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New life for ‘One Life,’ ‘Children’

Online production for ex-ABC soaps to begin in February

Plans to bring former ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” back to viewers in an online format are moving forward after a delay of more than a year.

Prospect Park toppers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank announced today that a number of hurdles, including financing, have been overcome and that production will begin in February on the two daytime dramas, which will become anchor programs on The Online Network.

Plans to bring the soaps online were hatched in 2011. “All My Children” aired its last episode on ABC in September of that year, while “One Life” went off the air the following January. But the projects were put on indefinite hold in November 2011.

Now, however, Prospect Park confirmed it has signed guild agreements with both SAG-AFTRA and the DGA, entered into a consulting agreement with series creator Agnes Nixon and named Ginger Smith exec producer of “All My Children” and Jennifer Pepperman exec producer of “One Life.” Smith was previously a producer on “Children,” Pepperman a director on “One Life.”

“We of the ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children’ families are thrilled to bring our beloved viewers new, ongoing stories from Llanview and Pine Valley,” Nixon said in a statement released on Facebook. “I’m overjoyed that so many actors you love have voiced their desire to bring their characters back to life.

“I’m especially grateful to Prospect Park for deploying the power of you, our fans, to enable this exciting transition to dramatic production for the Internet. It’s a historic moment, comparable to how life was changed when television took over from radio. We hope this wonderful opportunity will be embraced by all as our creative teams gear up to bring our beloved serials back to our daily lives.”

In addition, Foz McDermott will be TOLN head of production.

“We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television,” Kwatinetz and Frank said in a statement. “Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day. We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks.”

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