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‘Survivor’ Hatch’s Book Deal Dead

September 13, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Millionaire ``Survivor″ Richard Hatch has been voted off the book list. Hatch’s lucrative deal with St. Martin’s Press has collapsed.

``We are not doing the book,″ St. Martin’s spokesman John Murphy said in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Post.

Under terms of its exclusive deals with Hatch and his 15 fellow ``Survivor″ castaways, CBS has veto power over how they can trade on their participation in the hit adventure-game series.

And the network already had a book in the works _ the official account, ``Survivor,″ written by the series’ executive producer Mark Burnett with Martin Dugard, arrived in book stores this week.

CBS spokesman Chris Ender said, ``Rich was very clear to us from the very beginning: He wanted to write about his life, not the `Survivor’ experience.″ He got CBS’ go-ahead.

But the Web site Inside.com reported Wednesday that a different proposal for ``Survival Skills for Life: An Owner’s Manual″ was submitted to publishers than the one CBS approved. According to Inside.com, St. Martin’s agreed to pay nearly $500,000 for a ``Survivor″ tell-all _ which Hatch wasn’t authorized to write.

A St. Martin’s spokesman wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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