NBC Offered $10 Million for Jackson Special, Which Now May Not Happen at All; Sony Bids $50 Mill for Jackson Film

Jul 21, 2009  •  Post A Comment

NBC was prepared to pay $10 million or more to telecast the scheduled Aug. 29 Michael Jackson memorial in London as a special, Roger Friedman is reporting at Showbiz411.com.

But plans for a TV special of the event, to be held at London’s O2 Arena, may have completely fallen apart, he reported, citing unidentified sources who said that negotiations came to a halt over price and due to conflict among the "players in the Jackson estate."

The network was considering slating the special for an 8-10 p.m. slot during the premiere week of Jay Leno’s new talk show, possibly before that show’s Sept. 14 premiere.

It has also been reported by numerous publications that Sony has bid $50 million for Jackson’s "This Is It" rehearsal footage that would be released theatrically.

–Tom Gilbert


  1. Let me guess, another “synergetic” idea on from Jeff Zucker’s brain.

  2. The network needs more than a “Jackson Special” to get it out of its perennial basement slot. Whose idea was this? The Jackson’s have come and gone notwithstanding Michael’s tragic and untimely death.
    Where are the creative development folks at NBC?????

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