Can Prospect Park Still Save All My Children And One Life To Live?
But at what cost?
Variety is reporting that Prospect Park is still shopping around the possibility of migrating “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” online. One avenue would be through an overseas co-production deal, which could face a roadblock with the unions and be detrimental for the actors. They could still face disappointment and may not want to or be able to put their careers on hold for this. Their salaries and benefits would be cut drastically and the production of the episodes would suffer greatly. Budgets for Daytime soap operas have been in jeopardy before any of the cancellations have occurred, and don’t count out that budgets for the remaining soaps aren’t still up in the air. At this point, which was proved through Prospect Park’s release a few weeks ago, to take on such a venture is almost financially impossible for an hour long, daily show.
Producing and delivering these episodes are not a onetime cost. It would be an on-going expense. Fans have voiced that they’re willing to pay a fee to watch their soaps online, but these small fees wouldn’t come close to covering what it would take to deliver such a product, even online.
Despite Prospect Park not migrating AMC and OLTL online, they still hold the digital rights, and can exercise those rights, to both soap operas for “AMC” until September 2012 and “OLTL” until January 2013.
While this type of report keeps circulating, it’s difficult for us to continue reporting all of the possibilities without confirmation from Prospect Park, who are not responding to our emails. However, as part of the media, Soaps.com feels it’s our duty to notify fans when such reports arise and will bring readers any further developments should Prospect Park respond with a comment.
Contribution by Christine Fix.
- Amy Mistretta