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Jackson Book Deal -- Seizing the Moment

7/23/2009 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson Book DealThe court in the Michael Jackson probate case just authorized the special administrators to enter into proposed book publishing agreements.

The deal on the table involves a reprint of Jackson's autobiography, "Moonwalk," with Shaye Arehart Books for U.S. and Canadian publishing rights, Michel Lafon for publishing rights in France, Heyne for publishing rights in Germany, and Heinemann for publishing rights in the United Kingdom.

UPDATE: 2:44 PM PT:
How's this for brutal honesty? The documents state, "The Special Administrators believe that it is in the best interest of the Estate for all book publishing agreements to be entered as soon as possible, as sales of the book and profits for the estate will be maximized the sooner the book is released due to the notoriety surrounding Michael Jackson's unexpected death and the resulting heightened demand for such products."

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16.

London not England    

LISTEN AMERICA....!
DO NOT...I REPEAT...DO...NOT WORRY ABOUT THE JACKSON FAMILY OR THE JACKSON KIDS. THAT CASH COW
IS JUST BEGINNING TO MOO.....!~! THERE ARE GOING TO BE SO MANY BOOKS WRITTEN ON THIS GUY AND HIS SEX-PLOITS.....EVERY GROWN MAN THAT WAS A LITTLE BOY AT HIS RANCH...EVER MAID, EVER BUTLER....HELL..I MIGHT EVEN SIT DOWN AND WRITE ONE, AND MY EX-STEP MOTHER IS THE FEMALE DANCER - MONSTER NEXT TO HIM ON HIS RIGHT IN THE "THRILLER" VIDEO....LORRAINE FIELDS!~! SHE GETS A RESIDUAL CHECK EVERY TIME YOU SEE THAT VIDEO....!

I'VE SEEN THE JACKSON FAMILY COMPOUND IN ENCINO....AND IT AIN'T EXACTLY THE SLUMS OF INDIANA ...!
THEY HAVE A SPRRRRRRAWLING ESTATE OUT THERE...AND AS FOR THIS "ALLOWANCE" SHE'S ASKING FOR....IT'S PROBABLY SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF $10,000.00 PER WEEK. FOR EACH CHILD!
AND AS FAR AS THOSE SOON TOO BE SPOILED SNOBBISH BRATS.....
WHILE THE REST OF AMERICA IS WONDERING "IF" THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE, OR AFFORD TO GET SICK, OR EVEN KEEP A JOB LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THEIR KIDS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, PARIS
, BLANKET AND PRINCE MICHAEL THE 2ND WILL BE JETTING OFF TO PRIVATE SWISS ACADEMY'S AND LIVING THE LIFESTYLE OF THE "WEALTHY AND FAMOUS" FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES....
IF THOSE KIDS WERE TEENS RIGHT NOW, THEY'D MAKE THE LIFESTYLE OF PARIS HILTON LOOK LIKE A TRAILER TRASH REUNION.
THEY WILL HAVE FERRARI'S, AND PORSCHE AND DESIGNER CLOTHES
UP THE WAZOO.......AND DOING COCAINE WITH ALL THEIR SNOBBY FRIENDS, LIKE SURI CRUISE, AND ANGELINA JOELE'S, and MADONNA'S KIDS!!!!
AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!
SO DON'T WASTE YOUR SYMPATHIES ON THOSE BRATS!
CAUSE THEY WON'T BE THINKING ABOUT YOU IN YOUR LOWLY LITTLE $250k HOUSE, MAKING YOUR $50k A YEAR SALARY...
TRUST ME!
SO PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT WORRY

1835 days ago
17.

Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Man, this MJ makes more money dead than alive. Amazing.

1835 days ago
18.

Noel    

This is very necessary. MJ's marketing appeal is at an all-time high right now. They have to strike while the iron is HOT and it is hot. Remember, the executors are responsible for the ENTIRE ESTATE. One of the biggest hurdles is paying off the current debt which is, according tabloids around $400 mil. They have to make a lot of money and make it quick. If creditors aren't paid within a reasonable length of time, assets must be liquidated and that would mean selling the his 1/2 of the Sony music catalog. They totally want to avoid that. Plus they also have to demonstrate that are controlling appropriately the image and likeness of MJ. These two guys are probably the best combination that could have the task at hand.

Folks, get over it. MJ is looking down and very glad that the folks he assigned are stepping up to the plate and laying the groundwork for a future income stream for his kids.

1835 days ago
19.

LakersFan    

This is what the executors are supposed to do makes the estate gain in value. This is going to help the estate gain revenue and help pay off all the creditors which will claim payments and in the end the children will hopefully have a bigger inheritance than first expected.

1835 days ago
20.

London not England    

LISTEN AMERICA....!
DO NOT...I REPEAT...DO...NOT WORRY ABOUT THE JACKSON FAMILY OR THE JACKSON KIDS. THAT CASH COW
IS JUST BEGINNING TO MOO.....!~! THERE ARE GOING TO BE SO MANY BOOKS WRITTEN ON THIS GUY AND HIS SEX-PLOITS.....EVERY GROWN MAN THAT WAS A LITTLE BOY AT HIS RANCH...EVERY MAID, EVERY BUTLER....HELL..I MIGHT EVEN SIT DOWN AND WRITE ONE, AND MY EX-STEP MOTHER IS THE FEMALE DANCER - MONSTER NEXT TO HIM ON HIS RIGHT IN THE "THRILLER" VIDEO....LORRAINE FIELDS!~! SHE GETS A RESIDUAL CHECK EVERY TIME YOU SEE THAT VIDEO....!

