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Rescued Miners Could Make a Fortune from TV Deals

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 14th 2010 7:55AM
Freed miner Luis Uzura celebrates withPresident Sebastian PineraNow that their long captivitiy is over and they've been reunited with their loved ones, the 33 miners who were trapped for weeks inside the San José mine near Copiapó, Chile can start adjusting to life above ground. But what happens now?

It seems likely that their ordeal will prove life-changing in many ways, not least financially. The men have been hailed as heroes and the world is eager to hear their stories. Their families are believed to have been besieged with lucrative offers of TV interviews, movies, book deals and endorsement offers.

According to 'Broadcasting & Cable', industry insiders estimate that the miners' story could be worth several hundred thousand dollars to TV production houses, and with over 1,000 journalists camped in and around the town of Copiapó, the race is on to secure the first exclusive TV interviews.

Although U.S. television networks do not pay outright for interviews, the miners and their families could receive all-expenses paid trips to New York as well as payments to license photographs and home videos.

Alejandro Pino, the safety supervisor at the San José mine, told reporters on the scene that he had conducted mock interviews with the miners before the rescue operation began, instructing them on how to answer the inevitable barrage of questions.

In an extension of the group spirit that helped keep them alive and sane underground, the miners have reportedly agreed not to speak to the media about their experiences initially, and have asked a lawyer to draw up a contract to split equally all profits from their experiences. However, it's unclear if such a contract would be enforceable if one or more of the men tried to back out.

Some believe that 40-year-old Mario Sepúlveda could be the breakout star of the group, although he's declared that he wants to be treated as a miner, not a celebrity. He compiled video diaries of life underground, which have already been shown around the world. Speaking about his ordeal, he declared, "I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God."

Whatever happens, the miners' lives will never be the same again and they will now have to deal with the aftermath of being thrust into the spotlight on an international stage.

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they are rescued they are fine as far as I am concerned its over don't need to hear about them or see them anymore.

October 14 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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