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Erika Slezak

Reviving canceled ABC soap operas becomes a real-life drama

Reviving canceled ABC soap operas becomes a real-life drama

When Jeff Kwatinetz decided to turn the canceled ABC daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" into shows for the Internet, he accidentally cast himself into a real-life soap opera as both the hero and the villain. To revive the soaps, Kwatinetz and his entertainment company Prospect Park had to find financing, do battle with labor unions, trade legal salvos with Walt Disney Co., and fight the zealous soap opera fans who were supposed to be his most ardent supporters. "It's been crazy," said the former talent manager, now chief executive of Prospect Park. "If I were able to turn back the hands of time, there would be lots of things...

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