The race to secure Casey Anthony's first post-acquittal interview is already heating up -- and it's likely that the major networks are clamoring to come up with enough money to make it happen.
"Know 2 producers who are already calling her people to get first interview!!!" PopEater's Rob Shuter tweeted less than an hour after she was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.
Too soon? Perhaps, especially since Anthony still faces four years in prison for providing false information to police. However, a Casey Anthony interview will most certainly mean huge ratings for the 'lucky' network -- and huge ratings equal big money.
Many major news organizations say they refuse to pay for interviews, but sometimes networks admit to paying interviewees a 'licensing fee' for photos and videos. Most recently, ABC News paid Anthony Weiner's online sexting partner, Meagan Broussard, between $10,000 and $15,000 for the photos the disgraced senator sent her via Twitter and text message.
ABC News also paid the so-called "Botox mom" a $10,000 licensing fee for her story. She later admitted that she lied about injecting her daughter with Botox.
"Licensing footage is a standard industry practice done by television to produce a visually complete story," a spokesperson for The Early Show on CBS told Adweek after the Weiner story broke.
The closest we have to compare to the Anthony trial is OJ Simpson's double murder trial in 1995. The acquitted Simpson wanted to share his side of the story on a pay-per-view tell-all, but networks backed off when word got out. He eventually told his story on BET and hawked his $29.95 video that told the 'real story.'
Simpson later made headlines when he published a book If I Did It, a 'hypothetical' book that detailed how the former NFL star would have killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Many took the book as his confession to the murders -- and he was reportedly paid an advance of $3.5 million for the rights to the book. The book's rights were eventually transferred to Goldman's family so he didn't receive the profit he hoped to get.
How much Anthony receives for her interview is anyone's guess, but it'll likely be in the hundreds of thousands or millions in 'licensing fees.'
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