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Teen sailor’s mother denies plans for show

June 15, 2010

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— The family of a 16-year-old California girl rescued from the Indian Ocean as she tried to sail solo around the world abandoned plans for a reality show before the girl set sail and has no interest in revisiting them now, Abby Sunderland’s mother told The Associated Press on Monday.

Marianne Sunderland also said 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,” Sunderland said.

The New York Post reported Monday that Abby Sunderland’s father, Laurence, said he signed a contract for a reality show weeks after his daughter set sail from Southern California last January.

Marianne Sunderland said that report and others were based on misinformation and misunderstandings.

Before her daughter set sail, she said, the family was approached by Magnetic Entertainment, a small Santa Monica-based company that expressed interest in developing a reality show.

Magnetic Entertainment shopped the show but never found a buyer, she said, and the family eventually reacquired the rights to its story. She added that family members have no interest in trying to shop them again.

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