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Posts Tagged ‘Larry Garrison’

‘The Atlantic’ Profiles TV’s Tabloid News King

vandersloot061710.jpgThe name Larry Garrison probably doesn’t ring many bells to the average TV news viewer, but they have almost certainly seen his handiwork on the air.

As many TV news bookers and producers know, Garrison is one of the industry’s most prominent “fixers,” someone who delivers tabloid stories and interviews to programs looking for some spice… or at least an exclusive.

The Atlantic profiles Garrison, dubbing him “The News Merchant”:

Missing toddlers, murdered coeds, septuplets, serial killers-an endless parade of freaks and victims is marched through the studio sets of Dateline NBC, 20/20, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and countless other shows, all to satisfy viewers’ seemingly insatiable appetite for real-life tears and melodrama. Sometimes network bookers go out hunting for subjects themselves, armed with bouquets of flowers and boxes of tissues and the names of their star anchors (Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer) as chits. In many cases, though, Garrison gets there first, locks up the rights to the person’s story, and becomes an unavoidable middleman in whatever transactions follow.

News networks and programs all insist they do not pay for interviews with subjects, but as we have written, they often do. Garrison serves as a middleman, becoming the fig leaf that allows them to maintain some semblance of innocence:

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Anthonys Fire Spokesperson For Making Money Off TV Appearances

today_11-13.jpgIn the latest twist to the Caylee Anthony disappearance story, George and Cindy Anthony (grandparents of Caylee) have fired their spokesperson after it was found he profited from their TV appearances, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

We reported that ABC News in September and NBC News in October paid licensing fees for pictures of the Caylee and Casey Anthony.

According to the couples attorney Mark NeJame, spokesperson Larry Garrison was taking the money for himself.

vargas_11-13.JPG“I never agreed to go on any shows for money,” Cindy told the Sentinel. “I was told numerous times that nobody was making any money.”

Garrison denies the claim, saying he resigned “due to the erratic behavior of the Anthony family over the last two months.” He says he was the “story broker” and negotiated payment with the news agencies.

In news that should surprise no one, Garrison was part of the last major mainstream media story of a missing person, the Natalee Holloway investigation.