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joecool84 wrote in save_our_soaps

A demonstration protesting the cancellations of the ABC soap operas All My Children and One Life To Live has been planned for May 17, 2011 outside Lincoln Center. The rally will be held from
2:00 pm-6:00 pm to target the advertisers arriving at Avery Fisher Hall for ABC's Upfront Presentation
at 4:00 pm.

We would like to inform you of the rally and an extended and invitation to attend and join us to make a stand against these cancellations. Also if you are able invite family, friends, and any one you know who have a vested interest in these shows as artistic forms of entertainment and/or potential career opportunities to attend.

With the recently announced cancellations of the two shows, ABC/Disney is eliminating the jobs of approximately 800 WGA, AFTRA, DGA, NABET-CWA and IATSE members. Following the announcement by ABC Daytime president Brian Frons, both AFTRA and the WGAE issued statements condemning Disney's plan to displace these workers. New York City is of particular interest since One Life to Live is the last remaining scripted daytime drama taped there. Extra income for starving TV and Broadway theatre actors and others involved in the performing arts will be gone. These cancellations could have future repercussions for primetime television entertainment and employment opportunities as well.

The cancellations are also creating a ripple effect throughout communities and within the industry. (Print publications Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly announced staff reductions shortly after the cancellations were announced.) Viewers of the two cancelled shows are naturally upset about losing treasured scripted dramas, but are also concerned for the actors, designers, technicians, producers, directors, musicians, composers, graphic artists, photographers, writers and other professionals who will soon be unemployed in this harsh economic climate.

We encourage you to forward or pass this information along to college students majoring in Performing Arts, and to any professional or social organizations whose members might be able attend these rallies to not only stand for these hard-working, talented professionals who face unemployment over the next few months, but to help preserve scripted programming and the arts for future generations.

For further information or to let us know you plan to attend the protest rally, please link to our Soap Fans United website at or email us at

Thanks for your consideration,

Shawn Brady/Maree Blackston
Soap Fans United

Soap Fans United Protest Rally
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
2:00 pm – 6:00pm
Lincoln Center – 132 W 65th St & Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023


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