken out over the transition of soaps from ABC to online.
Producer Prospect Park, which licensed One Life to Live and All My Children from ABC and plans to relaunch them as web-only series beginning April 29, claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court that the network has sabotaged the relaunch and is trying to cause it to fail.
Prospect argues that it has been dealing with ABC in good faith, allowing it to use OLTL characters on General Hospital until the relaunch, but ABC actively has caused problems, including refusing to transfer the website addresses for the shows and failing to consult on storylines.
"In the ultimate act of bad faith, ABC killed off two OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital by having their car forced off a cliff," the complaint states.
While Prospect says its current legal action will not impact the planned re-launch of the soaps, the suit seeks more than $25 million in damages for breach of contract.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to ABC for comment.