Prospect Park (production company)

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Prospect Park
Genre Television production company Music Management, Record Label
Founded 2008
Founder(s) Richard H. Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz, Peter Katsis
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States

Prospect Park is a Hollywood entertainment production company, founded in 2008 by Richard H. Frank, a former executive at the Walt Disney Television, along with Jeff Kwatinetz, former CEO of the talent agency The Firm, Inc.[citation needed], and music manager Peter Katsis. The company is based in Century City, California, and embodies three distinct business units: Music Management, Record Label, and Television Production. On May 3, 2011, former ABC executive Josh Barry joined the company to lead the production company.

The production company currently boasts the USA Network television series Royal Pains, as well as the FX Network series Wilfred as well as WGN's first straight to series show based on the real salem witch trials "Salem". The series premiere debuted to 1.5 Million viewers despite only being available in 63% of US households. On May 4, 2014 it was announced that Salem was renewed for a second season after only three episodes.[1] It has seven other pilot series in development.[1]

The music division is divided into the Management department which guides the careers of many of the worlds biggest music artists, and Prospect Park Records, an independent record label that is responsible for releasing one of 2014's biggest releases, and serves as the label home to Multi-Million Selling artists Five Finger Death Punch, and Korn. In 2014, it > added British chart toppers You Me At Six to its roster. In 2014, Prospect Park Records led All Labels marketshare at Rock Radio (according to mediabase)

The Online Network[edit]

The Online Network
New TOLN logo.png
Launched 29 April 2013
Owned by Prospect Park
Country United States
Language English
Website wwww.toln.com
Streaming media
Hulu TOLN
Blog Talk Radio TOLN

On July 7, 2011, ABC announced the licensing of its soaps to Prospect Park, who intended to continue production of the shows in a new paid online TV and interactive media network.[2]

On September 27, 2011, Prospect Park announced that it would produce new episodes of the two daytime soap operas, which would air on its new Internet channel starting in January 2012.[3]

On November 10, 2011, it was announced that the relaunch of All My Children had been indefinitely delayed and that Prospect Park would focus solely on the relaunch of One Life to Live.[4][5] However, on November 23, 2011, Prospect Park suspended its plans altogether to launch an online channel with All My Children and One Life to Live.[6] However, a year later, it was announced the plans were revived.[7]

On January 7, 2013, Prospect Park confirmed via press release that All My Children and One Life to Live will be revived as the anchor programs on The Online Network (TOLN). Production of the shows resumed on February 25, 2013.[8] All My Children and One Life to Live premiered with new 30 minute episodes on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on April 29, 2013.[9]

List of Programming[edit]

Internet Television[edit]

Internet Radio[edit]

  • TOLN SOAPS Live with Michael Fairman[13]

Controversies[edit]

Litigation with ABC[edit]

On April 18, 2013, Prospect Park filed a $25 million lawsuit against ABC over One Life to Live, alleging ABC failed to honor its part of the licensing agreement. Among the issues named in the lawsuits included ABC's attempts to sabotage Prospect Park's revival of the soaps by killing off One Life to Live characters loaned to General Hospital, failure on ABC's part to consult Prospect Park on storylines involving One Life to Live characters, as well as claiming one One Life to Live character was actually a General Hospital character.[14]

Labor dispute[edit]

On June 6, 2013, production of both shows was halted due to a labor dispute with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees labor union but was resolved and production was to resume on August 12, 2013.[15] Production did not resume.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "Prospect Park Sets Up Slew Of TV Projects". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  2. ^ Eng, Joyce (July 7, 2011). "ABC's Canceled Soaps Will Live Again Online". TV Guide. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Potts, Kimberly (2011-09-28). "New Episodes of 'All My Children' Will Premiere Online in January". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Soap News - Previews | ABC Soaps - Soaps In Depth". Abc.soapsindepth.com. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  5. ^ Weisman, Jon (November 10, 2011). "'All My Children' online reboot in holding pattern". Variety. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "It's Official: 'One Life To Live' And 'All My Children' Won't Continue Online". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  7. ^ "HOLIDAY MIRACLE: Prospect Park Back On Track To Revive ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’ After Deals With SAG-AFTRA & DGA" from Deadline.com (December 17, 2012)
  8. ^ ANDREEVA, NELLIE (2013-01-07). "Prospect Park Confirms ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’ Revivals, Production To Begin In February". 
  9. ^ 'AMC' and 'OLTL' casts revealed at photo shoot MSN, March 1, 2013
  10. ^ a b "More One Life to Live and More All My Children Premiere (VIDEO) | Daytime Confidential". Daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  11. ^ was a combination of both MORE All My CHildren and MORE One Life to live. Was replaced after a few wweeks with shorter, 15 minute long individual episodes of MORE All My Children and MORE One LIfe to LIVE.
  12. ^ "Prospect Park Cuts New Episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live to Two a Week! | Daytime Confidential". Daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  13. ^ "TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman Online Radio by TOLNSoaps". BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  14. ^ LEGAL SOAP OPERA UPDATE: ABC Calls $25M Prospect Park Suit “Baseless” Deadline Hollywood, April 23, 2013
  15. ^ Prospect Park Halts Production to Soap Operas Over Union Dispute Enstars, June 6, 2013