LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Casey Anthony Palm Springs interview has been offered by Al Taylor at $1 million. Casey Anthony was in Palm Spring face to face with producer Al Taylor of Private Elevator Productions when the offer was made. Taylor has been flashing to news in recent days a check drawn on “Bank of Cayman Islands” with the name of Private Elevator Productions of Palm Springs, dated July 13, 2011. Ironically the check is No 1001. Schalmo Production of Ohio has allegedly offered Casey Anthony $5 million. But was that offer valid?
Casey Anthony was in Palm Springs when she met with Taylor. In a news interview, Taylor confirmed the location to HLN. But in a subsequent interview, Taylor backtracked. â€śI can neither confirm nor deny that Iâ€™ve had a meeting in the Palm Springs area to discuss the million-dollar offer directly with Casey Anthony,â€ť Taylor said today.
It remains unclear if Jose Baez was with Anthony during the interview. Taylor seems to suggest that Baez was present.
Baez, according to Taylor, is unhappy with Taylor and the offer. Taylor says “Jose’s a great lawyer but he’s not a great agent. Take the money”. Taylor goes on to assert that he is the only person willing to offer the money. He claims he has an oral agreement; Baez has yet to confirm even the existence of the meeting.
LALATE has earlier reported that Jose Baez was successful with Casey Anthony, early in the litigation, to secure a six figure deal with ABC News for the licensing of images and video. LALATE also asserts that book publishing, not television broadcast, is the most lucrative route to follow. Book advances today can run far in excess of $10 million while providing the author income in back-end.
Casey Anthony questioned whether the TV offer was even valid. Taylor confirmed to news that Anthony’s first words were basically “show me the money”. Taylor has asserted a down payment of $100,000 would be given upon execution of the agreement. Typically, talent can demand far more than 10% down payment at the time of contracting for a TV deal.
While terms of the agreement are unclear, Taylor suggests the fee would be solely for a recorded news interview. Taylor’s company reportedly would license the broadcast rights domestically for free and then sell the broadcast rights internationally. Taylor would not detail if he had a history of licensing news broadcasts to international markets, or whether he has participated in TV distribution markets such as NAPTE, Cannes MIP-TV, or LA Screenings.
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Rights owners typically segment markets by geographic region – either county by county, or continent – and even further split markets by languages. Distribution license agreements can call for exclusive, perpetual rights for the territory, or one time broadcast rights.
Taylor did indicate he has received international interest. Taylor, however, would not indicate what license fees, and territories, might be involved internationally.
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The interviewer was not yet determined. Anthony reported demanded that she not be referred to as “Tot Mom” during the interview. Tot Mom is the reference brandished by Nancy Grace who still asserts Casey Anthony is a murderer.
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WESH Orlando yesterday reported that a “called Schalmo Production, based in Ohio, claims to be offering Anthony $5 million for an interview.” The TV news channel added that the company had tweeted “Just received a great call. In contact with defense team and Jose’s agent. 5 million offer for CaseyAnthony. Negotiations tomorrow.”