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Katherine Jackson to Produce MJ Movies

7/1/2010 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Katherine Jackson is knee-deep in a business deal to produce and distribute several movies on Michael Jackson's life, and she is on a collision course with the MJ estate.

Howard Mann, the guy who co-authored Katherine's coffee table book, "Never Can Say Goodbye," is also producing a movie that will feature video from Michael Jackson's childhood through the end of his life.

We're told Katherine has hundreds of hours of video, including the family's big move from Gary, Indiana to L.A. after The Jackson 5 signed with Motown.

We're told Mann just bought the rights to 26 hours of Michael Jackson video ... owned by Michael Jackson's former business partner/confidant Marc Schaffel.  We're told Mann has paid Schaffel in the eight figures for the video.

Now here's the problem ... the Michael Jackson estate has the exclusive right to market Michael Jackson's name and image.  We're told Mann and company are comfortable with their legal position, because the beneficiaries of the estate -- Katherine and Michael's kids -- are profiting participants in the movie.  In fact, Mann tells TMZ he and Katherine plan on releasing a series of movies.

The estate would not comment, but as far as our research shows, there's no loophole when it comes to marketing Michael Jackson's name and image -- whether Katherine and the kids are beneficiaries or not.


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Michael i love you more.wish you were here with the fans that truly love and respect's a shame that people keep using you for just your money.there's more to life and a human being other than money.Michael i miss you and your beautiful and hugs angel.

1573 days ago


Wake Up Ppl - It is all about the money for Katherine, and always has been! She was the one who pushed Joe to get a record deal for the boys because Michael "won't be young and cute forever". Do your homework!
Katherine doesn't really care about getting Justice for Michael - if she did care, she would be concentrating on working with the prosecution, and not distracting the press and world attention with all her MJ deals!
While Katherine is busy promoting "unofficial" MJ events, making book and film deals with shady characters, Conrad Murray is out "saving" lives, and trying to whitewash his image!
Those film and book deals can wait till after the trial IMHO.
from Asd

1573 days ago


This is her son, she should be able to honor him any way she wants too.

1573 days ago


She's not honoring her son - she's just being as greedy as she has always been.

OK the closest comparison is Elvis Presley - but everything sold using his name goes through the estate!

Michael Jackson set his trust to prevent unauthorized use of his name and image. Nowhere does it say 'but my mom can do whatever she wants' - NO.

Once the estate debts are settled, she'll get a big chuck of m*oney (minus the 13 million she owes the Koreans), but she can't wait can she - just hurry up and be greedy!

from Asd

1573 days ago


Making money off of a loved one's death is not honoring them.

This is her son, she should be able to honor him any way she wants too.

Posted at 8:25 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by Chic

1573 days ago


26 hours of Mikey video? Sounds like a cure for insomnia.

1573 days ago

Lacey Granger    

She is as DISGUSTING as Michael Jackson. She would SELL HER SOUL for a DOLLAR BILL. That ENTIRE family has NO CLASS whatsoever.

1573 days ago


Who knew, Mrs. Jackson has MAN HANDS!!!

1573 days ago


They have all the rights of power, as Michael Jackson clearly stated in his will and estate trust.

It's clear you have no understanding of a will in probate. Nothing can be paid out from the principle until all creditors, liens, lawsuits, taxes, etc., have all been taken care of. That's the law. It could take years to clear everything.

MJ had absolutely no intention of any of his other family members getting their hands on his money. When Katherine dies, he even stipulated in his trust that her 40% ends, and goes back to the trust for the children. He did not even give her the right to leave it as inheritance to her heirs.

MJ knew how his family would exploit his image to death with classless releases to make a buck and that's why he didn't no have one of them appointed as a trustee. If he knew his own mother was going against all the protections he legally put into place, he would be shocked.

And no...the trustees don't work for nor are they employed by the beneficiaries of a will or trust. They work for the Michael Jackson Trust, and were appointed by the man who's money this is, and are to carry out HIS wishes, and NOT the beneficiaries wishes.

13. Aston. I too can't understand how the executors have such power over anything related to MJ. Having read the will and the trust do***ents, I feel sure that MJs intentions are not being carried out.
According to Joe Jacksons NOTW interview, Katherine has not recieved her 40% yet. Her day to day expenses are being met by the estate - but she has not recieved a bulk payment despite the estate being in a very favourable financial position.

It's obvious that once KJ has her 40% she will distribute the money to her family. Personally, I believe this is what MJ expected her to do. I think the executors are intentionally trying to prolong the settlement in the hope that KJ may die before the money leaves the estate (a typical lawyers tactic).

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1573 days ago


First of all, I love Mama Jackson. BUT instead of MJ's family gathering all of these people together to profit off of his death. Here's an idea...How about bring some people together to find out who all took part in his murder. HOW ABOUT THAT ****!! **** movies, belts, books and all the rest of this bull****-just sayin!

1573 days ago


The Only Pictures Of Little Wacko I Want To See Are

Come On Joe, We're Counting On You.

Posted at 9:40 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by OhWell
Hey honey
if you want to see the pics take a mirror...
and what's "autospy"?!?!?

Hugs to Deb

1573 days ago


OMG! the mans dead! let it go!

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1573 days ago


Sounds like it's time to go back to court. All involved parties might benefit from judicial involvement at this stage of the game.

1573 days ago


to jan regarding article the making of a myth.Thank you for posting this. I have been reading it, i just fininshed it.where can I read the entire article? you must tell me.I pray that divine justice clears michaels name. people crucified this man just like jesus was. poor soul. the truth has to shine with bright lights for michael!! thanks again.

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