Oct. 3, 2011 at 6:51 PM ET
The appeals trial is over. Next comes the Amanda Knox media frenzy.
Now that Knox has been freed from an Italian prison, experts expect the American accused of murder to become a hot media property as talk shows, book publishers and others vie for her story. That story may have become all the more alluring now that Knox's conviction has been overturned.
“It’s quite expected, and especially since she was acquitted there’s not the feeling that you’re contributing to someone who’s committed a crime,” said Harold Vogel, author of “Entertainment Industry Economics,” a book about the financial side of the media industry.
Knox’s story has already generated a sizable media industry. The 24-year-old and her then-boyfriend were accused of murdering Knox’s English roommate in an extremely violent sex crime while she was studying abroad in Italy four years ago.
The salacious crime and trial prompted numerous books with tantalizing titles such as “Angel Face,” “The Fatal Gift of Beauty” and “The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox.”
There’s even a Lifetime movie, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,” which generated controversy earlier this year after the families of both Knox and murder victim Meredith Kercher objected to some scenes before its release.
Still, experts say there’s still plenty of room for more to be told about Knox’s ordeal, if she chooses that path.
“I think that anything with her name on it and her face on it will create an interest,” said Gene Grabowski, a crisis management expert with Levick Strategic Communications. “This is the United States of Entertainment. There’s a constant market for entertainment.”
Knox also will be able to add fresh angles, which has been intensely speculated about over the past few years.
“She can provide detail of what happened and how she survived and the twists and turns in the case. I think all of that is of interest,” Vogel said.
Regardless of whether Knox hopes to live a quiet life or plans to capitalize on her unbidden fame, Grabowski said Knox will likely have to do at least one interview.
That will either allow the frenzy to die down so Knox can resume a normal life, or set the stage for future media deals about her life.
Although Knox’s camp is likely already fielding plenty of requests, Grabowski said he would counsel Knox to first take a week or so to get home, reunite with her family and rest, before sitting down for an interview.
“Moving too quickly in this situation probably would lead to a mistake,” he said.
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