Kerrigan Signs Disney Contract
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan signed a contract with the Walt Disney Co. that includes a TV story of her life, a children’s book and appearances at Disney theme parks, the company said Tuesday.
The monetary value of the contract wasn’t disclosed. But Disney said it wasn’t contingent on a Kerrigan medal victory at the Olympics in Norway.
″Absolutely not,″ said Gregg Taylor, a spokesman for Walt Disney Television . ″Nancy Kerrigan has been involved in Disney in the past with ice specials that we’ve done. She’s been a wonderful asset to our lineup of talent here. We were anxious to make some sort of overall deal with her.″
The agreement was signed Friday after Olympic officials gave their approval, allowing Kerrigan to retain her amateur standing to compete in the games, Taylor said.
″Nancy Kerrigan’s life and career has been synonymous with the strong family values that are the cornerstone of Disney entertainment,″ Rich Frank, president of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a press statement.
The contract calls for Kerrigan to star in an ice skating special for ABC- TV, which also will air a movie about her life. Walt Disney Television and The Steve Tisch Co. will produce both shows.
″Even without the recent brutal attack on her, Nancy Kerrigan’s life is a true American story with the ability to inspire all of us,″ Steve Tisch, who will be executive producer of the profile, said in the press statement.
On Jan. 6 in Detroit a thug clubbed Kerrigan’s knee at the U.S. championships, preventing her from skating. Rival skater Tonya Harding’s ex- husband has admitted complicity in the attack. Harding has denied any involvement.
The two skaters compete for Olympic gold beginning on Wednesday in Hamar, Norway.
The 24-year-old Kerrigan will appear at Disneyland and Walt Disney World this year and will be featured in Disney’s annual Christmas and Easter parades, broadcast by ABC.
She also will co-write a book for Hyperion Books for Children, a New York- based firm owned by Disney, Taylor said.
Kerrigan has existing endorsement deals with companies like Reebok athletic shoes and Campbell Soup Co.