Prospect Park (production company)

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Prospect Park
Genre Television production company Music Management, Record Label
Founded 2008
Founders 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.,[1] 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 produces the USA Network television series Royal Pains, as well as the FX Network series Wilfred and WGN's Salem, based on the real Salem witch trials. The music division is divided into the management department, which guides the careers of music artists, and Prospect Park Records, an independent record label which serves as the label home to artists such as Five Finger Death Punch and Korn. In 2014, it added British chart toppers You Me at Six to its roster.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[7] However, a year later, it was announced the plans were revived.[8]

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.[9] All My Children and One Life to Live premiered with new 30 minute episodes on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on April 29, 2013.[10]

List of Programming[edit]

Internet Television[edit]

Internet Radio[edit]

  • TOLN SOAPS Live with Michael Fairman[14]

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 lawsuit are allegations of 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, and claiming that one One Life to Live character was actually a General Hospital character.[15]

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 scheduled to resume on August 12, 2013.[16]

Soap Operas Canceled[edit]

On September 3, 2013, Prospect Park announced production of One Life to Live would be suspended until the lawsuit with ABC was resolved but All My Children would continue production.[17] On November 11, 2013, several All My Children cast members announced that Prospect Park had closed production and canceled the series again.[18][19]

Bankruptcy[edit]

On March 10, 2014 the company announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it continues its lawsuit against ABC.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waxman, Sharon (March 19, 2004). "Leading Hollywood Talent and Marketing Companies Merge". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Prospect Park Signs #1 U.K. Band You Me At Six - AllAccess.com". AllAccess.com. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  3. ^ Eng, Joyce (July 7, 2011). "ABC's Canceled Soaps Will Live Again Online". TV Guide. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Potts, Kimberly (2011-09-28). "New Episodes of 'All My Children' Will Premiere Online in January". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Soap News - Previews | ABC Soaps - Soaps In Depth". Abc.soapsindepth.com. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  6. ^ Weisman, Jon (November 10, 2011). "'All My Children' online reboot in holding pattern". Variety. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "It's Official: 'One Life To Live' And 'All My Children' Won't Continue Online". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  8. ^ "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)
  9. ^ ANDREEVA, NELLIE (2013-01-07). "Prospect Park Confirms ‘All My Children’ & ‘One Life To Live’ Revivals, Production To Begin In February". 
  10. ^ 'AMC' and 'OLTL' casts revealed at photo shoot MSN, March 1, 2013
  11. ^ a b "More One Life to Live and More All My Children Premiere (VIDEO) | Daytime Confidential". Daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman Online Radio by TOLNSoaps". BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  15. ^ LEGAL SOAP OPERA UPDATE: ABC Calls $25M Prospect Park Suit “Baseless” Deadline Hollywood, April 23, 2013
  16. ^ Prospect Park Halts Production to Soap Operas Over Union Dispute Enstars, June 6, 2013
  17. ^ James, Meg (September 3, 2013). "Reviving canceled ABC soap operas becomes a real-life drama". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ Stanhope, Kate (November 11, 2013). "All My Children Dead (Again), Cast Members Say". TV Guide. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ "'All My Children' Canceled: Online Soap Not Returning". Huffington Post. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ James, Meg (March 10, 2014). "Soap opera producer Prospect Park files for bankruptcy protection". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 5, 2014.