I'VE SEEN THE JACKSON FAMILY COMPOUND IN ENCINO....AND IT AIN'T EXACTLY THE SLUMS OF INDIANA ...!
THEY HAVE A SPRRRRRRAWLING ESTATE
OUT THERE...AND AS FOR THIS "ALLOWANCE" SHE'S ASKING FOR....IT'S PROBABLY SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF $10,000.00 PER WEEK. FOR EACH CHILD!
AND AS FAR AS THOSE SOON TOO BE SPOILED SNOBBISH BRATS.....
WHILE THE REST OF AMERICA IS WONDERING "IF" THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE, OR AFFORD TO GET SICK, OR EVEN KEEP A JOB LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THEIR KIDS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, PARIS
, BLANKET AND PRINCE MICHAEL THE 2ND WILL BE JETTING OFF TO PRIVATE SWISS ACADEMY'S AND LIVING THE LIFESTYLE OF THE "WEALTHY AND FAMOUS" FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES....
IF THOSE KIDS WERE TEENS RIGHT NOW, THEY'D MAKE THE LIFESTYLE OF PARIS HILTON LOOK LIKE A TRAILER TRASH REUNION.
THEY WILL HAVE FERRARI'S, AND PORSCHE AND DESIGNER CLOTHES
UP THE WAZOO.......AND DOING COCAINE WITH ALL THEIR SNOBBY FRIENDS, LIKE SURI CRUISE, AND ANGELINA JOELE'S, and MADONNA'S KIDS!!!!
AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!
SO DON'T WASTE YOUR SYMPATHIES ON THOSE BRATS!
CAUSE THEY WON'T BE THINKING ABOUT YOU IN YOUR LOWLY LITTLE $250k HOUSE, MAKING YOUR $50k A YEAR SALARY...
TRUST ME!
SO PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT WORRY

1835 days ago
21.

JO    

Good they will reprinting it. Michael wrote the book himself, and he would love people to read the truth about him instead of those junk unauthorized kind out there.

1835 days ago
22.

jenne    

I know that when PARIS is old enough she will be the one to keep her beloved father's legacy alive. I see PARIS becoming the ' Lisa Marie' of the Michael Jackson legacy. Any pictures you see of Michael and PARIS the love is so obvious. We all can see how PARIS grabs for her father's hand in videos when they are walking together. Michael raised a beautiful, smart, and heartfelt daughter who I am sure will carry on her father's kindness and generosity when she becomes old enough. I know we will see as PARIS grows she will remain the daughter her father wanted her to be. When we see the pictures of the children PARIS is the little mommy, Prince and Blanket love their beautiful sister, you can see the feelings in their eyes. I know Rebbie will forever keep Michael's memory in the safest place in his children's hearts. Thank you. and Heal the Jackson children with Love, and Kindness and not tabloid accusations. Michael always said he didn't read the garbage, he wasn't even aware of what people were saying about him because he knew the truth. I know Rebbie will keep this trash out of the children's lives.

1835 days ago
23.

Jerry Martin    

They're going to suck every cent possible out of his rotting corpse. And they know his idiot fans will buy anything.

1835 days ago
24.

chicken head    

this books sucks-- just like MJ did to the little boys

1835 days ago
25.

JoJo Dancer    

You guys do understand that this is what you want right? It's job of these guys to make as much money for the Estate as possible. It's not about greed, it's about making sure that your family and their families are provided for after you're gone. Otherwise, just die and leave it to the government. These types of deals will make sure that the Jackson family eats, Debbie Rowe gets more plastic surgeries and Paris gets a Range Rover for her 16th birthday while Michael Jr. and Blankett are rolling in strippers by the time they are 18.

1835 days ago
26.

Noel    

This is great; the debts have to bedresolved. Earlier today, AEG, the promoter of the tour filed claim against the estate. The insurance policy they had on the tour would pay only if MJ died of a drug overdose. If the official cause of death ends up being something else, they will be out a lot of money and a large of that will be assessed to MJ's estate. The estate might contest, but...this is where all of the attorney's make those big bucks. Legal actions on the MJ estate will keep a lot of lawyers rich for a long time.

1835 days ago
27.

Sidney    

This is probably why MJ wanted Branca in charge. It sounds as if he knew his stuff, based on the Sony deal. MJ knew that no one in his family had the experience and savvy to seize the moment and start generating revenue. This is a GOOD thing, as it just further secures the future of his children. Nobody is going to be interested in this book a year from now, so now is the time to re-introduce it to a generation of consumers who weren't even alive when it was originally released. This is genius, and I expect it will only get better. Hopefully the family will see that, regardless of what may have been the relationship between MJ and these lawyers and how much they stand to profit, it's in everyone's best interest to let them do what they do best and make money.

1835 days ago
28.

FULGY    

The guy isnt in the ground, and they've been making all these $$$$ deals

1835 days ago
29.

Twighlight.    

Everybody keeps talkinga bout karma and how it comes back to get you.................Ever think that's why MJ died so young?? And had such a drug problem??? HELLO???

1835 days ago
30.

Sherlyn    

OMG ....good for you Michael,that u can be in heaven...come on and take me away with yourself...

1835 days ago
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