The behind-the-scenes drama between ABC and Prospect Park just keeps getting crazier and crazier! With a little over a week to go before Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network relaunches ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, the production company is suing ABC for breach of contract over the licensing agreement. In papers filed yesterday requesting a jury trial, Prospect Park claims that ABC has been breaking the agreement and sabotaging their efforts to continue AMC and OLTL on-line.
Prospect Park’s complaint isn’t just about ABC borrowing several OLTL characters to appear on GENERAL HOSPITAL and the recent battle over Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr), Roger Howarth (ex-Todd) and Michael Easton (ex-McBain). The suit claims that in a gesture of good will, Prospect Park lent seven OLTL characters to ABC for temporary use on GH with the agreement that PP retained approval rights over those characters, which ABC failed to do. Aside from signing the three above-mentioned actors to long-term contracts and then offering them new characters when Prospect Park attempted to negotiate their OLTL returns, GH killed off the OLTL characters of Cole and Hope, and effectively killed off the OLTL character of Tomas Delgado (who wasn’t even licensed to ABC) by making him an existing GH character, Lorenzo Alcazar.
Deadline.com first broke news of the $25 million lawsuit filed by Prospect Park. For full details on the complaint, check out the Hollywood Reporter here.