Teen Sailor's Mom: No Plans for Reality Show

Sunderland family isn't trying to cash in, she insists
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2010 6:36 AM CDT
Marianne and Laurence Sunderland, parents of would-be solo round-the-world sailor Abby Sunderland, talk with reporters at their home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., June 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Abby Sunderland's family abandoned plans for a reality show before the girl set sail and has no interest in revisiting them now, the 16-year-old's mother tells the AP. Marianne Sunderland also says the family has no interest in cashing in on her daughter's rescue with a documentary or other deal. "There is no reality TV show, there's no documentary that's going to be made, there's no book deal."

She adds that reports of a reality show contract were based on misinformation and misunderstandings. Magnetic Entertainment, a small Santa Monica-based company, expressed interest in developing a reality show but never found a buyer, and the family eventually reacquired the rights to its story and is not interested in shopping them again, she says. Her daughter may write a book, but the family isn't pursuing a book deal.

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