'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Set to Premiere Digitally on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes

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January 25th, 2013

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All My Children” and “One Life To Live

Set to Premiere Digitally on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes

Prospect Park Announces Landmark Digital Distribution Agreement to Bring First-Run, Broadcast-Quality Episodes of Wildly Popular Shows Directly to Fans on Demand

Company also Closes Financing with ABRY Partners

Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY – January 25, 2013 – In a groundbreaking move that brings premium first-run, broadcast-quality programming to a mass-market audience via the internet, Prospect Park’s The Online Network (TOLN) announced today that the Company has reached an agreement with Hulu and the iTunes Store to distribute all-new episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live.” Through the Hulu distribution agreement, the hugely popular daily dramas will reach tens of millions of fans via the free Hulu.com service, as well as millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. iTunes customers can enjoy viewing on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and their Mac or PC. The announcement was made today by Prospect Park Chairman and CEO, Jeff Kwatinetz.

 

“I believe that both Hulu and iTunes have the vision, the reach and the technology to help us launch TOLN in a significant way,” Kwatinetz said. “We think these platforms are part of history, helping us to transform distribution. Hulu’s reach, platform and advertising prowess are best in class, and iTunes provides an incredible way to buy TV shows that is second to none. Through both of these partners, we hope daytime drama fans are absolutely delighted to be able to watch their favorite programs in a broadcast-quality HD format wherever and whenever they want.”

 

Separately, Prospect Park has closed its financing with ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since 1989, ABRY has completed over $36 billion in leveraged transactions and other private equity investments involving approximately 450 properties.

 

Brent Stone, a partner at ABRY Partners, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with Jeff Kwatinetz and the rest of the team at Prospect Park, and we strongly believe that they will continue to be a leader in their innovative approach to content creation.”

 

Kwatinetz continued, “We are privileged to the have the backing and partnership with Brent and his team at ABRY, who are proven, brilliant investors, and will help us reach our ultimate goals.”

 

Starting this spring, viewers can stream the beloved serial dramas “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” on the free Hulu.com service and the Hulu Plus subscription service. New 30-minute episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” will be introduced each weekday. This innovative content deal will re-introduce these venerable daytime hits in a new format perfect for the viewing habits of the digital generation. Prospect Park and TOLN plan to blend new themes, fresh stars and youthful energy with the familiar actors and writers who made these shows must-watch afternoon viewing for legions of loyal fans.

 

The agreement with Hulu also allows brands and marketers to connect with a highly desirable and engaged audience. Hulu will manage the advertising sales for both shows, and package integrated sponsorship opportunities. TOLN will also offer ecommerce and other digital marketing programs to brands and entities looking to tap into Hulu’s mass market demographic. Additionally, Hulu will promote both series across its subscription and free-to-view platforms.

 

Under the leadership of Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, Prospect Park in 2011 forged a multi-year, multi-platform licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group to continue production of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live.” Prospect Park has also entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon, the creator of both series, guaranteeing her active involvement in their continued production. “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” ended their runs on ABC Television in September, 2011 and January, 2012, respectively.

 

Earlier in this month, Prospect Park announced guild agreements with Hollywood’s major labor groups, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Directors Guild of America. The company also finalized a deal with the Writer’s Guild of America.

 

About Prospect Park

Prospect Park is a media and production company founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank. Along with successful film and music divisions, the company’s television group has numerous shows in development and breakout network hits airing including “Royal Pains” and “Wilfred.”

 

More information about TOLN series will soon be available at www.TOLN.com and www.theonlinenetwork.com.

 
  • Zach

    Cool! One step closer to seeing the hot Llanview chicks and stories again

  • TV Gord

    As someone who lives in Canada, it appears our only choice is to pay for it (Hulu isn’t available here, and it appears iTunes will be charging for it). I’m not sure the quality of these shows will be worth paying for.

    The BIG question, though, is how many casual (not diehard) fans will bother to check them out. We know the vocal minority will be no matter what, but a lot of soap fans have moved on.

  • tj

    This might work. Excited, although nothing will top the 80′s year of soaps!

  • Greg

    VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JR35

    From what a nice poster on Soap Central relayed, Hulu is free and has commercials, is only available via computer. Hulu Plus is subscription-based and has no commercials. Plus, one can stream the show on TV, a phone and other devices.

    It’s good to have options. :)

  • NBC is awesome

    What? Hulu? I HATE hulu! That’s the only way I can see them for free? Boo that! I’ll pass!

  • UKTVFan

    Not sure if it will be different for these soaps, but both Hulu and Hulu Plus have commercials. Hulu Plus is $8 per month (as opposed to the free Hulu), which gets you more series and new episodes of current series more quickly than Hulu.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Just put the shows on a cable channel somewhere and be done with it. Good grief! I’m glad they’re trying something but honest to God I just can’t see that many people taking the time to watch/stream these shows via the internet. Hell, enough of us didn’t watch them to satisfy ABC and didn’t even bother to look at them when they were on basically free television, and NOW they’re going to make an even bigger effort and even pay to watch them from the internt? Obviously, I’m missing something…

  • Marcia

    If both your computer and TV have an HDMI port, you can connect them and use your TV as a computer monitor. It’s very simple. You can also use the VGA port.

  • Melanie

    I am curious to see how all of this turns out. Too bad Hulu has commercials, and interrupts in the middle of a show. Don’t think I will invest in buying Hulu plus though. I will wait and see.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    This (where the revenue was coming from) was the missing part of the puzzle.

    As long as Hulu is paying the bills, an actual TV production is possible.

  • Dave

    This wont work for me. Live in an area where there is no broadband internet we have dialup so this dont do anything for us people in the far country.

  • Dave

    They need to make some kind of a deal with a cable channel or something that would work.

  • MBmomof3

    I watched OLTL & GH on abc.com for almost 2 years hoping TPTB would see online viewing as a viable option, when the cancellation rumblings couldn’t be ignored. They too had commercials you couldn’t FF. I’m super excited to see how this plays out for TV fans everywhere.

  • James

    Very happy about this news. Now maybe PP can get a cable tv deal for second run rights on Lifetime Network, Hallmark Channel, Oxygen…OWN…WE…ABC Family? Any other options out there?

  • Dave

    Id be appreciative since I dont have broadband and the ISP here isnt about to get it out this far. Really need some kind of cable tv deal somewhere.

  • jim

    I think to save money and to keep soaps alive, they should air new episodes for 6 months and show repeats for the other 6. This way those viewers who would watch soaps but dont want to take time to watch all year, could. Fans could rewatch a favorite episode or catch one they miss. Best of all maybe some actors would stay on their shows and keep their roles knowing they’ll have all that extra time off to do other things. Id try anything to save the soaps. Id rather be able to watch for 6 months then not at all.

  • debsafan

    That’s wonderful news. I have Hulu and Hulu Plus. I can hardly wait. I hope more people get to see it than is first though.

  • Tina

    I will watch it no matter what. I expect many if not over 80% of past viewers will watch it on hulu if only they knew about it. I found out by calling a friend who sent me this e-mail. I called 8 people and told them and forwarded this e-mail. Also if AMC and OLTL will be on the internet more people will buy laptops and computers.

  • mary

    This is great. Why did they take off the soap channel?
    We won’t. Have a problem if they didn’t so happy

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