From TMZ: The network bidding war over key interviews in the Casey Anthony case has gone into the stratosphere. TMZ has learned a syndicated talk show was laughed at with a bid of $250,000 for Casey’s parents!
Sources say the bidding for a Casey interview was over $1.5 million.
Now ABC News has just released a statement, saying it will no longer pay for photos and video in exchange for interviews.
The announcement comes days after TMZ published a story that Casey’s lawyer, Jose Baez, was holed up in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City, taking bids from NBC, ABC and CBS. Reportedly, Baez was in the Hotel bar Thursday night, discussing strategy with famed lawyer Mark Geragos.
Sources say all three networks were offering the same deal — they would pay a fortune to license photos and video from Casey. That’s the “official” way they can say they don’t pay for interviews. They are paying for video or photos.