More Details On Prospect Park's Legal Action Against ABCBy SOD Posted: Apr 19, 2013
Prospect Park is suing ABC for at least $25 million in damages, claiming that ABC has undermined its efforts to successfully relaunch AMC and OLTL and that GENERAL HOSPITAL's use of characters to which PP had granted them temporary license was in violation of the written agreement between the two companies. Among the allegations in the suit are that ABC failed to honor PP's right to approve storylines involving Llanview transplants, most notably by killing off Cole and Hope, and that the network removed theincentive of Kristen Alderson (Starr), Michael Easton (John) and Roger Howarth (Todd) to work for PP on its OLTL reboot by signing them to long-term contracts (PP also claims that ABC never informed the actors that ABC's rights to their characters were limited and temporary). ABC has yet to comment on the allegations contained in the suit. PP chiefs Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement, "Prospect Park has been and continues to be committed to creating and delivering exceptional episodes of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. We have overcome each and every obstacle in an effort to make this dream become a reality. Over and over again our effort to bring these shows to audiences has faced challenges, and yet we along with the actors, the writers, producers and the directors as well as our fans have confronted and then overcome these challenges, and we have every confidence that we will prevail again. We look forward to our April 29 launch now more than ever." To read a copy of the suit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, click here.