Despite the fact that Lifetime is co-owned by ABC-parent Disney, ABC has landed the first on-camera interview with Amanda Knox.
Knox is the American college student convicted in late 2009 of murdering her British roommate, spending four years in jail before being acquitted on appeal.
Lifetime is the network that aired the pulp exploitation flick “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” in 2011, while the appeal was underway, over the strong objections of Knox and her parents, who said the flick’s portrayal of Amanda could hurt her chances of winning her appeal."I consider it the culmination of repeated violations by the media of my person, my personality, and my story," she told a judge in March of ‘11 when she tried to block airing of the movie. The flick disappointed in the ratings; averaging just 2.8 million in its premiere. For comparison sake, Lifetime’s “Craigslist Killer” premiered with 5.4 million tuned in, its "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" logged 5.8 million, and its Lindsay Lohan starrer “Liz & Dick” scored an underwhelming opening average of 3.5 million.
Anyway, Knox will sit down with Diane Sawyer – but it won’t be seen until April 30 which, not coincidentally, is the day Knox’s book, “Waiting to Be Heard” is published by HarperCollins.
Under terms of the deal, brokered by superlawyer Bob Barnett, the interview will be splashed across a multitude of platforms, including a one-hour primetime special, “World News with Diane Sawyer, “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” on ABCNews.com, Yahoo!, ABC News Radio, and ABC’s local stations.